Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on math and biology for the majority of the session. He continues to do well in both subjects. He has a good grasp on trigonometry and vectors, which is the unit we are currently working through, so it is a matter of really getting it into his muscle memory so that as we progress into the unit, he can build on this understanding."
"In this session, we did another review that consisted of integers, multiplying/dividing fractions, and order of operations. He knew how to do these problems so I decided to quiz him. For integers, he still knew the rules when adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers. For multiplying/dividing integers, he knew the steps to solving these fractions. He remembered to multiply across and simplify the fraction if it was possible. For the division, he remembered to find the reciprocal of the second fraction and change the division sign to a multiplication, multiply them across, and see if the fraction can be simplified. Next, we did order of operations. He still remember the PEMDAS method. He did them without any help. He found the review to be very easy."
"We continued to go through the review sheet the student was provided. He is struggling the most with word problems. I had him go through the problems using a technique I like, where the student evaluates the question without using any numbers until the very end. This seemed to help, a bit but he still needs some practice on those questions. I didn't leave him with any extra practice, as he still has a lot of problems to go through on the review sheet before his test on Wednesday."
"He really did an excellent job today!! We went over the student's words of the week. He practiced spelling them, both with help and on his own. We focused on the two sounds "th" make (ex. "thing" vs. "the"), and his vocab word "there". We went over his flashcards and focused on the harder words. He read three of his mini books out loud. We also did a few of the addition cards."
"The student and I talked about using his agenda. We learned about box plots, mean, median, range, and organized his math binder. We also studied the skeletal and muscular systems in preparation for his test tomorrow."
"The student and I had a great time practicing vocabulary today! To start, I created different fill-in-the-blank sentences for her, and asked her to supply the relevant vocabulary word. After she mastered that task, we turned the tables and she was the one who had to come up with sentences using her vocabulary words. To finish, I wrote out a short story using all her vocabulary words and we worked together to figure out which words went in which sentences based on larger context clues. She did very, very well!"
"Reviewed for the student's retake of her test. Completed a packet I brought that was similar to the test to prepare her for the same type of questions. She only had a few misunderstandings but seemed to understand overall."
"We worked on Math for most of the session. It is clear that we have a lot of fundamental work to do, because the student has little confidence in her math skills. We worked on algebra, refreshing her memory of basic principles. She has more trouble focusing on the Math than the Verbal, where she has more confidence. We finished with about 30 practice Verbal problems."
"Marc had some math homework involving understanding various math properties (the commutative and associative property) which he understood perfectly. He also had to define and give sentence examples of various prefixes/suffixes which he breezed through. He is doing incredibly well!"
"In this session, we worked through the student's present coursework, including analyzing two nonfiction articles, reviewing Greek and Latin roots, and the memoir, "Night," by Elie Wiesel. In the next session, we will continue to work on the student's challenging coursework due in coming days."
"We used this session as a review session. We are wrapping up unit 3 and all of the student's work thus far is coming to a culminating point. I have assigned a presentation in which she is to highlight the major events and people of America's beginning to the Revolutionary War. She will be utilizing her map for this as well as her timeline. Both have been ongoing projects in which I have assisted her along the way making recommendations on how to improve, etc. She also has her "important people" flash cards and journal of questions she has been answering. All of these things should aide in preparing for the presentation. She was assigned to study, and in our next meeting, she will be given a test that covers all of the material we have covered thus far (chapters 1-13). In English, she has the task of writing a rough draft of her 2-3 page paper on Life of Pi. We have been working on choosing quotes which can be thoroughly explained."
"Today we covered significant figures, mathematical operations with significant figures, and introduction to moles. The student seemed eager to grasp the concepts. We worked through problems pertaining to the skills taught today. I asked him to complete the midterm review packet he received from his teacher and then to email it to me. The session went smoothly, and I was very proud and encouraged by his ability to absorb new information when taught in a way different from his teacher."