Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Discussed plans for the student's preparation for the SAT on Saturday and the one she's planning to register for on June 4: we'll aim to have touched on all the material at least some before Saturday, so on Thursday we'll cover the rest of the math and the multiple choice writing questions. After I leave on May 15, the student would like another tutor to work with her until the June 4 test (we spoke about having her mom call to discuss this further). Today we completed the geometry material and practiced related problems, especially areas and perimeters of two-dimensional figures, and volumes and volume ratios of 3-D ones. We also discussed how to further develop specifics about her list of examples she plans to draw from on the essay."
"Interview session with the students and the parents. We will focus on geometry and physics (10th grade) for both boys. Our sessions will be on Wednesdays for a total of 1.5 hrs (45 min/student individually). If more time is needed, then we will increase. Primary goals are homework, review of lecture material, and test prep. One student requested that we spend time focusing on AIMS test once they receive info from teachers."
"Today was my last session with the girls before they take the exam on the 28th. They have come a long way. We worked mainly on math again. I told the girls to keep working on vocabulary flash cards outside of the session, as well. Overall, the girls have improved from our sessions."
"We spent the entire hour reviewing the southern and eastern European countries, their capital cities, and the surrounding bodies of water. The student has a map test tomorrow and some of the names of the countries and their capitals (pronunciation and spelling) are quite challenging. She was quite focused tonight as she reviewed the map for her test."
"Reviewed final concepts about which student may still be uncertain. Discussed what to expect in the morning. Finally discussed of the essay and its purpose. Had student perform exercises on mathematics concepts historically problematic and witnessed drastic improvement in student's mathematics understanding since first few sessions."
"Briefly reviewed sig figs, measurement conversion, and other chem basics. Then we moved on to geometry and worked through part of a problem set. He can logically work through the questions."
"I had the student do one math section from a practice test and we went over the answers. We worked on the problems that represent functions as well as dealing with negative numbers in simple math functions. We practiced both of those things."
"Today we focused on writing a friendly letter to Santa. The student used his graphic organizer from last week to compose a friendly letter. We reviewed the parts of a friendly letter: heading/date; greeting, body, and closing/signature. He finished writing his letter and will address an envelope during the next session. We began reading a new story, "Ronald Goes to Bat," a 2nd grade level story. He is using reading strategies to decode words and we will work on compound words during the next session. It's important the student read 2nd grade stories now, since the school year is now half-way over."
"In yesterday's session we covered the present tense conjugation rules of regular verbs, the use of defined and undefined articles, and subject and verb agreement. In addition to this, we reviewed the homework, which was a series of sentences with vocabulary of chapter 1. We also reviewed the introduction of the book, as well as the irregular verbs ser and ir. It has been pretty intense, but she seems to be doing great!"
"Today we covered log rules and concepts relating inverse functions. In general, it was a pretty good review of everything and we were able to get through almost everything today. If there was anything left, we would do this tomorrow. The student struggled with the concept of if you take the function to its inverse, then it gives back x. So we might need to review this concept. We can do the tomorrow and I also told the student to look back at the notes. Overall, it was a good session"
"This 1.5 hour session focused on understanding the elements of a short story. The student and the tutor addressed elements of plot, theme, and characters within each short story. The student related the various elements of the short story and made connections between these elements and real life situations. Upon completion of this review, the student and tutor reviewed each of his assigned stories and examined hidden messages and themes in each work. At this time, the student and parent have no critical concerns. The next session is scheduled for Oct. 9th."
"Completed this week's POW. Topics included: a guess and check problem, using substitution to determine the relative values of shapes, finding the greatest common multiple for in the differences between three numbers, determining if the 'look and say' pattern can ever contain a 4, and using logic to determine the speed of a runner and the distance a train traveled based on fractional train tunnel lengths."