Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I began with the students by going through the reading and science test advice in their ACT prep books. We talked about which advice was good and bad and what was missing. Then we worked through a practice reading test together. So far, Student 1 has been much faster at finding correct answers. However, Student 2 is more cautious, thus gets fewer wrong answers. Next week, we will look at a practice science test."
"The scores from the student's previous SAT had come in, and his reading score had improved by 80 points, which was very promising. Because of his choice in colleges we remained focused on the reading. Because he still hasn't improved as much as I know he is capable of, we tried a totally different technique for how to get "involved" with the reading passages. We also did more intense work with vocab, writing down every word he didn't know, reviewing the definition, and then going back through the words at the end (we also repeated this with the list of words from last week)."
"The student selected a book that focuses on outer space for non-fiction. He is also studying this topic in school, so his reading enhances what he is learning in the classroom. Today, he read 25 pages from the outer space book and 30 pages from a young adult mystery. He did very well. He is remembering regularly to lower his voice with the period ending to a sentence. He is doing better with fluency. I asked him if his teacher had him read to her at her desk. She does. I explained that this is where he gets his grade for reading. He still needs to work on "a" and "the" swapping."
"Today the student and I went over developing better study skills for his classes, in particular, his history class. We discussed how to take notes more effectively. He had been taking notes as he read, trying to determine them sentence by sentence. I taught him to, instead, read a paragraph, then try to pick the main idea and the supporting details out of it. We also came up with a nice way to arrange the information in his notes using indentation and different color pens to make his notes more readily accessible for studying."
"The student and I went over her math which was working with percentages. She understood percentages very well so we were able to move through her homework quickly. Afterwards, we practiced for the exam coming up. This involved a lot of questions regarding probability as well as mean, median, mode and range. She is improving greatly on these topics and I am very happy with her progress."
"Today we worked on another test review. The review covered all the different properties of logs. Also, we worked on test corrections for her last test. That material covered the different conics and simplifying exponential expressions. Most of her problem on her last test was just simple minor mistakes. Because she showed her work, we could find almost every place where she went wrong. I think now if she comes across any of that material on her final she will get it right then. As for her test tomorrow over logs, she should do great!"
"To begin, we played a vocabulary game to review the words from last week. For the rest of the session, he read newspaper articles on his favorite football team. He did very well with both articles."
"SAT Reading and English sections; strategies to approach questions on each. We also covered topics that will be relevant on the Math section, mostly set theory."
"Today the student and I talked about narrative writing. We looked at a few examples, and she was surprised by all the different things you could talk about. She brainstormed a few topics that she would write about and we discussed them. For next week, she will have written the essay for us to go over."
"The student has a test on Thursday in algebra. We worked through the take home worksheets to prepare her for the test which includes solving systems of linear equations. The student is very good at being able to solve the equations by substitution, elimination or graphing. She has more difficulty with the problems that are testing the concept, for example being able to look at two linear equations and determine whether they are parallel or pick the graph that represents a line perpendicular to the one given."
"We over the basic requirements of the course to make sure I was on the right page from what I had read before hand. Went over the basic idea of statistical testing and basic concepts that were on her first assignment. Completed and submitted her first assignment. Went over basic concepts that would be on her next assignment."
"Everything is going very well with the student. We went over verb tenses and verb conjugations. We also worked on a strategy to develop her vocabulary more. This week, her assignment was to get the 501 Spanish verbs book. Next week, we will go over another article and also start working on some Spanish idioms."