Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed practice test sections and corrected answers; focused solely on Reading Comprehension, how to easily eliminate answers that don't refer directly to the text and how to pick out verbs and adjectives that imply purpose and intention. She is definitely developing a better understanding of how to go about the critical reading portion of the SAT!"
"The student and I went over her latest test and her homework. I have asked her to make some flashcards with the geometry definitions so that hopefully she will be able to use them to recognize things better. "
"The student has finals coming up, so he requested to extend our session an hour and do two this week. Today we focused all our attention on algebra 2, doing about 55 problems over until he could do them without any aid. It was by far our best session yet. He asked specific questions to receive clarification and also told me when we didn't need to go over a problem that he was already familiar with. I believe he will do well on his exam and look forward to our Chemistry study session in a couple days."
"Precal: Sections 8.1, 8.2, polar coordinates. How to find polar coordinates from rectangular coordinates and vice versa. Refresh on radians, sine, cosine, & tangent. Graphing polar equations, including vertical, horizontal, cardioids, limacons, etc."
"He is very well-prepared in math but would benefit from more in-depth practice in reading, writing, and vocabulary. We will focus on these sections in our SAT studying, and I will also work with the student to develop general writing skills. The student and I also worked through a reading section and established basic strategies."
"We're going to spend the semester slowly going through his 1st semester syllabus so he'll be prepared to take it again next semester. Today we worked through all of chapters 1-3. We spent the most time on learning how to use the Big 4 equations and how to perform vector addition. I gave him some homework to do, which we'll review at the next session. We will probably need to spend more time on vector addition, but he has a strong background in math."
"The student and I started off by going over the (very few!) wrong answers from the Writing section practice she did over the weekend. We then spent a lot of time going over the essay prompt from Test 3. She struggled a bit to establish good examples, but we made good progress on writing a strong introduction. We spent the rest of our time working on the Writing section multiple choice, going over how best to use her flashcards, and doing a small bit of a math section. Over the winter break (before our next meeting on Tuesday, January 8) I've asked her to go through at least 100 flashcards, write out a complete essay for the prompt from Test 3, and do the reading passages from Test 3. "
"This was our first meeting. In order to grasp what the student is good at and where he needs work, we started work on his extensive review packet provided by his teacher. We got through about 4 units, and I assigned some homework. We will be meeting again on Thursday and probably one more time before his final next week. "
"The student and I spent most of our time together on algebra, going over techniques for his homework set. We especially focused on multiple-variable isolation, particularly formatting equations to look like "y = mx + b". He has a very close attention to detail."
"This session, I tutored both students. With the first student, we reviewed his math homework, which focused on fraction inequalities and mixed numbers. He did well. I had a particularly wonderful session with the second student -- I taught him how to divide for the first time, and by the end of the session he was dividing two digit numbers. He picked up the concepts incredibly fast, and it was great to see him excel."
"We went over the student's practice test. This test included a ton of topics we had reviewed before: Perfect Competition, Supply and Demand, and all sorts of economic theory principles. The test included true/false, multiple choice, and short answer."
"Today the student and I reviewed his homework and then worked on Reading and English. The strategy of predicting and then matching his answers seemed to work well for Stuart in his homework. During our session we completed the entire reading section from practice test 2. I graded the section and Stuart received a 29, 8 points higher than his latest ACT. Reading the inserted answer choices aloud also improved his performance in English."