Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent some time going over some specific things with which he struggles during lecture in his geometry class. We then spent the remainder of the hour going over what was covered in class that day and what was going to be covered in class the next day. I showed him that if he goes over the material on his own before class he will not fall behind."
"The student and I went over her new chapter, thermodynamics. We looked at problems covered in class as well as homework problems she had that were due the next day. The problems covered topics in entropy, enthalpy, and energy using Gibb's Free Energy equation. We also discussed spontaneity, order/disorder and unit conversion, which she forgot to do at the start but was comfortable with at the end of the lesson. The student also got a B+ on her test from last week."
"He felt good about his test today so we moved on to his final which is coming up in a few weeks. His teacher gave him a list of problems that'll be on the final so we went through them and talked about each one. I tried to grill him on the specifics of each problem and ask him about why each problem is solvable the way he solve it. The topics covered were properties of lines and angles."
"Today the student made the most improvements I've seen thus far. We explored a new strategy of reading the question then trying to come up with an answer of our own before reading the answer choices. In doing so, he was able to avoid choosing answer choices that are intended to somewhat trick the test taker, and he was able to better understand what the question was looking for. We used this new strategy for both the English and Reading sections and the improvements were clearly noticeable"
"-Worked with the student on both math and science this week. We worked on a geometry worksheet that included problems finding slope, midpoints, and distances between triangles on the XY coordinate plane. She's getting the hang of fractions and adding/subt"
"The student and I continued to cover all aspects of the exam, although we spent most of our session focusing on math. He tends to do problems in his head. We spent a good amount of time discussing test taking strategies."
"Today the student and I went over his homework assignments (worksheets) that he had submitted for grades. We discussed errors, and went over the present perfect, the past perfect, and the subjunctive tenses. We reviewed vocabulary, and I gave him a vocabulary quiz. He understands that we will be doing a spelling and vocabulary quiz during each of our sessions. We practiced reading and pronunciation, and also completed several activities in his workbook regarding his current class material, Chapter 15."
"As this was our first session, the student and I discussed his history with the exam, what he has been studying and the main concerns he has with regards to the MCAT. We then reviewed the structure of the exam and some general test taking strategies. While the student has a lot of time to study by himself, he is looking to use tutoring as a way to provide added structure and depth to his studies. We planned on creating a study schedule he could use for the next three months (before his June 20 exam). Before I left, I gave him homework to finish before our meeting next week."
"The student has been very overwhelmed by his finals, so we continued our study-sheet approach. We went through another chapter slide by slide to make sure he knows what the professor is expecting of him when he is tested. We are meeting one more time before his final."
"Although I did not know exactly what the student had been covering in class since before he went on vacation, I was very pleased to learn he got a 95 on his test, and hope we can keep up the momentum. We reviewed food vocabulary today as well as had a more in depth review of ser and estar with pronouns. I think that flashcards have really been helping the student along with visual exercises."
"We reviewed the notes that the student has taken in class so far, which she fills in on the hand-outs. There were a couple of minor errors either on the hand-out itself. I discussed the minor errors at the session and re-enforced my answers with followup emails today. We are still discussing the endocrine system, and the student has it pretty well in mind, so far. I also brought her a disc with histological images on it; we can review these any time she likes."
"Today we continued in chapter 13 and reviewed perimeter of shapes. We also finished the student's language arts book with multiple meaning words and a review. Again, I'm really impressed with his focus and drive the last few days, and I've also noticed his ability to think on his feet with his own sentences has drastically improved!"