Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has already received his next graded homework assignment, which we worked on today. The assignment, regarding further permutations of finding first derivatives, intervals of increase and decrease, and relative/absolute maxima and minima, was not overly complicated or long, and we finished with extra time in the hour, so I then had a conversation with the student about his comprehension of the class so far, beyond simply finding the right answers to problems. The student told me he is better recognizing the patterns and relations between the first and second derivatives since his recent graphic-interpretation assignment. I also gave him a brief disclaimer about the work with antiderivatives which he will be facing soon."
"First we worked on Geometry topics including complementary angle equations, linear pairs, and vertical angles. We then went on to chemistry and discussed the periodic table and properties of specific groups of elements within it. Groups included metals, nonmetals, and metalloids. We also studied alkali and alkaline earth metals, transition metals, halogens, noble gases, and group 13 elements. The student seemed to be getting the trends in the periodic table as we worked but I think a little more work on it will help her even more."
"Today the student resumed with letters "K" through "T." Again, we used phonics and spelling rules-- such as "the silent 'e' makes the vowel inside say its name"-- to write the names of the corresponding objects. He then completed a sequencing activity after reading a short story. He answered reading comprehension questions after reading another short story. He did so by writing his responses on paper."
"The student and I worked through both verbal and quantitative reasoning sections during this meeting. The student is excellent at pacing himself, and perhaps goes a little too quickly when he should slow down. His mathematical reasoning ability is well-honed, and much of his difficulty with quantitative reasoning comes from a lack of familiarity with the test. We discussed different types of quantitative reasoning questions and strategies for approaching them. As for verbal reasoning, the student really needs to work on his vocabulary, so I am working on a robust plan to help him develop his assessment vocabulary knowledge and his contextual reading skills. His performance on the verbal reasoning was still quite good."
"The student and I practiced her multiplication facts (6's, 7's, 8's, and 9's) on flash cards and then she took a timed test. She scored 100% on the math worksheet. We also practiced her multiplication facts on a white board by saying the answers out loud and making a song out of the answers. She was a pleasure to work with and she is extremely motivated to learn!"
"Today we discussed computer safety, password management, and user privileges from an administrator's point of view. We also created user accounts for two of the client's employees, and sent them emails with notifications of their new accounts."