Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Having moved on to the linguistic portion of the placement test, the student was comfortable starting with a review of the verbal skills section. We discussed several strategies to deal with vocabulary questions (antonyms, synonyms, and analogies) when confronted with unfamiliar words: establishing relationships, performing "word surgery" to find roots, and applying context by coming up with sample sentences."
"We began this session with some work on rhyming words: she read a word in the left column and had to find a word in the right column that rhymed. She did a GREAT job with this! With each word, she identified which letters/sounds the words shared. We then reviewed days of the week and months and practiced writing the names of each. We finished with some more math review -- she is starting to get the hang of subtraction, and it's coming much more naturally to her now."
"In the session with the student today we reviewed his third and final draft of his comparison essay. We had reworked all the repetitive sections, and he added in a few more details. Then we reviewed some review of tricky homophones, discussed some small vocab exercises, and reviewed a synonym/antonym practice crossword. Our last activity was to use an Idea Web to outline his creative short essay that he brainstormed for last week, "What It Would Be Like If We Lived In Space.""
"We went over practical strategies for the Improving Paragraphs and Identifying Sentence Errors portions of the SAT practice booklet, reviewing basic grammar skills and how to choose the best answer."
"The student and I worked on her pre-calculus homework over limits. She was able to solve most of the problems using the different rules she had learned in class. There were some questions that she had a few problems with; Specifically, the problems that dealt with finding the limits when there were square roots was confusing for her because her teacher has not covered this in class yet. Other than that, progress was good."
"Met with the student for the first time. He seems to be a very organized and disciplined young man. Spent some time discussing his schedule and goals. Afterwards, I had him read a passage for me and discuss word meanings and concepts throughout the passage in a book he had used a year or two prior. He had difficulty with some of the words but not comprehending the passage overall. At this point, I was having troubling deciding how best to challenge him."
"We reviewed the student's current Algebra II class content which involved working with complex ratios and expressions. I explained some confusing problems from her previous homework assignments and helped her complete her current assignment. We did a "mini-lesson" on the next topic to be covered in class so she might feel more comfortable with the upcoming material."
"The student and I went over an essay he had written prior to our session. We discussed the importance of understanding and defining key terms and using those terms to frame a solid analytical argument about a given topic. He writes well, so we did some preliminary work on diversifying his sentence structure and organizing his thoughts. Additionally, we touched upon the importance of a comprehensive, easy-to-understand thesis paragraph. As always with this exam, there's the issue of time management, so we decided that it would be a good idea for him to continue writing practice essays in a controlled setting."
"The student and her mom informed me that she is improving in her math class. Her teacher is giving her an opportunity to rework problems that she missed during her quiz. We spent the time reviewing the material (surface area and volume of prisms, cones, spheres, and cylinders) so she can try to earn points back."
"I made specific worksheets to help him with the words that have been most challenging to him. The worksheets consisted of identifying opposite words and verbs, fill in the blanks and multiple choice questions that may be similar to what will be on the test. Hopefully this week we will work 100% on studying for the upcoming test. I gave him some study ideas as well as a list of what I've discovered are his most challenging verbs to remember for this chapter lesson."
"We worked on different versions of a specific Algebra problem that shows up very common on the SAT (a^2-b^2). My observation is that she is able to solve most of those problems if she can just write down what is given on the graphs given. It seems that she is sometimes afraid to attempt the question. The confidence necessary to do that should build over time."
"This session the student and I worked almost exclusively on Physics homework. We worked on the ideas of graphing position versus time graphs and velocity versus time graphs and the relationships between them, involving slope, and area under the curves."