Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student understands the material and knows how to do most of the steps correctly. He has some trouble when the expressions appear in a slightly new manner, or when there are just so many numbers that sometimes it is overwhelming. Just remembering to take it slow to avoid small mistakes will also help. But for the most part, he is doing really well!"
"The student and I worked on his persuasive speech during this session. He had his two previous speeches available, so we were able to look at the teacher's previous notes when writing the new speech. We began by finishing the skeleton of the outline and then he wrote the introduction. He likes to write out his complete speech before writing key words on note cards, so we wrote out his speech as though it was going to be turned in as a written assignment. As we began writing about his third main point, time was running short, so I helped him create the conclusion and left him to finish the third point on his own. He felt very comfortable with this. The main challenge he faced when writing this speech was explaining his ideas clearly. He would often begin by talking about the topic and bouncing potential sentences off of me in order to compose sentences. He worked hard and did a very good job."
"* reviewed diagnostic report * addressed general testing strategies * addressed essay writing strategies * completed Section 2 of SAT copy F (verbal section) I went over the general test strategies with the student and her mother, as well as addressing other elements that the college considers in its admissions process. We worked through a full verbal section from SAT F, as well as the reading comprehension portions of a couple other sections. I left her with those practice sections and the list of common vocabulary words and roots. I suggested that she look through the vocab words for words she is unfamiliar with and make flashcards for further study. I also suggested that she use the roots list in conjunction with the vocab list to identify roots for context clues later. Next session, we will work through more verbal sections and a math section. In the future, I plan to time her on individual sections so that I can see how she performs under some pressure and address it further."
"The student and I reviewed strategies for the math portion of the ACT exam. He showed progress on algebra II problems (simplifying equations, factoring, etc.) and he also did well on proportions. An area we have targeted for improvement is complex word problems (typically involving algebra). "
"The student and I spent the entire session on geometry. We worked on the review sheets/packets her teacher had given her. Topics covered included: parallelograms, rhombi, rectangles, squares, trapezoids, quadrilaterals, 30-60-90 triangles, 45-45-90 triangles, Pythagorean theorem, SOH CAH TOA, the law of sines, and reflections/transformations. I assigned the student homework to do over these areas. We will be meeting tomorrow evening as well to go over more geometry concepts."
"-completed three example sections of ACT English test, Corrected them, and Discussed focus areas -Reviewed important points about mechanics, Grammar, and usage -Composed example Introduction paragraph of ACT writing test, and body paragraph, reviewing Strategies and approaches to the writing test"
"1. Practiced pronunciation contrasts (using phonemes and words)to diagnosis the student's ability (using a book I have). 2. Completed a reading comprehension activity worksheet I made recounting the activities of the day. 3. Read from The Big Note and answered comprehension questions through p. 33. 4. Assigned reading in Big Book and comprehension questions. The student is smart with an extensive vocabulary for a student his age. I spoke with his Mother about what she expected and how much work she wanted assigned. She was pleased with the way he and I worked together. He stayed rather engaged the entire time."
"Tonight we worked on the newest material for the student's physical science class which was a chapter on sound. We read through the chapter together while making an outline on topics such as interference, resonance, and diffraction. After finishing the chapter, we also worked on some of her algebra homework problems with which she was having trouble. Our next session is scheduled for Monday."
"The student and I went over a chapter covering topics related to the nervous system. Primarily, she explained to me the topics she was initially having trouble grasping to ensure she understood the ideas properly. We also briefly discussed upcoming material and her exam in May."
"The student and I continued to review for his upcoming midterm. It's mostly about seeing the math worked out again. The trickiest part for him is translating word problems, but I think realizing that everything is based on circles and triangles is helping. We shall meet tomorrow as well."
"The student worked mostly on Algebra 2. He was working on simplifying functions. He had to work on inequalities and absolute values. There were a number of things we had to make sure he remembered to do like distributing negatives and switching signs for absolute value. We also worked on chemistry. He was working on unit cancellation with various units. He did a good job since we'd covered unit cancellation in the summer."
"We started by going over one of the student's online SAT tests that he took this week. His scores improved in both Critical Reading and Writing. In the Math portion he usually gets a perfect score or close to it. Overall, the question is finding the strategies that work best for him. Went over the essay. Had him read a difficult essay. Went over any wrong answers on the SAT and reviewed his explanation of why he got it wrong. His homework is to make a list of general and specific tips from some of his two dozen SAT prep books that he thinks will help him."