Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student didn't have math homework, so didn't bring his book. I printed out questions from the online Chapter 10 test and worked on those with him. No issues except he sometimes mixes up radius and diameter in his calculations."
"We tried to cover as much math as possible so he could see variations on all different kind of problems; will review techniques on each section during tomorrow's session to prepare him for Saturday's SAT."
"The diagnostic pre-test taken by the client in Session 1 showed a 4-point improvement in English since the last time he had taken the ACT, which I found encouraging; Session 2 was spent examining his strengths and weaknesses to raise his score in a targeted way. We examined proper use of punctuation (commas, apostrophes, semicolons, colons), subject-verb agreement, narrative organization, parallelism, and identifying/fixing run-ons and sentence fragments. The session concluded with a 30-question practice; extrapolation of his average yielded a scaled English score of 30. I feel very confident about his performance on this part of the exam; next session will focus on science, with a quick review of English in our final meeting."
"Began teaching student algebra, a new concept for student. Began with simple problems in which the student is asked to find the value of a variable. Introduced and quizzed student on meaning of new algebraic terms."
"During this session the student and I focused, almost exclusively, on the Logic Games section of the first LSAT she took. We paid specific attention to the set-up and approach that can be used in order to avoid mistakes and reduce the amount of time spent on each question. She seemed to pick up very quickly on how to pick out key words in questions, such as must and could. She also seemed to understand the importance of utilizing a good, organized set-up when first approaching a set of Logic Game questions. For our next session, I asked her to practice Logic Game questions and bring her work along with her so that we can review her set-up."
"Did another math section from a practice test and reviewed the answers; did some practice questions for data analysis and reviewed the answers. Finally, went through questions in a previously done section and identified the key words in each question."
"Today we continued working on equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. We also did some more vocabulary and a couple of reading comprehension exercises."
"Today we covered chapter 9 on molecular bonding in the student's textbook. We chose to spend a little more time on this chapter due to the complexity of the material. I want her to be well prepared for her final exam. Today we were able to complete both section reviews and begin the chapter review. Tomorrow we will plan to finish chapter 9."
"Test prep. We began with a short pre-test for me to see where the student is starting. We then completed lesson 1 in an test reading prep book and lesson 1 in a math test prep book. He was very focused, motivated, polite and fun to work with! I will be going over the pre-test to get an idea of areas to focus on specifically, but otherwise will continue to focus on general test preparations."
"We continued to do more practice problems on Integration by Parts/Substitution. He also solved the problem that we left off from last time. He was able to finish all the problem sets on his own after some explanation on certain rules. In addition, I went over some basic rules/strategies in problem solving with him so that he would know how to tackle similar problems."
"Solving problems involving angles and sides of special quadrilaterals. The student needed assistance conceptualizing problems and applying concepts covered earlier in the year (e.g., inside/outside angles, sum of angles in quadrilaterals)."
"The student obtained the exam schedule. We went through naming of binary (one element) and ternary acids (multiple elements) today. We came up with some mnemonics. I went over the traditional naming rule for oxyacids. He practiced worksheets on naming acids and compounds. He is well-prepared. I think he should do well on the exam."