Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went through her math diagnostic test together. She definitely needs a review of her basics, but seems to catch on with some practice and does better with a set strategy."
"We focused solely on difficult math problems and reading vocabulary/passages. He needed to brush up on some math concepts, such as special right triangles and geometry, but he quickly picked them back up. He should continue to do as many math problems as he can from the book as well as to go through the PDF that I sent him. With reading, he is doing better on the vocabulary, but he should certainly try to do as much memorization as he can leading up to Saturday. He did well on the passages, finding direct support, and he should grind this all the way through the next few days. We will review concepts and material on Thursday to wrap things up nicely."
"We reviewed dual passage strategies and practice. He did well considering it was his first try. He got all of the answers correct on the next short dual passage that we worked on. We reviewed error identification, and I wrote out grammar rules for the ones he got wrong, which were few. We began working on outlining the essay. We'll resume on Thursday."
"At the student's request, I reviewed the grammar multiple choice section approach this session. Because there are many rules to manage and keep track of, I compiled a flowchart of the list errors to look for first with the first few errors that are easy to spot and the last few errors ranked from the most common to the least common errors. With this flowchart in hand, he and I worked together on all three sections (identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, improving paragraphs). In the process, I refreshed his memory of the possible errors associated with noun/verb agreement, verbs, pronouns, and idioms. He seemed much better at identifying the subject of the sentence as well as correctly indicating the plurality of a verb or noun than before. I gave him another practice writing section to complete for homework as well as its corresponding answer key to check his work."
"For today's session, he expressed interest in reviewing redox reactions and galvanic cells. I explained the basics of both reduction and oxidation as well as the helpful mnemonic device: OIL RIG. To test his understanding, I consistently provided reactions and had him identify the reduced/oxidized species and how many electrons would be transferred. In addition, we discussed the differences between and galvanic and electrolytic cell as well as how to solve problems involving the "plating" of a precipitate on an electrode. I wrote down some key redox concepts on a separate sheet of paper that he will be able to refer to while he studies over the next few months. We concluded the session by looking at several multiple choice and open-ended questions from his review book. Overall, he seemed to have a thorough understanding of redox reactions, but he should continue to look back at this topic every so often to refresh his memory."
"We went over the half SAT test that he had worked on this past week. He has started to work on his vocabulary but must continue to do so in order to increase his scores on the writing and critical reading sections. We also went over a practice essay, in which he showed a good understanding of overall structure but must continue to work on his grammar and style."
"For this lesson, we went over the practice math and science sections she had completed. She has definitely improved from previous practice tests. Her composite score now would be just about 30, which is in the range of what she wants. On the science, most of her mistakes were minor ones that can be corrected by reading more carefully. For the math, several of the problems she got wrong were around one concept, so now that she understands that concept she should have no issues on it going forward. We will keep practicing with the rest."
"I spent the first part of the session getting to know the student and asking questions about how he feels about his classes. The first thing we covered is the reading section of his test. We discussed strategies that would help him better understand the text, for example, thinking about context clues and exploring the page from the text to the questions and multiple choices. In the Math section, I noticed that he works really fast. It's a good thing because it means that he understands certain sections well, but it also leads him to making simple mistakes. We discussed him checking his work at the end of his test. He confessed to finishing as quickly as possible and turning in his test. He understands that he should make the time to check his work."
"The student has really improved over the course of our sessions, and I have complete faith she will do very well this weekend on the big exam! We went over some last minute concepts regarding writing strategies. I have been very proud of her progress, and I really hope she is as well."
"The student has been preparing a great deal on these sections and her preparation really shows. We went over the writing and reading sections so that she can target her review for these sessions. Best of luck on the test!"
"The student had taken a practice portion of the science section in the prep book. We went over strategies to tackle the opposing viewpoints passages, breaking them down piece by piece. She seemed to take to this method very well. We also went over a few experiment questions, and we worked on how to compare multiple experiments. We then went over the English section, as she stated that punctuation was something she would like to work on. We really reviewed the rules of punctuation and commas, and I think it will help a lot. Next session, we will work on math, particularly word problems and trigonometry."
"Since our last session the student had completed another essay outline, so we discussed its strengths and weaknesses. On the whole, he had a strong, original thesis and supportive examples, but he needed to work on tying together his examples with his main argument within his supporting paragraphs. We spend the rest of the session working through a couple math sections. Student and I discussed some strategies he could use in order to maximize his score within each section, and he tried to implement them as we went through the sections. He seemed a little anxious about the test this weekend but overall seemed fairly confident about his abilities."