Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was my first day working with the student. I asked her what she needed help on and she wanted to finish a Geometry packet which served as a review for her test this week. I was really pleased with her willingness to listen and learn. She had some trouble understanding a few of the applications at first but as soon as I explained it again she understood perfectly. I hope she does well on her exam on Friday - from our time together I'm pretty confident she won't have any trouble."
"Today we worked on math. The student is quite smart, and there are only a few concepts she needs to work on. We did some practice with the various styles of geometry questions, as well as logarithms, combinations, permutations and logic problems. When she figures something out she's very fast, so I don't think timing will be too big of an issue for her."
"The student and I went over strategies for the science section and practiced previewing the seven passages to determine where to start. After trying one of each type of passage (data representation, experiments, and "fighting scientists") we determined that he was most comfortable with the data representation passages, and least comfortable with the fighting scientists. We then went though some of the passages together and practiced answering the questions together, crossing off the answers that were obviously wrong. I let him do two passages on his own so that he could practice his timing. I assigned another practice section as homework and asked him to score it himself. With our remaining time I gave him a quiz on affect vs. effect, less vs. fewer, and it's vs. its vs. its' (doesn't exist). We went over the correct answers together."
"The student review her letter and letter sounds today. She is having trouble remembering the sounds for l and q. She has mastered about 90% of her sounds and letters since I began working with her. Today, we did a picture sorts with the letters R and L as a refresher since these letters are the ones that she sometimes forgets. I introduced her to a new book that also had 2 new sight words: 'come' and 'see.' I have also taught her that at the beginning of each sentence, the first letter is capitalized and that there is always a form of punctuation mark at the end of the sentence. Before she tells me that she is done writing her sentence, I have her check for these 2 things. She is able to tell me the story in sequence order and also, make a connection with the story she is reading."
"I met the student for the first time. He is very bright. We talked a lot about slowing down, taking your time, etc. I think he will be able to get a great math score if he's able to follow my advice. For next time, I'm going to bring him some vocabulary handouts."
"I worked with the student to review a recent test she had. She did not do well on the test, but I was encouraged by her understanding of what went wrong and how she should have done things differently. This was a pleasant contrast to previous sessions where we reviewed old tests and she did not have concrete ideas on how to go about the problems she missed."
"Gave the student a small diagnostic on multiplication, division, adding and subtracting integers, fractions, and decimals. Worked with him on ordering negative fractions, decimals, and percents. Specifically worked with him on word problems."
"The student and I reviewed Integral Calculus material. We found the area of cross sections of various shapes and then integrated over them to calculate volume. We rotated shapes across axis or axis-perpendicular lines. He had a good handle on the material to begin with and just needed a little bit of guidance in formulating the problems and setting up the integrals. He should do fine on his test."
"Today we continued with practice tests and will be doing reviews on Friday. The student is showing much improvement in his math skills. We also worked on his language arts book and we started a writing prompt in his handwriting book."
"The student and I reviewed animals of the zodiac. He has become more proficient about speaking about food so we reviewed that as well. In addition, we learned more names of common Chinese dishes. In the second session, we learned how to describe illness and aches as part of his survival skills in China."
"We worked with structuring her reading time. She set a timer at 30 minutes and read silently for that time period. I asked her to summarize what she was reading about every 5-7 minutes. She did a great job. She understands more than she is giving herself credit for. We also worked with revising her English process paper and discussed what her points were. We will continue to work on time management."
"Today we went over the procedure for stretching/shrinking functions. We looked at it algebraically and graphically, the latter being very helpful for the student to get down the horizontal stretching rules. We also covered the packet to prepare him for his quiz on Thursday and reviewed logarithm arithmetic for his final."