Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over proofs and how to apply the properties of equality/congruency. The student and I then went into detail on the differences among the reflexive, symmetric, and transitive properties. We also went over definitions such as coplanar and co-linear. She needs help on the truth tables and needs to review her definitions and know her properties."
"The student required study skills for an upcoming math test covering fractions. We reviewed all skills involved. When applying the skills to actual problems she was successful. P.S. The student received a 100% on the book report she learned to plan for and to write during the last session."
"We went over her notes in preparation for her exam. She did not yet know how to write formulas for ionic compounds, so we spent much time on this, as well as on studying the different types of bonds. We also reviewed her vocabulary unit. She had a majority of the words down, having more difficulty with identifying the part of speech, rather than definitions. After she became more comfortable with the definitions, I told her to think about how she defines the word. If she uses "to" before the definition, it'll be a verb, if she uses "a" then it'll be a noun. She did a lot better when using this tactic. Finally we began reviewing her history notes. We'll continue reviewing those notes and start on geometry next session."
"Reviewed student's past test on solving quadratic equations, changing from vertex form to quadratic form and solving for vertices of equations. Student did very well on her test and only made a few mistakes with forgetting a negative, copying down a number incorrectly, etc. We corrected the questions she had gotten incorrect and worked through more examples in homework problems of similar questions. She has these concepts down solidly now and can apply them to new problems."
"We began examining the objective portion of the writing section and looked at the grammar rules tested by the SAT. The student's use of logic and ability to correct mistakes was good, but knowledge of grammar mechanics could use some work. We will review this next session before resuming our work on the section."
"Today I met with the student and his mom for the first time. We discussed his background, abilities and needs. He and I worked on identifying words and assessing if he was aware of word patterns, blends, and sounds. We played word games, building new words from changing the initial letter(s). We ended our session with a game of hangman. I enjoyed this session and I'm looking forward to our next session on August 8th."
"Today, we worked on reviewing the three social studies chapters that would be on a test this Friday. We studied the vocabulary that would be tested, and talked through the critical thinking questions provided in the review section of the book. We also went back through the sections that seemed to be a little bit fuzzier. By the end, the student had a much stronger grasp on the material and moreover, felt more confident about her upcoming exam."
"Went over the student's math homework with her and created new problems to help her practice. We also went over all her homework, and what she is working on in other subjects. She also had her writing assignment I gave her from last week, and she read it to me. I gave her a new writing assignment for next week as well."
"Initial consultation consisted of a pre-test in all areas. Student warmed up to tutoring while working on pattern squares. Focus could be a challenge here (kept switching to new patterns without finishing old ones). Tested word reasoning -- excellent; vocab -- good; comprehension -- good. Picture similarities -- hard for student (matched mostly by shape and color). Matrices -- got it at first but is struggling with the concept. Coding -- good, but skips around instead of going linearly ... didn't finish."
"The student had a homework assignment over random sampling to complete in preparation for a quiz in the morning. The assignment proved not to be too challenging, except for some confusion over the difference between stratified sampling and cluster sampling, which I cleared up with a detailed explanation. He is continuing to improve at interpreting context, though the low math content of this section might have helped; we will see if this improvement continues once sampling is combined with the previous concepts."
"We talked briefly about tone, including some simple cue words used to describe it. We also discussed three main forms of irony: verbal, dramatic, and situational. Two examples were covered in detail - the poem Ozymandias by Shelley and an excerpt from Huckleberry Finn. We left A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift for next session. We also talked in detail about tips for the writing section of the AP English exam, specifically how to plan and how to revise. Our discussion centered around focus on the prompt and transitions."
"During our session today, we reviewed the science section that the student completed and talked about strategy for the questions she had trouble with. We also reviewed the pros and cons list that she made for her writing section prompt, which I was impressed with. She was able to come up with quality examples for a difficult writing prompt and showed me that she applied the strategy we talked about in our previous session, which was great! Finally, we reviewed mathematics section content (basic math, arithmetic, and algebra) and talked about types of problems she is comfortable with and types she has identified as being her least favorites."