Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the topics covered in the past 3 weeks and took a "test" to see what client is remembering. She got everything correct. We also worked on reading comprehension and added 4 new vocabulary words."
"The student has really improved in his handwriting over the summer. He did great with an exercise on -er vowel sounds, as well as one where he had to identify if certain words were spelled correctly. We also did some subtraction problems, and I barely had to remind him how to do regrouping, as well as worked on his story. He came up with a great sentence all on his own that combined two ideas he wanted to write about. Next week when school begins I will start coming on Wednesday evenings."
"Reviewed the homework. Today we worked on synonyms, and language sections. I reminded him to check the directions to be sure what section he is on (punctuations, capitalization, etc.) We discussed strategies for synonyms, using context clues, plugging in the answer choices, looking at the root or prefix of the word, and checking if the word sounds positive or negative. I also assigned him some reading in his book. The section covers common errors in the Language part of the test. It also explains what to watch out for on the mechanics section."
"The student and I went through the final two units of his course tonight. It turns out he won't have to take the exam until next Monday, so we scheduled one more session for this Sunday when we will go over everything one last time. Tonight's material included past participles, vocabulary for trips and chores around the house, and some work with the subjunctive tense, which is an advanced concept that he handled nicely."
"I introduced the student to probability topics. Then I came up with example questions using topics that she can relate to such as Halloween costumes in the neighborhood. We then reviewed how to compute outliers, median, quartiles, and interquartile range. We also reviewed how to use the standard deviation formula. Overall the session was productive."
"I worked with the student on her math homework. She was having trouble with graphing and solving linear inequalities, but once we went through a few practice problems she was able to complete most of the homework on her own."
"I introduced myself to the student, and we had a discussion about her scores. Her mother also joined the discussion and said that her goal was for the student to not omit as many questions. She had already learned common test strategies from the test prep workshops she attended, so we focused on doing a detailed math review and adding a more nuanced approach to the test prep strategies. We practiced analogies and some reading comprehension in addition to math."
"We prepared for the student's math quiz, which is tomorrow. We spent most of the session doing his homework problems, and he needed some particular practice with the y=mx+b equation for a linear graph. We talked through what each variable meant and practiced solving for slope using two points from a graph. We also practiced using the slope and a point to solve for b, the y-intercept, ultimately writing the equation for y=mx+b. He certainly progressed in his understanding over the course of the session, though I urged him to further study how parallel lines indicate same slopes, while perpendicular lines indicate opposite, reciprocal slopes. Finally, I explained how to draw a line-of-best-fit for a scatter plot, though he needs to practice this on his own a bit to be sure he can apply it during his quiz tomorrow."
"The student has a presentation coming up where she has to talk for five minutes on one subject. She has chosen "The Art of Paris in the 1920s." She had written some sentences for this presentation, so we went over them, making the necessary edits and rewrites along the way. Additionally, we practiced the pronunciation of those phrases, including particularly difficult ones (le surrealisme, le cubisme, l'espagnol). We covered roughly half of the presentation this way, and will meet again soon to finish the rest."
"The student and I went over passé compose and imperfect and when to use which. We proceeded to go over which verbs use etre in passé compose, and how the rest use avoir. We also went over the conjugation of the verb venir, when to use de, la, and en, and some general vocab words."
"The student and I reviewed her work thus far on her essay and then proceeded to work on outlining and adding to what she had written thus far. We worked our way through 2/3 of her essay and agreed that we would meet either the next day or in two days to go over her work and submit her essay."
"In this session we went and reviewed important concepts in 4th grade math to see what types of problems to work on. He can do the math involved in multi-step word problems great. He wanted some help with multiplication involving three digit numbers. I left him extra practice for three digit multiplication and we will continue to review this tomorrow as well as doing more practice with word problems. I had no concerns with this tutoring session. He has a good grasp of most parts of fourth grade math, so we will spend most of the rest of our time focusing on introducing him to 5th grade math problems."