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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
The student and I worked through a math practice test and several science problems. He has good fundamental math skills, but has difficulty seeing through the logic of the question and developing a strategy for attacking it. When we focused on this aspect, he was able to marginally improve over the course of an hour. I have assigned him a number of questions with specific instructions to write out the plan of attack prior to carrying out the math -- hopefully, this will shift his perspective and allow him to see the questions for what they are: fairly simple.
We went over cylindrical shells, using them to calculate the volumes of objects that resulted from revolving regions about different lines or the form x=a or y=a. The student didn't struggle with the topic, he just need some assistance as to how to manipulate the formula when the axis or rotation was not the y-axis nor the x-axis. We completed the home work he was assigned as this section was expected to be on his exam tomorrow. No extra practice was left.
I met with both student 1 and student 2. With student 1, we worked on adding mixed numbers. With student 2, we looked at a quiz on trend lines that he had taken.
Today we went over how to use integration to find the area between two curves and how to set up an integral to solve for the volume of a solid. There were ample homework problems to practice both methods, so the student seemed to be getting the process down for both.
We spent more time with English today. It looked like she had several breakthroughs. We were able to work on a number of things that made her more confident in her test taking abilities. By the end of the session, she was scoring at a 22--her target score. We will continue to work on English and begin to take on reading.
The student reviewed the formal and informal commands combined with direct and indirect object pronouns. He did his homework, and I helped with explanations and different techniques to find the direct and indirect object pronouns. We also worked on the changes that happen when written one after the other one. He has been struggling understanding, but he seemed to get it just towards the end of the session. He has made good progress. We are waiting to find out his grade on the present perfect test. He is attentive and works well during his session.
We introduced reflexive verbs for the first time today. We went over a packet that I left with the student and did some review as well. I would like him to work on a lesson every other day and switch between the worksheets that I left him.
In the beginning of our session, she read a few more pages from her novel. During this exercise, we discussed what was happening in the story as well as went over any words that were unfamiliar. I also tried to engage in conversation throughout our sessions to help her practice speaking in English. The majority of the session was spent going over an SAT vocabulary list. Since she is a junior and is planning on going to college, I brought some SAT vocabulary worksheets for us to work on. This week's list was comprised of 25 words. We went over the meaning of each word as well as some synonym and antonym practice.
Today the student and I completed part 1 of a practice math and ELA test. He is excelling in math and getting better with reading comprehension. We are focusing on underlining text evidence and double checking our answers.
The student and I started off by playing Letter Memory, which seems to be his favorite game. He put about 80% of the letters in order on his own! We then practiced with his phonics board, and he's getting much faster at recognizing the differences in sounds and the order the sounds go in in words. We finished with some number practice, playing Go Fish, and using pipe cleaners to make the different numbers.
Today, we reviewed the problems that we went over yesterday for a second time as a warm-up before his test today. He remembered the core concepts but needed some reminders about the exact formulas to use and which algebraic steps to take first. He is getting better and better at intuitively understanding functions, derivatives, and concepts like the chain rule. We are going to keep meeting a few times a week to keep up on the new material that is covered in class.
Student finished his assessment. He did very well. We discussed some breathing and stretching exercises he could do at his seat during the next test to keep his focus up. Next week we will work on testing strategies, as well as going back over some of the problem types that gave him some trouble.