Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed homework and a practice test (30). Needs more practice with English - slow down and read carefully, Math - read questions carefully and needs review of geometry and introduction to trig concepts, Read - timing. Definitely improving and is motivated to do well."
"We spent this session working on a school assignment. The student had to do a book review, which he must present in class. Using the rubric given by his teacher as a guide, we completed all parts of the assignment. He wrote about why he had chosen the book, found a passage to read aloud to the class, and wrote a summary of the book. We added more details to his first summary draft, using who, what, when, where, why, and how as our guide."
"We introduced ourselves as well as the specific struggles the student was having. I emphasized the importance of simplicity and how important it is in math, especially when dealing with polynomials. He expressed that he had the most trouble with graphs, specifically how the shape of a graph was impacted by different factors and how to determine the range and domain of a graph. We also talked about some rules of exponents. We covered how numbers less than or greater than one make a graph wider or narrower and how the position of the center point of a graph can be shifted. We briefly discussed factoring and how important it is to simplifying problems. We also went over ranges and domains."
"The student and I went over his homework for the night, which he had completed much of before I arrived. We corrected some errors in the work he had already done and I helped him finish the rest. We briefly went over a few topics for a math quiz on the types of angles he will have tomorrow, but he was already very confident and comfortable with the material."
"We worked on a song by Taylor Swift called "Ours," which incorporated syncopated right hand picking with open chords. I had the student use a metronome and discussed different practice techniques that would help her for when she actually wants to perform the song. We talked about right and left hand techniques which included keeping a relaxed right wrist and having curved fingers on the left hand. Then to end the lesson I explained to her the "CAGED" system, which will have her playing chords all around the fret board instead of just in one position."
"Studied for midterm on enolates, carboxylic acid derivatives, and amines/amides. Made list of common reagents and the transformations they cause to each type of molecule. Also discussed acidity and basicity briefly."
"Today we worked on algebraic expression for an hour. I helped the student correct her homework on graphs and plotting x and y variables. Additionally we worked on word problems that incorporated fractions. For the next hour I worked on defining biological definitions to her. Most of the hour was helping her understand the concepts of experiment, control, theory and hypothesis using real life examples"
"The student and I continued reviewing 5th grade math concepts, including finding perimeter and area of regular shapes (squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles). We also discussed multiplication and simplification of fractions. He did well staying focused. We plan to meet again on Saturday."
"The student and I covered composition, organization, and mathematics today. We reviewed his math homework, checked over all the answers, and the moved on to English. He wrote a 200-word summary of "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen, with particular emphasis on sentence structure, clarity, and tone. He did an excellent job."
"The student printed out a PowerPoint on probability that I reviewed and covered with the student. We worked on the practice problems listed in the PowerPoint and compared how to find the probability of independent vs. dependent variables. The student and I then worked on a worksheet that had been supplied comparing finding theoretical vs. experimental probability. Overall, the student grasped all the concepts with ease. I'm excited by her progress and her focus."
"Worked on reading section of practice test, focused on finding the author's argument; how it is relevant to the question. Also covered some math problems, worked specifically on FOIL/polynomial multiplication, reciprocals, absolute values, and some word problem strategies."
"We started off by going over a sentence completion strategy involving filling in the blanks, positive/negative association, and process of elimination. I taught her a strategy for reading comprehension (question trigger words and general/specific questions), which I layered as we went over longer passages. We then went over, and practiced arithmetic concepts."