Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We had our first session. I feel like we accomplished a lot. Mainly we focused on how to read the diagrams in the science section of the ACT. We worked on the strategy of answering the questions without reading the text only reading the diagrams. It definitely directed focus. We also worked on a bit of math. I assigned a math and science practice exam from her study book. "
"School support meeting with the student. We worked on vocabulary to prepare for his upcoming quiz on Friday. This particular word set had a lot of roots and prefixes in common, mainly viv- meaning to live (vivacious, vivacity, vivid), and words based on 'gratis,' the Latin word for free or something given (gratuitous, gratify, gratuity). We began by talking about these common roots and how their Latin origin relates to the modern day definitions of these words. I then quizzed him on the definitions of each word until he was getting them right consistently, then took a moment to create a fill-in-the-blank quiz with questions for each word. He partially completed it and only switched two very similar words, which we reviewed. He should do well this time around again."
"The student and I went over his most recent essay that he had completed since our last session. He does an excellent job of making a firm argument, so we mostly went over grammar and spelling difficulties in his writing. We were also able to do small sub-tests from the English, math, reading, and science subsections. He continues to excel in English and Reading especially, but he is doing much better in math. In each subsection we went over any incorrect answers and things he was confused about."
"Most of today was spent with phases. We covered definitions, properties, vapor pressure, calculating energy required for different phase changes, how behavior changes with varying temperature and pressure, and how dissolved solutes affect these properties. Finally, we finished with an introduction to solubility rules, rate law, and what factors affect reaction rates."
"Today we continued to organize his folders, prioritize what he needs to study for finals, and we started going over some Spanish knowledge he needs to know for his final. He'll be getting more details from his teachers next week."