Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered strategies for approaching the reading section and the science section. We also covered a few math problems to get a feel for where he is. I think he'll do fine on the math section but he definitely needs to review the skills that he has. His homework for this week is a section of math (in 60 minutes), 2 passages from a reading section (in 15 minutes), and the last passage of science that we didn't get to tonight (in 5 minutes)."
"I worked with the student to complete her vocabulary homework. Then we studied her vocabulary words for the week and had a little time at the end to make some improvements to her science fair report. I am glad to announce that she received a 100% on the last vocabulary test I helped her with, making it her second perfect score since I started working with her on vocabulary."
"This was our second meeting and we focused mainly on verb conjugations. We made charts organizing verb conjugations by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person and plural vs. singular number. The student practiced constructing sentences with current vocabulary and switching between 1st and 2nd person in conversation."
"Today, the student and I used factoring to solve equations. We manipulated the equation until it was equal to zero, took out any common factors, and then factored. We set each factor equal to zero and solved to find the value of the variable. At the end, we also introduced the difference of two squares formula as well as the sum of two squares formulas. These helped with some particularly tricky problems."
"We started by working on the student's homework which included story problems on interpreting derivatives as velocity and acceleration. It also included answering questions about position, velocity, and acceleration from a graph. After the homework, I had a few practice sheets for her that we did some problems off of. One of them was on sketching derivatives of graphs. The other was practice taking derivatives of composite functions where the functions were defined from an equation, a table, and a graph."
"Today we covered the digestive tract, beginning with the oral cavity; touching on organs such as the stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestines, and kidneys; and ending with the segments of the large intestines. We then proceeded to tackle two tract passages."
"The student and I met and reviewed her results from her most recent SSAT. She improved greatly in all areas and scored nearly perfect on the main idea concept of reading. We chose to spend the bulk of this session reviewing reading passages so that the Higher Order section becomes much more natural for her. I asked her how she felt about her skills and she expressed great confidence. For homework, I asked that she do a practice test portion solely on reading so that she can focus on her understanding of the passages."
"Reviewed for the student's math test on proving triangles congruent, then went through all the theorems and some algebra applications. He knows all the material."
"We went over two math sections. The student is pretty solid in math but makes some simple errors, or gets intimidated by mathematical language that he's actually capable of breaking down and understanding. We worked on not being overwhelmed by problems and just working through them methodically. He does well within the time constraints, so I also encouraged him to take his time and make sure he's not making casual errors which will cost him points. We need to work on not going too fast and end up inadvertently skipping a step in the process."
"We reviewed conversion of fractions to decimals and vice versa, adding and subtracting of complex numbers, and the concept of adding and subtracting negative numbers on a number line. We also read together and she wrote a summary and predicted the course the plot might take next."
"Fridays are assessment days so for both girls they had their spelling and vocabulary test. The first student had to fill in sentences with the correct word. The second student used a workbook. For the first, we also continued working on writing that explains using a three pronged approach. For math, she worked on two-step math problems. For the second student, we read "Johnny Appleseed," highlighting different vocabulary words and the comprehension focus was on inferencing and characterization. Her extra practice was to write an essay that lists characteristics of "Johnny Appleseed" and that is backed up by evidence from the story."
"We reviewed the Completing The Square algorithm, and used both for transforming quadratic equations and for solving their roots. Then we did a quick review of the methods we used to factor polynomials and synthetic division. Finally we briefly started working on rational functions, their basic properties and their graphs."