Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished algebra, specifically working on functions, symbol problems, probability, combinations/permutations, and then did some practice problems. We also went over factoring and simplifying polynomial equations. We then began with geometry, going over how to approach problems in general, common pitfalls, and problem solving strategies. We went over how to infer more information based off of what is given by use of laws/theorems. We then went over rules of lines, angles, triangles, squares, circles and polynomials in general. This was a good lesson, moving forward I would like the student to work on his approach to navigating through unfamiliar problems, something that was heavily stressed in this lesson."
"The student and I continued working on practice sections from the SAT prep book during this session. Primarily, we focused on the math sections. She completed three timed portions within our session and we reviewed the answers to each of the problems that she missed. She is doing very well in the multiple choice questions. The fill in the blank questions are more difficult and she needs to continue practicing them. Afterward we went through each problem and focused on how to solve them with the information given. She's showing progress so we will continue to work on these sections in the next session on Monday. Furthermore, we will put more emphasis on the fill in the blank questions."
"I met with the student and went over the essay. It was not completed but was thus far very successful and well-written. I had little to change about what he had written so far but encouraged him to continue and provided a few ideas to make sure he completed the essay successfully. We did the same vocabulary section and I was very impressed with his comprehension of the difficult words. Then, we worked on a math multiple choice section."
"We focused on vocabulary during this session (and probably will for the next few sessions). We spent most of the session going over definitions of vocab words that I had the student write out in her notebook, along with a sentence that she made up using each word. I suggested that she turn these into notecards at home between now and our next session, and we will continue with definitions and sentences next week. The more she becomes familiar with these words, through writing out the definitions and putting them into sentences, the more understanding she will be when she sees them on the exam."
"The student and I met for the first time today and had a great first session! We spent some time getting to know each other, and I asked her a bunch of questions about where she believed she stood in terms of her classes, and what her goals were. We did a diagnostic reading and math test. I have asked her to complete another reading section for our session tomorrow. I'm looking forward to getting to know her better over the coming weeks!"
"Today we went through a couple geometry problems in the student's Math Level 1 book then moved on to the second half of a practice test. We specifically covered geometry problems but addressed algebra and trigonometry, as well. She had a positive attitude towards the material. I left the student with the last two problems of the 50 problem practice test."
"We started off with a review of last session (turning mixed numbers into improper fractions and vice versa and multiplying, adding, and dividing fractions). I taught her how to switch between fractions, percents, and decimals using a calculator. Instead of learning more material we took extensive notes, with examples. She seems to have a much better understanding of the concepts after taking the notes. We finished the lesson with multiplication flashcards. In future lessons, she will start doing multiplication standards."
"The student's last test went better, so that is a good sign. Now we're just going to focus on math leading up to the big test. And I will see her again on Saturday."
"This was our last session together. We started by reviewing some math topics (systems of equations, probability, and clock problems) and then moved on to reading comprehension. I chose two very difficult passages and we went through them together. The student seemed confident and prepared to take the test. I will send him some extra practice questions to review on his own."
"The student had diligently gone through the problems we discussed last time, so she did well today. We finished up coordinate geometry and looked at some basic integer rules, exponents, and prime factorization. I asked her to do as much practice as possible before next time, so we can move on with a solid foundation."
"I reviewed two essays the student wrote and assigned two more for this weekend. The student worked hard, did a great job, and I feel as though this was a productive session."
"The student had completed a full assessment practice test. We began by going over the essay portion. He excels with word choice and sentence fluency, and we are going to work on elaborating on his ideas and organizing his points. For homework, I gave him a guided assessment practice from a website."