Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on various different trigonometry problems for review to help her study for the test tomorrow. She is doing well, just needs to make sure she memorizes her identities before the test."
"The student is really improving in math. We worked on time and addititon. She also read a story very well. She found the character, setting, and problem of the story. She is working very hard. She is getting more confidence in her abilities."
"The student and I covered drawing Lewis structures and solubility in Chemistry. We also worked on exponential, inverse, and composite functions in Algebra II. Progress was good. The student seems to have a good understanding of the material."
"Did a quick diagnostic test and discussed goals/plans. Will be tutoring some admissions essay-writing along with the test prep. Student seems to have a good grasp of the material, though we will review a few concepts in math and work on building more vocabulary (always useful for an eighth grader). Test format is a bit new, so we'll do practice tests to make the HSPT more familiar."
"Topics covered included; properties of circles (central and inscribed angles, arcs, semicircles, major arcs, minor arcs, secants, chords and tangents). We did various problems finding the measures of arcs and angles, based on the rules and properties for circles."
"The student has been using new organization strategies as discussed, and he finds that he knows exactly what needs to be done for each class without struggling to remember. We discussed and reviewed a reading passage."
"Today I quizzed the student using a list of commonly misspelled words and had her rewrite the ones she missed - we will continue to do this every week to ensure that her essay scores reflect her great writing skills. I also had her write an essay, which turned out to be very well developed and organized. There were fewer spelling and grammar errors than previously. We did some science and English practice problems, and the student is showing improvement in both subjects. I asked her to look over her spelling words, do a math test, and write an essay before our next session. She is also going to look into signing up for 1 or 2 practice tests before her actual test date."
"Today was our first session. We discussed the areas in which the student feels his knowledge is lacking, and then he took a short grammar diagnostic test. He made most of the corrections intuitively, but he wants to learn why and how things are structured so that he can stop feeling like his writing is guesswork. We worked on compound sentences, misplaced modifiers, and verb tenses. We also looked over one of his papers from last semester and talked through what some useful revisions would have been, based on what we worked on from the diagnostic test. For next time, I'll come prepared with a lesson plan structured towards what he wants to work most on: the basics of grammar and syntax. He is bright and motivated, and he has a stronger grasp on writing than he gives himself credit for. We need to spend some time working on complex sentence structuring and overall essay organization in the weeks to come."
"I helped the student look over the surface area and volume of three-dimensional objects. The worksheet I helped him with continued the lessons we covered last week, such as spheres, cylinders, and composite shapes. After that, I helped him with a worksheet over terms such as radii, secants, chords, and tangents. He did very well this week, and needed very little guidance to solve these problems."
"We reviewed questions from chapter 10 on rotational motion. Most of the problems involved analyzing the net torques on a rotational system, or using the work-energy theorem for rotational motion. We also covered a few calculus problems on sequences and series."
"Today we covered gas laws, the ideal gas law, and various mixed topics. As the session went on, the student was able to explain what he had learned and he was able to understand more and felt confident about his final tomorrow."
"The student and I continued more work on his 1984 essay, tonight focusing on the writing formation of his ideas. I am going to encourage him to continue using this method, coupled with re-reading the sentences he's written and seeing how he can work on them. For the first time tonight, he wrote a complex sentence, properly using a transition word. I was very pleased that he was able to do this as we haven't covered transition words since his last essay."