Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed writing linear equations as well as graphing. Studied point-slope form, slope-intercept form, finding the slope, and finding the intercepts. The student is doing well. We will continue to review linear equations tomorrow, primarily focusing on finding the slope and y-intercept given two points."
"We went over some final test materials before his test in two days. Specifically, I gave him some last minute pointers for the reading and science sections and advice for the test day."
"The student had completed practice test 2 in the review book since our last meeting. We redid some problems she had not answered correctly and practiced shortcuts and estimation techniques to help her use her time well on test day. Her confidence and skills are noticeably improving with her studying."
"We went over the student's biology assignment - two questions given to her by her biology teacher today. I also explained the concept of the "science portfolio," which is an accumulated display of what she learned. I told her that every day, she needs to write about what she did and learned in class to make up her portfolio. We also found essential questions and required readings on the teacher's website that I told her she needs to go through. We'll discuss more with the teacher tomorrow. The student and I made a list of her other assignments, which included reading the history chapter she was behind on, studying for her vocab test, and reviewing math terms in English. She then worked on the school-wide writing prompt about genetics."
"1. Tested the student on vocabulary lists 1 and 2 2. Corrected homework and formatively assessed student's comfort with numbers and operations problems, in which student showed considerable improvement 3. Started review on Algebra and functions and assigned problems in preparation for next session 4. Emailed the student a fourth vocabulary list (77-words) and Analytical writing prompt to prepare for next session Overall, the student is making steady progress in the quantitative problems assigned."
"Spent entire session going over language section of the test (grammar, spelling, capitalization, usage, punctuation) at the student's request. The student made significant progress as we worked through the test, noting that she was beginning to anticipate what types of questions would be asked and what kinds of answers would be offered. I took notes on grammar rules/concepts that were unfamiliar or in need of review and left notes with student. Finished session with a spelling worksheet of commonly misspelled words."
"We started going over his math quiz. He had struggled with negative exponents and some order of operations issues. We reviewed and practiced those rules and he seemed to be more comfortable with those sorts of problems. And then we went over his history study guide again. He felt very comfortable with all the topics."
"During our session the student and I went over a writing section he wrote since our last meeting. This was one of the best essays I have seen from Nate, he has greatly improved on this section and had few grammatical or stylistic errors. We went over a geometry worksheet I brought in order for Nate to focus on this specific topic within the math section of the test. He did really well with the worksheet, which I think was due to him being able to focus on one topic. I hope to work with him to build his confidence so when the test comes he will feel comfortable moving through the math section and changing subtopics. We completed two reading selections, one where he did not read the questions beforehand and another where he did. He said he preferred the second method and I think it helped improve his score. We also completed a small section of the science portion of the test."
"The student and I reviewed the following chemistry topics: acids and bases (harder problems than the previous session as well as problems from her mock final), displacement reactions, reactivity of metals. We also reviewed her mock math final, with an emphasis on geometry."
"Looked over rough draft and worked on issues such as changing her language to the present tense when writing about a work of literature. Worked on topic sentences, and we made progress connecting the paragraphs to one another."
"I helped the student with his online algebra homework and quizzes. He initially had trouble with factoring polynomials but after going through all his homework problems, he was able to factor the equations with ease."
"The student and I reviewed her lab report and studied material for her exam tomorrow. Her exam covers projectile motion, centripetal force, and relative motion. We reviewed a lot of material, but it appeared she had a better understanding towards the end of the session. We agreed that moving forward we would try and meet earlier on in the section and stay ahead of the game!"