Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I'm going to get materials this weekend to help the student with her phonics sounds and blends. This will really help her with her reading skills."
"I worked with the student on the SET activity to identify patterns in shapes. During the first visit I wasn't sure if it the activity focused on skills that interested the student. This time I scaffolded more to support him in identifying matches. He began to feel more motivated. We also read from a math book and he seemed particularly keen on discussing the illustrations. The next session will be on Tuesday at 4:30."
"To begin our session, we reviewed the strategies that good readers use. Then the student read the book I had left for him last time. He read the book fairly well, but lacked good fluency. We agreed that he would practice more before moving to the next book. Next, we worked on sight word flash cards. We then did phonics review, focusing on short vowels and then long vowels with silent e. We played a game where we made words together and he recorded the words we made on paper. I then introduced a new book to him. We began this book and will use it more during our next session."
"The student and I continued working on 3 digit addition and subtraction problems. He is having difficulty with elapsed time so we briefly brushed up on telling time. He was introduced to using Singapore Math to solve subtraction word problems. These problems were more challenging for him, but I assisted him on how to set up these type of problems."
"The student and I started off by completing the definitions for his latest vocabulary list. After that, I looked over the second draft of his five-paragraph essay, finding it fantastically improved over the first draft. A few issues remain, however, so I have asked him to revise once more for next week. We also began looking at some preparation materials for his upcoming mathematics test which we will continue studying for next week."
"The student and I continued to look over stoichiometry and covered the concept of limiting reagent. We did some sample calculations. I will prepare a mock test for her for this week, as we will be preparing for an exam."
"2nd session: continued with the ACT prep guide we reviewed last session, covered more math topics and then went over 30 of 60 math questions from a complete practice exam. Will need to continue math and broach science section tomorrow."
"The student has her second exam for this class tomorrow. Her professor gave her a list of items that would be on the test so we looked up each item in her book, and she wrote down a summary of the item as well as a corresponding graph or real life example. Some of the terms were difficult to understand via only the textbook so we looked them up on multiple economic websites and compared them to her book. We then looked over the key terms in the last chapter covered in class. Finally, we came up with a plan that she would gather her quizzes and look over them tomorrow. Also, we decided that she will organize a binder of her quizzes, handouts, and previous exams to assist us with studying for her final exam."
"The student and I discussed his latest reading in Lord of the Flies. We read through some of the week's chapters together and discussed major characters and themes. We talked about how each of these characters are symbols for positions in society, and how they are held together by the conch, a symbol of democracy. We talked particularly about the character of Simon, his religious tones, and the meaning of the Lord of the Flies. We talked about "the beastie" and how Ralph's declaration that "this is a good island" sets the story up as a critique of the destructive force of humanity. We talked about the different ways that the children have damaged the island thus far, and how Golding foreshadows the falling out between Jack and Ralph. We made some notes and key questions for the student to review while he reads the next three chapters this week (up to page 123)."
"The student and I went through her Social Studies lesson on the beginning of Buddhism. She read aloud and we discussed the main points of each section. She asked great, insightful questions about the philosophies of this religion. I then quizzed her on vocab words from the lesson and we went through some prep questions at the end of the chapter."
"Capacitors and basic circuits: - Series and parallel capacitor systems and their equivalent capacitance. - Parallel plate caps (eo*A/d for vacuum, k*eo*A/d for dielectric) - Main equations: C=Q/V, C1||C2 = C1+C2, C1--C2 => 1/C1 + 1/C2 = Ceq (or C1*C2/C1+C2) - Charge in series caps all have same charge (same current through branch) - Caps with same values in series have a resultant of half value (for 2 caps in series). - Designing a circuit with max voltage across a capacitor. Started to touch on resistor circuit (basic loop with one current)."
"We talked about what the student found challenging when she took the SAT in November. Based on this, we mainly focused on writing multiple choice and reading sections. We discussed specific grammatical principles (to be expanded on in future sessions) as well as overall test-taking strategies."