Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student and I went over the material he had completed for each class since our last tutoring session. He had testing on Wednesday so he had little homework due. We went ahead and started working on his short story for English and he is essentially 2 class periods ahead. We also talked about the importance of reading and studying everyday. I talked with him about some new techniques we are going to try for French and that he needs to find a book that interests him."
"We moved on from equations and inequalities and into working with polynomials. The plan is to complete the chapters (11 and 12) with the graphing aspect next week. The hope is that we can then get to a review day on the 18th of December in order to solidify both chapters prior to the holiday break."
"Today we used flash cards, a visual test, and bilingual conversation to work with the youngest student on French clothing words. We covered words he'd covered in class, plus some new ones as well. The eldest student and I worked on his vocabulary. He received the second highest grade in his class when tested on the vocabulary!"
"We worked on breaking down complicated-looking problems into smaller, more manageable pieces. She needs be confident in her understanding and realize that most of what they are asking are things she already knows. We are going to really work on identifying what kind of problem each question is, then seeing what information we need and what we can use to get there."
"The student has his first exam coming up on the 10th, so we are focused on completing his review assignment and making sure he is comfortable with all of the topics that are to be covered. Today we went over measurements, focusing on conversions. He will make formula flash cards."
"The student and I looked over past quizzes from her stats class. She has a goal of 85% average. We mostly looked at practice quiz 1 (regressions, definitions, standard deviations, z-scores), and spent a lot of time learning how to use the TI-89. I should try to anticipate the content of her future classes and plan on teaching it to her as mini-lessons. Next session we'll be learning conditional and joint probabilities. Any extra time will be reserved for a general algebra refresher for her potential basic math course on Thursday (9/27)."
"Today was my last session with the student before his SAT. We went over the writing section some more -- he seems to have a pretty solid grasp of it, but we went over the steps of attack, what makes sentences wrong, etc. I have no doubt in my mind he'll do well tomorrow!"
"We focused on the US History test, since she takes that Wednesday and is worried about it. We went through some practice tests and brainstormed the essays; I encouraged her to pre-write and be sure she is fully answering each question because she has a tendency to jump in and start writing what she knows without organizing herself first. She should also review the second half of the 19th century and the post-Reagan years."
"Today we worked through several sections of verbal and reading comprehension that the student had completed prior to our meeting. We worked on defining a few words that he didn't understand as well as critically reading for questions that asked about specific sentences in the passage. In addition, we discussed a plan for how the subsequent sessions should proceed."
"Today we covered some of the most difficult Math questions the SAT could offer. We discussed some strategies for dealing with questions of this level of difficulty. We then reviewed some verbal/reading comp questions."
"Today we introduced the method of elimination for solving a system of two equations. The student seemed to pick up on this method very easily. After the first example, he was more comfortable representing statements as equations than just reasoning through them in paragraph form. He still finds it a little hard to see the substitution step and how to employ it by himself, though otherwise he seems to have gotten down all of the algebraic manipulation of unknowns. He could also use a refresher on fractions."
"I helped the student first over multi angle and sum trig identities. I then helped over basic trig function, such as special triangles and finding values over six trig functions. Then I showed him the formulas to a sinusoid trig function. After giving him some foundations and formulas I told him to do as many problems as he can. When I come back Saturday I'll look over what he has done and then we can go from there."