Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met with the student for the first time. She seems to be overwhelmed by the amount of work she has in Biology and Chemistry and has gotten a little behind. With Biology, she is having trouble following the logic behind it. We worked on the presentation she has due and the briefly went over the review sheet for her Biology test. With Chemistry, she has fallen behind and we will do some catch up work. Again, she is following the instructions and going through the motions but isn't necessarily understanding the material. We will need to review what she has already learned and catch up with her class. We will be meeting again next week. Possibly Tuesday during the day."
"The student did a practice test today and then we went over the questions together. There was not time to tabulate and go over ALL of the results but we were able to do so for both Reading and Math. Her math score increased by over 50 points!"
"The student and I started off the session by reviewing the techniques I had taught for passage based reading questions. We went over his homework questions, and then we moved on to the math section. We focused on geometry and algebra questions. He has one math section to complete for homework. Our next meeting will be December 3rd."
"Today the student did a good job. We reviewed for his final that is next week. We talked about everything he did in geometry this year. He did an awesome job. We talked about proportions, inscribed circles, and much more."
"Reviewed how to form present-, imperfect-, and perfect-tense verbs. We need to work on determining how to recognize the difference among nouns, verbs, and adjectives (will in part come from just doing it over and over). Covered verb and noun endings. His translation skills are fairly good for where he is at (barely needs any work there). The main areas of opportunity are vocabulary (repetitive practice) and recognizing the different endings (he is confusing nouns and adjectives with verbs)."
"Since the student did not have time to do work for the session, we did practice test problems together, going aside to explain topics as they arose. I assigned specific work in geometry. Also, I asked him to do at least one general section in math and verbal. "
"Today we covered the student's impending science exam. We went over the circulatory system, the digestive system, and cellular structure and hierarchy. The student seems to have an excellent grasp of the material! He also seems confident, self-assured, and motivated!"
"The student and completed test review, identifying who pays more of a tax (consumer vs. producer) depending on elasticity of demand and supply, elasticities and change in surplus, increase in surplus that goes to new producers, alternative methods for finding consumer surplus, value to buyers vs. value to sellers. This session was productive and similar to the last session. We were at least able to cover everything and I think that he has the tools to be prepared."
"Today we dove into the beginning of the student's algebra review for summer math homework. We started to find out the identity/value of one variable in terms of another. This entailed rewriting equations with one particular variable value being asked for."
"We went over associative, commutative properties, factoring, foiling, graphing, and various other algebra II topics to review for his test this coming Tuesday. I will see him on Monday to review again. No concerns."
"During our session, the student and I mainly focused on critical reading. We began by discussing her vocabulary words for the week, and I left her an additional practice to complete. We then reviewed strategies from an article written by a student who drastically improved his score on the C.R. section of the SAT. We used these strategies to review 2 C.R. sections that the student completed for homework. Since we had a bit of extra time, we also completed prewriting for an essay that she will have to write in English class. For homework, the student will complete at least two C.R. practice tests from her book."
"Today we focused on reading comprehension, specifically on the passage comprehension sections. First, the student did a few questions at a time on his own, after which we went over the answers and strategies in detail; then he did a full section on his own, and we reviewed the questions he had gotten wrong. Overall, he did an excellent job of eliminating incorrect choices to get the correct answer, especially on vocabulary-in-context questions, though he needed help with the particular science-based passage we ended with, which I intentionally selected for its difficulty. We will meet one more time before the SAT; we will use this time to do a final review of reading as well as writing and math sections, focusing on speed and test-taking strategies."