Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Pre-Calculus The student and I worked on arithmetic sequences and geometric sequences (the definition as well as working some practice problems). She had very little difficulty with these problems. Also, she had to determine whether a given series was convergent or divergent. At first, she had no idea what these terms meant, but once I explained it to her, she seemed to understand it just fine. It appears the next thing she'll be learning in her class are "the summation of series"."
"The student and I completed the outline for his story on a hot air balloon adventure. We discussed the importance of characters, their names and settings. I also explained the need for rising action in the middle action, as well as conflict-resolution. He wrote his first paragraph and I edited it to show how you can convey character, location and more without directly explaining them to the reader."
"During this session we went over a lab that had been returned to the student. We also worked on balancing equations, and she seemed to grasp that concept well. We also discussed types of reactions. She didn't completely understand the states that accompanied reaction equations, so I explained why certain compounds occur in certain states."
"Today we completed revision of the case study paper, including creation of a conclusion as well as verifying the finished paper met the criteria for the assignment. In addition we created an outline for the next paper and did preliminary research."
"We spent most of today on the writing section. We read examples of essays that score 6's, 5's, and 4's, and brainstormed a list of topics she could write about. I gave her two short writing assignments, as well as a math section for next week."
"The student and I spent the hour setting up a game plan for attacking his online course this summer. Using an optional worksheet provided in the course materials, we determined the pace at which he needs to complete each lesson in order to finish on time. Based on that pace, as well as on the fact that the first two lessons were entirely review, I have asked him to complete those two lessons before our next session."
"The student and I started with geometry and finished with algebra. We went over perimeters and areas for different figures, along with how to manipulate those formulas. He got that after about 30 minutes, so we moved onto his algebra class and worked on solving equations. He is pretty good at that since we had done it before."
"She took the diagnostic ACT and scored extremely well on Reading and Math, and well on English and Science. Since she has been taking a class to prepare for the SAT she has done more practice in Reading and Math. Math is also her strong subject. We discussed the strategies for the different types of Science passages, and practiced a few together in addition to reviewing the questions that she answered incorrectly on the diagnostic. We did the same thing in the English section. We also discussed the essay for the ACT and how it differs from the SAT essay. She will write an essay for our next session."
"Today, we reviewed vocab and did some writing exercises. We did a creative writing exercise to incorporate vocabulary, and responded to an expository exam prompt. The student's writing skills are around what I would expect for the age group, maybe a bit better. He can obviously put his thoughts together, especially on an argumentative piece like the expository writing, and uses good vocabulary. We also discussed how we want to proceed with future sessions."
"The student and I strategized about vocabulary, her most pressing priority. She knows most of the vocab drill from her French classes."
"Our first session went great. I familiarized myself with her writing level, which was already very high. We went over the general structure of a generic SAT essay, and also discussed effective strategies in persuading a reader to follow your argument. I will be having her write an essay from a standard SAT prompt this Thursday, so that I can get a good idea of how she writes under "SAT conditions.""
"The student and I went over the essay he had written. His writing is getting better and his vocabulary and ideas are very good. We spent almost an hour going over essay prompts from the tests and preparing supporting examples that would fit SAT themes. We worked on geometry terms and worked problems."