Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was prepping for a test over trig and we reviewed trig functions, the unit circle, the special right triangles, odd-even functions, fundamental identities, addition & subtraction formulas, and double & half angle formulas."
"We corrected the student's science homework (only missed one) and continued our work in the English section of the test. We spent quite a bit of time on subject-verb agreement questions, as well as some style issues. I read and marked up an essay that the student is working on for his English class, as well."
"This session, we focused on doing more practice for the English/Writing portion of the ACT. I plan on doing more essay focusing in our last session, but my primary goal is to make sure he knows how to apply all of the concepts we have gone over. I was very proud when he was able to correctly add the commas in a sentence because of the dependent and independent clauses. He is also starting to understand what I mean when I tell him to counter-argue his point. He is learning that the point is to expand his own argument, not support the other side explicitly. I am very excited regarding his progress."
"We worked on distance formula and midpoint formula and completed questions assigned from class. He told me he hasn't received the copy of the textbook for this material yet, but he also isn't taking many class notes. I recommend that he has a formula sheet that he makes so all the information can be in one place. He is, however, already showing more of his work on the paper."
"Spent half the time on math (working through various graphing problems), and the other half on reading. Did some reading vocabulary-building. Practiced two-passage compare/contrast questions with both longer and shorter passages. Tried out some strategies (ordering questions, taking notes, summarizing, underlining different/same details) for keeping track of which information, arguments, and angles are used/presented in which passage."
"The student is continuing to work on summaries for the Space Odyssey assignment. We have also been working on his biography assignment for English. He transcribed one of his interviews and will be working on completing more interviews for the assignment in the coming week."
"Student and I went over line functions, both how to get functions from different sets of information, to understanding what the different forms of line equations tell you. We also talked about 'To Kill a Mockingbird', reviewing the book from the beginning to where his class is now and talking about a few different themes."
"The student and I went over one of her final exams that she has to retake. We covered first and second derivatives, maximums and minimums of functions, concavity, increase and decreasing intervals and points of inflection. We also covered rates of change, which we will work more on tomorrow."
"Today, we covered a range of topics. First, I helped the student put together a works cited page for a paper she has due next week. Once we finished that, I assisted her with a PowerPoint outline for the same paper. This went fairly quickly and then I reviewed the basics with her in case she finished the outline this weekend. After we finished the works cited and the PowerPoint, I helped her organize all of her paperwork from one of her classes for a test on Monday."
"After introductions, we started with critical reading practice. She worked from the section 7 printout from the red book. Introduced the strategy of reading the questions first, and modeled how to do it. Then she worked on the questions, marking her text, etc. She did well, but there is room for improvement, which we will work on in successive sessions. Next, we moved on to sentence completion work. We practiced having her fill in the blanks with her own words, then matched against the choices, after which she completed the sentence completion practice questions in the exercise on pages 44-46. She demonstrated that she works carefully, which is an important advantage in taking a test like the SAT. We followed with some math practice, and will do more next time."
"We went over Ch. 20 (dialogue 1) vocabulary again as a refresher as it has been a week since our last session. Afterwards we also went over new grammar structures and practiced it in the workbook. We also did reading comprehension questions in the workbook. She does well if the questions are asked in English, but struggles when they are asked in Chinese, so we will work more on listening comprehension."
"The student had completed four separate reading sections within his own personal test prep book over the past week. We spent most of this session going over the vocab and reading comprehension sections in each of these. The student's vocabulary skills have improved significantly: on average, he only got one vocab question wrong per section. Likewise, his reading comprehension grades were acceptable. To end the session, the student and I discussed strategies for writing the SAT essay. I gave him a sheet with tips, and told him to write from a prompt I assigned him over the next four days."