Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started work on his college application essays. He brought in a draft and then we talked about how we could make it more effective."
"The student and I continued focusing on the critical reading section of the test in anticipation for next week's SAT. Today was spent laying a particularly strong emphasis on the short and long reading passages, discussing strategies by which to retain information with the hope of reducing time spent from question to question."
"The student and I continued to prepare for his final English test. We completed practice exercises about types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory). He does quite well with this concept. He also worked to distinguish between simple sentences, compound sentences, run-on sentences, and sentence fragments. We did a few proofreading exercises focused on spelling, punctuation, and capitalization."
"We worked on graphing different equations using polar coordinates. I asked him to get me some examples of the other types of problems involving polar coordinates for the next session so that we can make sure to cover all of what he will be tested on."
"Review of problems in linear and quadratic equations. Worked through probability problems. Assigned remaining drills for these sections. The student purchased a prep book with multiple tests. We need to start working on "comprehensive" test strategies."
"To begin, we discussed the student's goals. Then, we began working on her problem solving in math. We worked several problems from a released state test. We used several different strategies to help solve the problem. After, she wrote her summary paragraphs for her reading assessment."
"The student and I went over one of her essays for DePaul's accelerated MBA program application. We modified the structure, grammar, and word choice. She also decided she'd add a paragraph about an additional idea. I told her I needed to see that paragraph before going over her draft conclusion paragraph. She decided it would be more productive for her to write the new paragraph on her own and that we'd go over it, and the conclusion, during tomorrow's session. She also decided she wanted to work on the other essay for her application by herself before I looked at it for editing purposes."
"The student got 100% on her vocabulary quiz this week. We began with math, and spent a while on an open-ended math section. I am trying to get her to recognize that more complicated problems break down into simpler problems that she knows how to solve, such as percents. We reviewed slope and discussed mean, median, and mode. We also worked through a writing section. She has a pretty good sense of what English should sound like."
"The student and I were doing a general review to help prepare her for the exam on Monday. We went over some questions she missed on her practice exam and then went through a couple of the essay questions. We more specifically looked at phylogenetic trees, how to interpret them and how to make one with given data. We also went over some basic genetic information."
"The student and I went over some of her algebra homework, which she had no trouble with. We also reviewed correct MLA format for citations and bibliographies. She picked really good sources for her persuasive paper, and she has an excellent foundation of work so far for her paper."
"The student began the session by reviewing her multiplication facts 0-9. She solved 100 problems with 100% accuracy in 2:14. Next, we worked on adding fractions, reducing fractions, and changing mixed number into whole numbers. The student completed lesson 4 in her take home Language book. The lesson consisted of finishing information using the yellow pages. Lastly, we worked on in increasing her fluency when solving division facts without remainders with divisors of 8-12. Her 1st trail she scored 37/40 in 1:16, 2nd 34/40 in 1:18, 3rd 40/40 in 1:09, and the 4th 40/40 in 1:13."
"The student did some argument problems in a prep book. We went through each one and laid out strategy for each type. We paid special attention to strengthen/weaken questions and inference questions, identifying the similarities and differences among the approaches to those and other types of problems."