Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over some new worksheets he had been given by his teacher. They focused on the inverse trigonometric derivatives and integrals, and limits. He quickly worked out how to apply the rules he already knows, like the chain rule and the method of substitution to solve the new inverse trig problems. The student needed explanation of the new parts of the inverse trig problems, but everything that the problems assume one knows from previous work he knew from working on it earlier with me. He showed knowledge retention and the ability to apply old information to new situations. I'm looking forward to next week where we will start to go over word problems."
"Today, we reviewed quadratics and complex numbers. The student could recall the quadratic formula in its entirety. He quickly learned the basics of complex numbers, including division. We also worked on graphing techniques, and he got that down pretty quickly."
"The student and I reviewed for his exam. He had selected problems and their answers ready to go over. He seems to get it quite well, not making dumb mistakes, and is confident. He said he needs to go over them more and he feels like he'll have it down. He's going in early tomorrow to meet with his instructor. He expressed a desire to meet more frequently to help him do better on daily/weekly quizzes."
"Reviewed homework and discussed related concepts. Spent the remaining time mainly on reading and grammar, which are his weaker areas. In reading, we focused on passage comparisons, specifically long passage comparisons and questions that relate to both passages at once, which he needs the most work with. We practiced scanning the two passages quickly and trying to formulate a basic thesis or main point as quickly as possible, with an emphasis on recognizing how two passages relate, connect, or disagree. I also tried to help him recognize how clues in the questions, such as repeated ideas in answer choices, can be clues to the main ideas of a passage."
"The student and I went over neuroanatomy, the cranial nerves and the peripheral nervous system. We came up with mnemonics and (hopefully) easier ways to remember some of the anatomy and functions. We delved into the anatomy and function of the sensory organs. I think we developed a sufficient knowledge of these topics as well."
"Based on my first session with the student, I noted he needed help with Sight Words. We played a game where he practiced his sight words and reading. I brought flash cards that have sight words on one side and a sentence using the sight word on the other. He practiced a total of 22 sight words. I also had him draw a picture describing one of the sentences from the card. That was to check for comprehension. We practiced his spelling words and read the two stories from Tuesday. The student was able to read the stories on his own this time. I noted he sometimes mixes up his d's and b's. Lastly, I showed his mom a website that shows all the phonograms, their sounds, and the correct writing formation for them. She bookmarked the site and I suggested the student work on the site a few minutes a day."
"This was my final session with the student before her assessment test on Saturday. She took a practice test before our session and went through the answers on her own. She told me at the start of the session that she was having the most trouble with the vocabulary fill-in-the-blank problems in the reading section, so we mostly focused on those. We improved her strategies when it comes to eliminating answers that she knows aren't correct, following her instincts about words to guess their meaning, and always trying to fill in the blanks with words of her own first so she knows what to look for in the answers. She kept adding words to her vocabulary list as we went through, and we both noted how there are several words that seem to pop up over and over again, so she focused on those. By the end of our session she was doing a lot better on these types of questions."
"Today we worked through another Latin translation passage for the student's upcoming exam on Wednesday. As I had asked, he prepared and looked up some vocabulary ahead of time. Overall he did pretty well at recognizing some grammatical constructions and he instantly recognized volatile noun clauses. We also worked on indirect statements and relative clauses/pronouns. We were able to get through the whole passage."
"The student and I diagrammed his book for class (character traits), and then worked on part of his happiness essay, then finished with starting an essay on ways parents can create a safe environment for children around the pool."
"Worked with the student on her homework covering the Electric Circuits unit. Applied Ohm's Law to mathematical problems, reviewed conceptual ideas involving direction of magnetic field around a magnet and the creation of magnets via electric fields."
"We covered geometry test corrections. We made sure to use drawings and even pencils to make concrete examples of the geometric ideas being expressed. It is crucial to test understanding of word problems by having concrete demonstrations of the concepts. We also started reviewing for a comprehensive science mid-term."
"The student is now working on graphing. We worked on graphing and some problems today. He grasps concepts quickly. He seems to be getting it but I am hoping he starts asking more questions soon."