Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I went over the grammar material for the new chapter: impersonal subjunctive expressions and stem-changers in the present subjunctive. After that, we began to make a study guide of all the material he has covered this semester to begin to prepare for his final exam."
"The student and I worked through the questions she missed on her last practice sections. She's doing quite well on the questions she answers but is running out of time to complete the last five or six questions in each section. We discussed strategies for increasing her efficiency. I showed her how to speed read and it cut the amount of time she had to spend on the passage in half."
"The student and I talked mostly about the math section of the admissions test again tonight, identifying several topics that will be good to work on in the next few weeks before she takes the test. For next time she is going to do practice problems that require knowledge of triangles, circles, angles, and lines. Lots more to do, but there's time!"
"The student informed me today that he wasn't able to take the test for chapter 11 last week and that he was feeling shaky with that material. We spent the entire session reviewing and working problems relating to balancing equations, mole-to-mole problems, mass-to-mole problems, and mass-to-mass problems. We worked a lot of problems out of the textbook to make sure that he understood how to answer each type of question. By the end of our session he seemed to have a good grasp on how to go about solving these problems."
"During this session, the student and I primarily focused on preparing for the writing portion of the admissions test verbal section. We reviewed the essay scoring guidelines, and I had her read essays which scored a six down to essays which scored a three. I had her explain to me why one essay received a six and another, a much lower score. We then engaged two essays, which received scores of six, sentence by sentence, in order for her to understand the mechanics and nuances of an essay worthy of a score of six. For next week, she is going to have completed four practice essays for me to review with her. To close our session, we discussed active vs. passive voice, coordinating conjunctions, and addressed the grammar and punctuation portion of the test's verbal section. She also intends to have read the entire writing chapter from her test prep book by our next session."
"We reviewed the material to gain an understanding of terms and concepts for gases, and see where the student's initial focus of concepts and equations should be. From there we worked ahead as much as possible, without knowing where here teacher would start in gases, and I explained to her anything she didn't seem to grasp thoroughly upon first review."
"The student and I worked on finding the perimeter and area of rectangles, triangles, and circles during our session. We utilized several online games that emphasized practice using the formulas for calculating area and perimeter. After that she and I worked on her math homework. She was working on adding and subtracting large numbers, as well as utilizing variables."
"We did a general overview of the French Revolution and discussed the 21 "topics" that her teacher had given her and how they caused or had an effect on the Revolution. The student will have to write a paragraph on each of these topics so we discussed what the main point of the paragraphs should be and what supporting details she will need to include. We also spent some time discussing her writing style, what she viewed as her strengths and weaknesses in her writing, and how to address some of these issues."
"We talked about what the student found challenging when she took the SAT in November. Based on this, we mainly focused on writing multiple choice and reading sections. We discussed specific grammatical principles (to be expanded on in future sessions) as well as overall test-taking strategies."
"We moved the check in for the student's planner writing skills until next week. We also caught up on the page counting for his reading class but he said he would produce the actual write-up of it next week. Then we talked over his past week at school to make sure all assignments were in and that he felt he was on top of all the work. Also we talked about his long term assignments which are being assigned more now."
"For this session, the student had some homework that he wanted me to look over. His class is covering transverses, triangles and solving for unknown angle values and variables. There were very few errors on the homework itself and I am definitely seeing initiative to show work and work through the entire problem. We also did some review for the chapter."
"Reviewed material from before the break. We learned colors and shapes as well. Told the students to review together so Student 1can be on the same level as Student 2, and so we can move to more advanced material."