Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a great session today. She was very motivated and positive. I gave her some more vocabulary words and went over all of the ones that she has. She now knows over 160 new vocab words! She completed several timed practice sessions. She got 24/28 synonyms correct in five minutes (out of ten). She also got 17/20 sentence completions correct in nine minutes (out of ten). She also completed a practive quantitative reasoning section and got 34/27 problems correct in just 17 minutes (out of 35). I was very proud of her, both for her accuracy and the speed at which she was able to continue working. I think that the more practice and success she experiences, the more confident she becomes. "
"Today we worked a little on essay writing. I'm trying to work with the student on making complete points and using complete sentences to get a point across. We did some work on reading comprehension next, which she did well on. She needs to be careful about getting thrown off by language used in questions and answer choices. She must finish the practice test for next session!"
"The student was preparing test for following day, so we reviewed chapters six and seven of his textbook, did sample problems, discussed the reasons for periodic table trends, wrote down a preliminary list of vocabulary words, and completed the review he was given in class. In establishing his studying strategy for the remaining test prep, we decided to extend the vocabulary list already existing, and to review basic concepts once more."
"The student and I reviewed his homework: English practice test 65/75 = 27; Math practice #1-22 only, 1 error. He needs to work on his pacing (too fast on English, too slow on Science). We practiced one reading passage 9/10, 9:00 (:15 over time, but during practice seems okay for pacing). We also reviewed the expectations for the essay. He seems to have an understanding of how to effectively organize the response, but didn't know he should include a counterargument. I assigned him an essay for homework and the science practice test from a website. Our next session is scheduled for Friday of this week."
"Today we set goals of what we want to accomplish and we did a review of basic math so I could get a feel for the skills that the student has. She has excellent math skills so preparing for the SAT will be more focused on tips for answering the questions quickly. The student also wants to focus her studies on geometry, so we'll start with that next week."
"I worked with the student using the strategy of reading the questions first, marking the important parts of the questions, and then rereading so she can underline text that relates to the question. After reading, then she can reread the question and the possible answers. I showed her how to underline portions about the answers to help choose the correct one."
"We reviewed integration by substitution, the fundamental theorem of calculus, how to convert between limit form and integral form using the definition of a definite integral, and the front page of the packet. We discussed more of the theory behind integrals and the student is getting much better at integration."
"Using trigonometric ratios and inverse trig ratios to solve for side measurements and angle measures. The student was able to solve triangles with few hiccups along the way and is usually able to catch his mistakes before he commits to a final answer."
"The student and I finished collecting sources and quotes for her research paper note cards. Once we finished that, we worked on her outline for her possible exam questions, using class notes and the book to increase the amount of material that she would include on test day and discussing larger themes that connected the various topics to make the essay-writing process easier."
"The student did not have any homework today, so I gave her a few review problems, then tested her on everything we had worked on up to this point. We worked on fractions, decimals, working with integers, order of operation problems, simplifying problems with variables, defining terms, and ordering integers and real numbers from least to greatest. "
"The student and I reviewed chemistry for his upcoming final exam. We went through his review packet and discussed each of the questions. He now seems to understand many of the topics that gave him trouble on previous tests."
"We discussed the structure of the SAT and general test strategies. We then focused mostly on the reading section and went over how to approach sentence completions and long reading passages. We did a reading passage together and the student got all the questions correct. Finally, we went over a few types of math questions and how to do them efficiently and accurately."