Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent this session continuing the process of editing boarding school admissions essays, and we also worked on English essays for school. The student is effective at determining what he wants to include in terms of content. The student was focused and diligent throughout the entirety of the meeting. I made sure to aid the student in developing an understanding of how to properly construct an academic essay. I left the student to complete his essays on his own."
"The student and I went over some of the vocabulary worksheets I had given him. He loves a challenge and enjoys taking tests, so working on problems like those seems like the best way for him to learn. I will assign work accordingly in the future! We spent most of the rest of the session talking about persuasive writing, something that will come up a lot in the future. I gave him a couple of options and activities, and he chose to respond to the prompt "Persuade someone that school/work should start one hour later." He decided to write a letter to Pete Carroll about why the Seahawks should begin practice one hour later. For the next session, he'll finish that letter and write a persuasive book review about one of the books he has read recently. He's raring to go on the SSAT/SAT tests, so it might be good for him to start with a section of the book he looked at. He seems to enjoy it, so it's never too late to start getting comfortable with it. I can bring some similar problems as well."
"We worked on letter formation today. We focused on capital letters and lower case letters and seeing how they fit differently on the lines. He is a very smart student, and knew a lot about counting, reading, and writing."
"We discussed magnetic induction: How emf is created by a change in the magnetic flux. Much of the time was spent focusing on applying the right hand rule to determine the direction for current flow or emf, but we also did a number of quantitative problems. I will be sending the student some materials on induction for her to have handy when she does the 'concept' and 'application' questions for her course."
"Today the students and I worked on using the present subjunctive to express information that they and others were in denial or doubtful of (Dudo que...No creo que...No es evidente que..) through writing and speaking. First, they completed sentences using the correct form of the verb (subjunctive vs. infinitive) depending on if the person was doubtful or sure about the information that they were presenting. Then they corrected the mistakes that I circled on a prior class assignment that they completed using the present subjunctive. Finally, we took turns creating doubtful or sure sentences based off of information that we read on a contemporary gossip website (speaking)."
"During this session I helped the student prepare for a quiz in chemistry that he will have tomorrow. This chapter had to do with various types of solutions, suspensions and colloids and how to tell the difference between them. We also discussed vapor pressure and what made it higher or lower for a specific solution. He felt more confident about the quiz at the end our session."