Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Factoring polynomials. The student struggled to understand these concepts in the session, so we spent a large amount of time reinforcing what his teacher covered in class. He didn't seem to have a sense of the basics of factoring, which we reviewed so that we could work on his more difficult factoring of polynomials in the homework for April 7. I think he was getting a better sense of the concept by the end of the session, but still needs more practice."
"The student and I reviewed root words to begin this session. We then reviewed verbal section questions. The student and I will continue to work on being able to recognize the type of analogy in an effort to create an appropriate bridge sentence. "
"Helped the student catch up on math homework. Taught supplementary and complementary angles, and how to tell when an angle is obtuse, acute, or right. Calculated how to find angle measurements in triangles."
"The student wrote an essay about his day. The two misspelled words were "woke" and "soccer". Then he wrote down the same new eight sight words he practiced writing the day before. Then he proceeded to the next set of eight spelling words. He practiced writing each misspelled word 3 to 6 time and wrote a sentence with them as well."
"Today we reviewed the math principals from the previous session's homework. For homework, the student will review and practice angles, and he will study the vocabulary section. "
"Reviewed the students' math hw for test - weighted averages, plugging-in to formulas, etc. Completed "Finding Subjects and Verbs" for ACT English, using this as a strategy to know where punctuation should be located. Completed practice passage and assigned incorrect answers for hw."
"The student and I got started tonight by briefly discussing his previous test to determine where to begin and how to go about our work. He identified mathematics as his weakest subject and the hardest portion of his previous ACT, so after spending a few minutes on general testing advice, we started reviewing the math portion of the test. I have asked him to complete a practice ACT Math test on his own for next time."
"Today we reviewed the student's homework and did practice problems. We discussed multiplying by breaking the numbers down and using partial products and place value. She said she had a little trouble in school but now she understands. I also gave her some problems that contained errors, and she was able to identify and fix them. After working on the homework she was able to explain the multiplication process in her own words. We also worked on some logic word problems. She did well figuring out what was being asked vs what was given."
"We went over her physics lab on using Ohm's law in circuits. We talked in detail about how to find the total current and voltage in circuits with resistors in series and resistors in parallel. Then we went through her Algebra homework on solving series of equations. We focused mostly on substitution, because that was the one with which she had the most trouble."
"The student began learning about probability. I helped her to understand the concept and she completed her homework assignment from the textbook. She was sometimes quick to jump to conclusions about how to solve the problems, so I had her slow down and try to think about the problems more conceptually."
"I met with the student to help her get caught up after she did not perform as well as she had hoped on a math test. The test covered radical and power simplification. We went through the test, and I wrote a series of similar problems for her to practice with. I will see her again tomorrow."
"The student had an opportunity to get some extra credit at school by writing a paper for her teacher. The prompt was "If I could tell my teacher anything, I would tell him..." Since the prompt is pretty vague and I believe in standing out in a positive way, I suggested we deviate from the original ideas of telling him that he's a good teacher, or funny, or some other flattery, and we tell him instead that he would make an awesome super hero. We then came up with ideas for what his super power would be, who his arch nemesis would be, who his side kick would be, what his super hero name would be, etc. The paper turned out really well and I think she will score highly on it."