Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has not yet received his new packet, but I have the workbook, so I made a copy of the first few pages, so we could get started. I had him read the first chapter and circle any new vocabulary. We reviewed these words, and the student worked on the comprehension questions on his own. I corrected them afterwards and encouraged him to start memorizing the new vocabulary. We spent the last minutes looking at the grammar together."
"The student and I reviewed the complete practice test (test 3) that she took last week. We went over the questions she missed section by section. We also determined that had that been the official test, her score would have been the following: Composite: 27, English: 26, Math: 27, Science: 28, Reading: 27 (but 31 with extra time to finish the test). This is an improvement from where she began. For next week (our last session before the test), she will complete all of test 4. We will review it and then review the strategies we have learned in preparation for the actual test."
"Reviewed affirmative and negative words in Spanish reviewed material for last week on pluperfect sub and conditional perfect tenses. Reviewed the Si clauses. Prepared for exam Friday. Will continue Sunday to review for final exam."
"The student finished the Book of Virtues and is now ready to move on to Brave New World, which I asked him to start over his upcoming trip. I gave him a reading comprehension to fill out as he progresses through the book. We moved on to cover some more complex grammar problems, including the difference between clauses and phrases and the different types of sentence structure."
"Went over coordinate geometry, angles (triangles, straight line, circle, polygons), and worked on several Rate-Time-Distance problems using a table/chart format. Have completed a lot of the mathematics that will be encountered on the HSPT--only a few more types to go over and then we will practice all types in test format"
"Topics covered include linear equations, slope and y-intercepts, matrices (multiplying, inverse, finding area of a triangle), finding zeros, group factoring, and correlations. Progress achieved was a review and clarification of the first seven algebra 2 chapters, and a completion of a formulas and methods to study for the final."
"Emma has been having trouble with grammar, so we looked through her old grammar notes and tests to figure out the big issues. These included dangling and misplaced modifiers and types of sentences. I gave her a detailed overview of these topics and asked her to come up with examples on her own as well."
"This was my first meeting with the student. We discussed strategies for approaching the GRE generally, and then dove into dome diagnostics on the math and verbal reasoning segments of the test. He believes his strongest section will be the math, and his performance on the diagnostics seems to indicate this is true. We covered the different types of questions on the quantitative reasoning portion of the test, the test structure and timing, and some basic introductory tips for approaching any question on the GRE. I look forward to continuing to work with him in prepping for his exam."
"We spent the first half of the session wrapping up all of the assignments that the student needs to have completed by the end of the trimester this week. Most of the task consisted of completing math assignments, and planning and organizing. After that, we briefly went over the requirements for her Social Studies midterm, and I supplied her with some study materials on the topic. Finally, I taught her the first few lessons in the Algebra chapter so that she will have a head start on the topics (equations with two variables and graphing) when she learns those in school."
"Since there were no new problem sets required at the moment for the class, we spent the session reviewing various topics, including algebra (simplifying complex fractions, factoring polynomials, working with radicals) and trigonometry (mostly graphs of trigonometric functions). The time spent in previous sessions reviewing algebra appears to have paid off, since the student had a much easier time solving exercises, and his knowledge of trigonometry is thoroughly adequate. Towards the end of the session I spent some time teaching him how to make use of some of the programming capabilities of his graphing calculator."
"The student only had science homework in preparation for her science exam next week, so we went over that packet of information. Additionally, we talked about how long her homework has been taking her and, re-organized her binder. I want to find out from her parents if she has to keep all of her old homework in her binder or, if she can keep them in a separate folder to leave at home, to make the binder weigh less and be more organized."
"Both students completed page 1 of their homework packets. This page covered place value (tens and ones) and mental math with subtraction facts. We worked on ways to remember the math facts and how to think about each problem and the relational value between numbers. Both girls did well with the page. Student 1 also started working on word problems using algebraic thinking."