Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I discussed the chain rule for differentiation. We also went over the answers to an old quiz in preparation for her exam tomorrow. In addition to this, we spent a few minutes getting her started on her homework problems involving differentiation using the chain rule. At the end of our session, I felt that she understood where her mistakes were on her old quiz and had made a bit of progress towards understanding how to use the chain rule for differentiation."
"The student and I worked on her Math homework, and I went through explaining quartiles and box plots. We then reviewed Science for her quiz on Friday, and then she completed her project. We also reviewed her Math test and homework from last week. She is doing really well."
"Continued working with Vector operations and engineering notation. The student's teacher is now done with the Trigonometry portion of the course and is moving on the advanced Algebra topics. After Thanksgiving break I plan to start getting her prepared for her final by reviewing major topics in Trigonometry. She is smart and comprehends the material relatively quickly. She will need to practice a lot for the final to make sure she has mastered Trigonometry, no small feat for a 10th grader."
"The student and I had a great first session! We decided how to tackle the next eight weeks: 3 weeks of math (1 week general concepts and 2 weeks specific topics), 3 weeks of critical reading (1 week of vocab, 1 week of short passages, 1 week of long passages), 1 review week of math, and 1 review week of critical reading. He will be taking practice math or reading sections each week and full-length practice tests every three weeks."
"The student and I worked through his unit on inequalities. I taught him how to solve inequality equations algebraically, graph their solutions on a number line, and graph inequalities on a coordinate plane. We also continued working on improving his ability to solve algebraic equations."
"We went over a review packet in preparation for the test the student will take tomorrow. This included basic trigonometry, rectangular and polar coordinate conversions, adding vectors, law of cosines, law of sines and determining from two sides and an angle how many triangles could be drawn. The student had a firm grasp on everything but that last topic, so we focused on how to do it and worked through a few examples from the book. I left him with a couple more review problems on the same exercise."
"The student had already done two SAT practice test sections. One on verbal and we covered a lot of new vocab. With only a few incorrect responses to go over we had plenty of time to do another two practice science sections. We ended with looking up a bunch of the vocab we got from the earlier tests."
"Today I had the student practice more with the verb "to be" in Spanish and told her that I would give her a pop quiz in the future to make sure that she has more practice and does not forget how to use it. After that I tested her on the relatives vocabulary that we covered during the last session and told her that I would quiz her on more vocabulary during the next session. Lastly, we discussed the first paragraph of a short story she read for homework. We talked about the plot, the setting, vocabulary, and what might happen in the future. I then asked her to read the next paragraph for the next session."
"We worked on learning the differences between two verbs that mean the same but have different meanings. I also introduced new verbs and some conjugations. We also worked on reading comprehension and conversation"
"We changed the structure a little bit and we read an article in a Spanish newspaper about the Ebola contagion there. We went over the entire article, reading, translating and making sense of each sentence. The student understood most of it and she seems to be learning quite fast. We then listened to a Spanish song."
"We discussed her goals for tutoring. I did a few preliminary assessments to gauge her current proficiency in grammar, numbers 1-20, time, ABC, oral comprehension, and oral expression. She remembers a lot of basic vocabulary and can understand the gist of oral speech. We will work on building her vocabulary and practicing conjugation in the immediate future. I suggested she begin watching Spanish TV and listening to Spanish music to prep her ear for oral comprehension. The student is very enthusiastic about the sessions so I do not have any concerns."
"Today was my first session with the student. He said he had a vocab test the next day on -ar verbs in present tense, so I helped him make flashcards with the English definitions and present tense conjugations. There were about 30 verbs on the list he was studying. The student seems to be doing very well and as long as he spends extra time studying the verbs, he will do just fine!"