Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student worked on a fifth grade vocabulary worksheet, creating sentences and discussing synonyms for the given words. We reviewed his homework assignment to describe the Sea Queen ship described in the book he was reading. We finished by playing some online antonym and word-finding activities."
"The student was under the weather today so we took it easy during the session. I read 4 books to her and she had to summarize each -- to see about her ability to recall details and coherence. She did quite well with everything despite not feeling that great. We then had her work on writing/reading activities in the kindergarten skill building book."
"Student is doing very well. Huge improvement in his text analysis skills and his ability to express ideas clearly. Today we worked on: - Participles and dangling participles/participle phrases: what they mean, how to identify them, and how to improve sentences (bring participle phrase closer to the noun it is modifying). - The Life of Pi: preparing for an essay/short response. Made an outline for his paper for next week."
"The student had an algebra test coming up over factors and distribution, which she was having absolutely no trouble with whatsoever. I mostly was there to check up on any small arithmetic errors, and even those were minimal."
"Today we covered how to use information about the derivative to solve word problems. Specifically, we used derivative values to plug into functions in order to predict additional values. The problems are structured similarly, so understanding them is a matter of getting used to how they are formatted and how to set up the problem. The problems were easiest when we first identified the units for each variable and for the derivative. She understood how to figure out if the derivative values should be positive or negative, and got better throughout the session understanding how to use the derivative value in other equations. Additionally, her next lesson involves graphing derivatives, which she clearly understands well. Overall, she seems to be doing well and staying on top of all of her assignments and quizzes."
"We continued our discussion of graphing inequalities and shading the correct areas on a coordinate plane. The student has a quiz tomorrow over graphing inequalities, but this is the second session covering the material, so he will be prepared. He continues to work hard in his algebra class and has remained positive during our meetings."
"We reviewed many strategies for the verbal reasoning section of the upcoming test today. After a quick review, she completed some sample questions. Next, we moved to the reading comprehension section. We discussed the importance of keeping the main idea in the back of our mind as we read. She was able to identify the two types of questions in this section, which were literal and inferential. We also talked about when it is appropriate to infer or conclude an idea based on what we read. We finished our session working on some math content."
"The student told me that he got an A on his last math test. Then we started working on nth roots. I went over the power rules, then explained in detail how to translate from radical to fractional power and back, and then how to simplify. We worked through homework problems until he became confident with the process."
"The student is doing really well blending sounds together to make words -- especially with his phonics board. He's getting stronger with numbers as well."
"During this session we reviewed some of the word problems involving substitution and elimination problems that we had worked on in our previous session. He has definitely improved; he was able to correctly set up equations for the problems that were similar to the ones we did last time. I am happy with how he is progressing. We also went over several sentence completion problems. He is doing significantly better than he was a few months ago. I am especially satisfied with his progress on this front because we have focused more on math lately."
"During this time we focused on sound wave and waves on wires and strings. We looked at how frequency, period, wave number, angular frequency, velocity, and wavelength are related. We also discussed how to understand the wave equation and how to tell if the wave is traveling in the +x direction or -x direction as well as compare equations to see which equation has the larger amplitude, velocity, frequency, or wavelength. We also covered sound waves and intensity. This included how to find the change in intensity level when the intensity changes by an integer factor. Within sound, we also discussed the Doppler effect. We looked at the different scenarios of moving observer and moving source when one is moving either towards or away from the other. We ended by discussing constructive and destructive interference and what needs to be the condition for those to occur."
"I met with the student and reviewed vowel teams and practiced fluency and syllable rules. He had no trouble remembering single consonant syllable rules and reading words with vowel teams in context fluently. Using reading cover up tools and finding difficult words first, he read fluently the remainder of his novel. We will continue to practice with single syllable word with vowel teams."