Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I practiced Spanish today. I had her conjugate the verbs ser = to be, and tener = to have. Then we made flash-cards that had a noun on one side and a verb on the other. The student had to match the correct verb tense and use it in a sentence. Next, we practiced conversing using the questions from the beginning of the chapter for review. Finally, we practiced the alphabet using a variety of songs we found on the Internet. The student's pronunciation is phenomenal; we are focusing on conjugation and spelling."
"We studied for an upcoming bio test by reviewing the stages of cell division and discussing the importance of mitosis. We worked on flash cards for important terms, especially since many of the vocabulary words sound very similar. We also talked about drawing out each stage and writing the major occurrences under each picture."
"The student and I had a study guide packet from her teacher to work on for the finals coming up. The good news was that the study time with me was more of a pre-emptive measure just to make sure she knew the material. We made steady progress through the packet, stopping when she didn't know what to do next and figuring it out."
"Worked again on parts of speech, contractions, general usage questions, parsing sentences, and editing the student's website for clarity and grammatical integrity. I'm very impressed with his ability to pickup new topics quickly and assimilate them into his daily life. He's improving very well."
"Today we focused on math and science because those are the areas that he showed the least improvement after completing a mock exam over the weekend. His greatest improvements were in English and reading, so we attempted to implement our strategies in those sections to the math and science sections. The student is continuing to show improvements. We will work on fixing this on Thursday."
"The student did two timed vocab sections, and we discussed the questions missed and strategies for getting them right in the future - including vocab strategies of prefix/root words, and argument strategies of identifying the assumption and attempting to break it. Finally, we worked through the outlines of answers for two analytical writing sections and with emphasis on the ways to organize the answers."
"We went over Ch 14 test review and Ch 15 pre-lecture on acids and bases. Ch 14 concepts applied correctly. Make sure rate law equations separate from concentration (t1/2) equations. Changes based on forward/backward reaction as well as coefficients."
"We covered the use of conservation of mechanical energy and use of force and torque equations to solve for forces. Mechanical advantages were also covered, particularly for levers and pulley systems. In algebra, we talked about further computations of sin/cos/tan but with radian measures instead of degrees. The student did much better with using sin/cos/tan computations."
"We did two worksheets, both of which he can do by himself. He works hard and he practices a lot, so it should give dividends."
"The student and I went over chapter 5 in her book which is about pronouns. We discussed the difference when you replace a direct or indirect object and how to figure out which one it is. We worked through practice questions on these and she did really well with it. The student is nervous about conjugating verbs but we practiced with a few of the regular verbs and she is more able to do it than she thinks."
"Today, the student and I worked on a few different subjects. First we completed his math homework. Today's topic was finding percentages of a whole. The student had a hard time finding the "whole" at first, but was able to recognize it by the end. Afterwards, we worked on a picture vocabulary worksheet. Lastly, we did some vocabulary crossword puzzles for his Science class. The session went well."
"During this past session, the student and I did review for his upcoming earth science assessment test. We started off by going over a recent practice test and went through each question sequentially so that he understood the content behind each question and answer. Afterwards, we did some content review based on the questions he got wrong."