Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on synonyms. He did great and took note of new vocabulary in his binder. Next, we did math practice. We focused on geometry review, including areas, perimeters, and pythagorean theorem. Since this was our last session I wanted to review writing strategies. We talked about the components of an essay including introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. I gave him five criteria used to grade essays: clarity and focus, organization, neatness, grammar and spelling. We talked about using the four-square method to organize your ideas before you begin to write. The student did a great job and I left him with a lot of material to review before taking the next test! Good luck!"
"Probability and Statistics (Probability, Permutations, Combinations). Cleared up difference between permutations and combinations, worked on computation and memorizing formulae for probability, permutations, and combinations, worked on probability using permutations and combinations."
"The student and I selected which paper prompt she will answer. It will require her to go to a museum and compare two works of art. We continued to read and discuss assignments from the syllabus."
"Worked with the student on some very specific standardized testing practice, which seemed to engage him well, and continued our work on question comprehension. I think the best course going forward is to spend half of our time on homework and half on test preparation, so that we can work through his current course work to keep him ahead of his work and work on his test-taking skills."
"This was our first session. The student and I worked on functions, their graphs, and transformations. She and I worked through the first 5 sections of chapter 3. She had a quiz coming up so we went through some of her old quizzes and talked about the concepts she was lacking in on the original quizzes. I feel like she is a very bright student. Her main issue this week was about stretching and compressing graphs."
"We covered her practice problems today for the midterm. I suggested she try to work the problems again on her own in a few days to see if she can do them. I'll also get more problems for her to work."
"This session, the student and I focused on the Quantitative Reasoning portion of the test. We worked on the problems she had left over from last time and went over the questions she got wrong or had difficulty with. It would be beneficial to focus on having her relearn working with percentages, exponents, and polynomials. I want her to be comfortable enough to play around with the numbers, according to certain mathematical concepts, without being tied down to specific formulas."
"Met with the student and we talked about some trigonometry. He hasn't had any lectures in class about it yet since he just took a test on logarithmic and exponential functions so we took it slow and I explained radians and the unit circle. We did a good amount of problems from the book."
"This was my first session of French conversation with the student. We discussed in English and how much French she has had before we started speaking exclusively in French. During our conversation, I asked her to describe her motives for practicing/improving her French, her experiences abroad in college and since then, and her family and especially some of her fondest memories growing up. We would occasionally stop to discuss a very specific topic or word choice that she had either forgotten or had never encountered before."
"I monitored the student while she read her English project's book. I also monitored her while she filled out the questions in her folder for her book. After that, we researched different topics for her Science Fair Project and different kind of projects. We chose one and worked out an outline for her project."
"We covered more about solving logarithmic equations and using properties of logarithms to solve equations. We also started financial equations and solving for compounding interests using interest formulas."
"After briefly going over the material the student didn't understand for her chemistry test, we went through SAT reading problems. I really tried to emphasize that her difficulties are not ones of ability, but of confidence. She needs to approach the problems thinking that she can solve them. She often gives up before she really makes an effort. I asked Ashley to complete the sections of practice tests 2 and 3 that she left unfinished, and also set her up with an online account to memorize SAT vocab. I asked her to do 20 minutes a day of memorization."