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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
The student got her ACT scores back for February. They were up to a 25 from a 23. We're hoping to see one more two point bump for March. We worked mainly on timed drill today (we're largely in the review phase right now). She continues to perform well. Struggles a bit more with Science than anything else, but those scores are still increasing. I am optimistic.
We went over the student's homework, specifically vocabulary. We discussed different sounds (ow, ou, th), and words that sound similar (ie. Big/beg, lift/left...) We constructed a sentence using jumbled up words, practiced writing "p" and talked about the use of capital letters. We also read sentences with sight words and reviewed his flashcards. He did a great job today and likes being challenged. He needs to review 7 of his main sight words in the future, that were left aside from other flashcards.
The student and I continued with his review packet for Chapter 9. We covered covalent and ionic bonding, Lewis and resonance structures, and molecular geometry. I quizzed him on these topics to make sure he had retained the information. By the end of our session, he was able to answer these questions on his own. I left him with practice problems from the book to ensure he is ready for his test.
Lesson 101: Zero Determinants, 3 X 3 Determinants, Determinant Solutions of 3 X 3 systems, Independent Equations. Student had some trouble finding the value of determinant using 2 different solution methods. Lesson 105: Cofactors, Expansion by Cofactors. Student's only issue was in comparing and contrasting 2 different methods to solve 3 X 3 determinants. Student scored 90% in her last unit test compared to 78% when we started at first. Student is very happy and excited as her grades are moving up really fast.
Student 1 and I went over spelling homework. Student 2 and I did a division visualization activity with coins and grouping, introduced remainders and fractions, discussed relationship between addition and multiplication, and practiced multiplying larger numbers by breaking them down into reasonable chunks. The student struggles most with remainders and relies heavily on memorization or writing out multiplication rather than reasoning it through. I assigned multiplication table practice (working more specifically with 3's, 6's, 8's, and 12's). I also assigned a Journal essay and reading chapter 1 of a book.
The student and I had another good session today. We did a lot of writing practice today, including an essay brainstorm and outline. She is going to send me her completed essay and short paragraphs for revision this week.
Today we worked on her math packet. We finished all but two pages. We discussed ratios, did examples, and worked on her homework problems that involved finding ratios from tables and information provided. I showed her the three forms of ratios, how to find them, and how they are similar and can be used as fractions. Today's session went well overall. She finished most of the packet and was very focused the entire session.
We worked on editing a writing assignment I had given her, and spent some time expanding her vocabulary and working on spelling skills.
The student and I went over the first part of the review problems he sent me over the weekend. We will be preparing for his test in two weeks. I will be sending him a guide and step-by-step process for some problems during spring break (next week). We will touch base the week after, before his test, to finish the review problems and answer any additional questions so he is ready. We covered mostly angular momentum and velocity and their applications in pulleys, rotational motion and vector forms.
We reviewed a homework problem set and practice exam problems, focusing on Faraday's Law and the interaction of electric currents with magnetic fields. We discussed problem solving strategies, particularly ways to determine the directions of vectors for problems involving cross products.
We reviewed oxidation and reduction reactions, acid/base reactions, and examined the Periodic Table for clues to why alkali metals make strong bases and nonmetals halogens make strong acids. Then we considered weak acids and bases and discussed the common ion effect and how common ions from weak acids and bases can buffer acid/base pH. We then set up tables to solve for pH as strong acids and bases are added to buffered solutions and then discussed titrations.
The student and I followed a similar formula to our last meeting; we spent the first hour going over writing/practice essays and the second hour going over practice vocab/verbal comprehension questions. His essays were significantly stronger this week. His "analyze an argument" essay was extremely well written and compelling. He clearly improved on his timing and idea construction from last week. I also saw improvements in the sentence completion and vocabulary tasks which can be attributed to his use of strategy and general exposure to more vocab as he completes more and more practice tests.