Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a geometry worksheet to complete over quadrilaterals and areas. I was very glad to see he had questions about the process involved with finding a missing side when given the area. He has ongoing projects in English (he needed to find more sources and finish highlighting them for his essay) and Public Speech (finish filling out outline sheet) which he needed to do using the internet. We moved on to biology, for which he had to make vocabulary cards, but he still wasn't sure which vocabulary he needed to do; there was no available lap and he didn't bring his book, so we just made cards for the phyla of the animal kingdom that were listed in his class notes. We finished with DRP. "
"During this session, we continued review for the student's final. Tonight, we finished the first two review packets which included the topics on Similarity, Vectors, Trigonometry, and Volumetric Solids and launched into Algebra review, which seems as though it may be included on the exam as well. This took up most of our session, as she probably hasn't been working with Algebra problems directly in some time. Our biggest challenges were factoring quadratic polynomials to solve for x and manipulating expressions with constants instead of numbers. She will have to practice her Algebra more if she is to become more fluid with these problems."
"During our session, the student and I worked on some new skills. We started with the usual worksheet with beginning sounds, this time working on "v" words. Then we did a sheet about identifying ending sounds -- usually, there is just one or two letters around which the worksheet is focused, but today each word ended with a different letter. This was a challenge for the student, but she did a really good job. We then practiced writing the numbers and word forms of 2 and 5 -- she's getting better, although 2 is definitely the number with which she has the hardest time writing. Then we started working on some calendar skills. She knows the days of the week fairly well, and we started learning the names of months (just by rote). We also talked about dates and she counted all the days of the month. She has a hard time recognizing numbers above about 15 by sight, but she's definitely making improvements! We will continue working on calendar skills next session."
"Topics covered: Colligative Properties of liquids, freezing point depression and boiling point elevation, vapor pressure, and equilibrium constant. We've finished filling in skipped portions of topics started by the student's teacher. Next week, we'll start on Oxidation-Reduction reactions, the second to last major topic on the upcoming exam."
"To begin, we discussed his finals schedule for this week. We began working on his vocabulary for his Reading exam. Then, we read from the book Into Thin Air and reviewed his vocabulary words again."