Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started going over the other sections of the SAT - the verbal and writing. He did very well in the verbal section. There wasn't too much to go over to improve that section. For the writing, we went over the styles of questions and all of the grammar skills that the test goes over. We will not be meeting for a month, so I asked him to complete several sections in the writing section, write an essay, and complete at least one full practice exam to start gauging where he is with his scores."
"The student had very little homework since he is doing testing this week at school. We worked on his only homework, reading practice, and then did a little extra reading in a book of his choice as well."
"The student missed 4/10 on the homework. We addressed the fact that she rushed through the questions and did not fully comprehend them. Our focus on correcting the homework was underlining key words in the questions and reading them slowly and carefully. Secondly, we revisited the verbal section of the assessment test, where we focused on synonyms and vocabulary words. We introduced the use of the flip notebook and notecards; we started that process by creating new notecards with vocabulary words together. I introduced a lesson on prefixes; we discussed the most commonly used prefixes and practiced using them together. Finally, we revisited the quantitative comparison questions on the assessment test, and discussed how to approach those questions strategically. Homework: learn new vocab on flash cards, add new words to flip book, learn the list of prefixes (first 5) and complete the quantitative comparison worksheet."
"Today we worked on graph transformations, determining even and odd functions, +-*/ two functions, and function compositions. For the last two topics, we also had to go over domains. We will be meeting tomorrow in order to help prepare the student for an exam on Thursday."
"I met with the student via video conference from 12:48pm-3:15pm. We discussed her journal entries and I helped clarify passages of the text she was unsure about. We then discussed the play in the context of current events. I told her that she would be able to find a lot of representations of similar themes in the political cartoons for the presidential campaign. I sent her several files to give her an idea of things that would be potential pop cultural depictions of similar themes. We then discussed her state assessment essay and how she can revise it to include more "voice" as requested by her teacher. I told her that once she has gone through and put more of herself into the text, to type it and email it to me and we can then discuss it further."
"We reviewed the student's French vocabulary so far; For body parts, I introduced the stomach. I used the sponge letters and numbers to review the sounds of the alphabet in French as well as counting. We also played with the flash cards that have vocabulary words on them. There are 9 of them and he is gradually retaining all of these words. We also used the flashcards to play a matching game."
"For the first 45 minutes, Student 1 and I did more in-depth punctuation and preposition work to hone those skills for the test. For the second 45 minutes, Student 2 and I worked on more reading passages, practicing note-taking techniques. We also did an English passage and corrected some errors."
"I helped the student to get ready for his semester exam in Biology by going over all of his previous test. We spent a lot of time going over general chemistry which was the test he did the worst on. He seemed to be getting a grip on it. As usual the student and his family are very nice and willing to do whatever to help him to do well. "
"In Geometry, we reviewed Proportions of Triangles and Proving Triangles congruent. In Chemistry, we reviewed Calorimetry, including heat of fusion and heat of vaporization. Much progress was made in identifying the correct formulas needed to solve these problems."
"We performed a writing exercise for practice, particularly for introduction and conclusion. Each child worked on areas of editing that they need to focus on: the one on punctuation and sentence composition and the other on spelling. We work on operations with decimals and fractions, as well as, converting fractions to different notation types."
"The student and I looked over her upcoming assignments for three different classes and planned how she would complete those assignments. I offered her some tips on how to complete the assignment effectively. We talked about her creating outlines for her papers that she has in each class."
"The student and I began by finishing a few problems on conics. He struggled with these during our last session, but seemed to be understanding them better this time around. For the most part, he seems not to have difficulties applying formulas to get vertexes. We then moved on to sequences, series, and summations. He has a couple of formulas which I expanded upon, which seemed to help him. These problems were fairly straightforward, and he seemed to have no problem with them."