Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on her Geography notes covering 2 sections on North Africa. We also reviewed some Spanish for her quiz tomorrow. I encouraged her in her English reading of some mythology in addition to The Odyssey. Her reading comprehension seemed great as she could clearly re-tell what happened in the story."
"The student and I read a chapter of one of the books that he checked out of the library. In addition, we reviewed phonics since he missed most of the section. He now understands the basic concepts, but we will continue to refine his understanding of more difficult words."
"Reviewed two quizzes that student had taken over the last two weeks since we last met. She was able to do similar problems with ease so should do well on re-taking the quiz if she is able to. We also reviewed expected values and frequency graphing. She is able to manipulate the probability equations with ease, and struggles more with the visual formats of probability problems so we focused on the latter."
"Today the student and I focused the majority of our efforts on the Writing section of the SAT. We had a rather extended discussion about the merits and flaws of her essay, as well as those of the pre-graded example essays in the book. I also showed her an essay by George Orwell, Politics and the English Language, so we could discuss the merits of the writing style it discussed, and the similarities and differences from that writing style to one tailored for the SAT. We ended out the session with working through a section of writing together, as well as discussing certain grammar rules and writing principles that are important to the SAT."
"I had the student go through the exam diagnostic. He scored extremely high on both math sections but lower on sentence completion and other vocabulary centered areas. We spent the remainder of the session doing very difficult reading passages as I think aiming to improve his reading skill will be most useful both for his exam score and his broader education."
"The student first did her math homework covering graphing parabolas while labeling its vertex, focus, and lactus rectum. We also deduced the parabolic equation given only the vertex, focus, and lactus rectum. Then she did her chemistry lab that was on determining the balanced chemical equation from just using the reactants and observations of the chemical reaction."
"During this session, the student reviewed some Math homework and we discussed/continued to work on reading comprehension. The student is relatively strong in the area of reading comprehension - she must be careful to avoid mistakes and make sure to come to her own conclusions about the paragraphs before attacking the questions."
"We went over her homework and what they went over in class. Most of it was memorizing and knowing how and when to multiply. Afterward, she played a game on my tablet that helps with improving her speed with multiplication and division."
"We talked about what the student found challenging when she took the SAT in November. Based on this, we mainly focused on writing multiple choice and reading sections. We discussed specific grammatical principles (to be expanded on in future sessions) as well as overall test-taking strategies."
"She worked on finishing her math homework. We also worked on memorizing her six and seven multiplication facts. She also read a passage and answered some comprehension questions. I gave her a few pages to read and write a summary on for homework."
"The student and I worked on the laws of exponents, formulas and linear equations and word problems. All of his math is done online and he is having some difficulty in accessing the book. He will talk to his teacher about resolving this issue."
"Today I wanted to move away from the irregular verbs and begin to see how we might use those verbs to describe actions, and in particular characters actions. So we largely went over how to use faire and jouer to describe leisure activities after our quiz on irregular verbs. Mostly the conversation was drawn towards sports and shopping expressions, as well as games."