Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with the student on her college admissions essays. We went over 2 of the 3 essays that we worked on previously; she edited them and made a few corrections on work usage and organization. Then, we developed an outline on a new essay over a fourth topic."
"The student worked on converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa. She caught really quick once we dropped the pictures and just stuck to multiplying/dividing and adding/subtracting. The other student worked on probability...seemed to have a decent understanding of what was going on. We'll continue to drill on this topic as well as percentage. Improvement made in writing as well."
"The student and I discussed the 10 problems she missed on the homework. We talked about parallel line/transversals, isosceles triangles, and other topics. Then, we went back to the math section from the previous session and discussed the geometry questions that we hadn't gone over. Finally, we did the last 10 problems in the section we were on and compared strategies. I assigned the other 20 problems from the section and a science section for homework."
"During this session, we focused on Algebra and Spanish. I helped the student complete two homework assignments for Algebra. The first was a cumulative review of chapters one through six, and the second was an assignment using the quadratic formula. After finishing the math homework, we studied for a Spanish test in the areas of indirect object pronouns and vocabulary."
"We went over the Reading and Science sections she had for homework. What an improvement! She went from a 20 to a 33 in science, and 19 to 29 in Reading. We walked through her diagnostic Math section, covering topics like probability and trigonometry that she hadn't covered in class. There were a few other small tricks, like for perimeter, that we did as well. Overall, it was a great session."
"The student and I finished both the geometry and probability sections in her book today. Now comes the difficult part: practice, practice, practice. After going over the ways to properly approach multiple choice questions, we began to go through some of the example questions the book provided. The student seemed very happy with her progress, and she told me that the problems seem a little less intimidating now. Next session we will continue to do more practice problems, focusing specifically on grid-ins."
"The student and I reviewed for his upcoming test. Topics included circles with chords, tangents, and inscribed angles; sequence and series (and the different notations), interest (APR, annual, quarterly, daily), and the derivation of other circle/angle/line relations."
"During our session, the student reviewed and practiced for her Spanish 2 exam. She did very well, and I felt she had grasped the semester's concepts and vocabulary. We paid some special attention to reviewing the names and capitals, for all of the Latin American countries in which Spanish is spoken. She used an Internet program to help her with recall. It was a very well done audio-visual practice of maps and a song. We also paid special attention to the uses of "por" and "para" and the imperfect vs preterite verb tenses, these being newer concepts which the teacher has presented. She said she felt ready for the final exam, that she had a good grasp on the grammatical concepts, and good recall of the vocabulary. I have observed that she has a lot more ease with the language, and is learning at a much quicker pace than when we first began working together, earlier in the semester."
"The student and I reviewed the vocabulary words assigned to her in her new unit. She also practiced writing sentences using irregular commands in the usted form. We also reviewed a quiz she took in class. She even completed the extra credit portion of the quiz. We then read two stories aloud out of a book of short stories. We read each paragraph aloud in both English and Spanish; practicing both pronunciation and comprehension."
"Today the student and I worked more on the subjunctive tense. I observed him using a sheet that his teacher gave to the class to help clarify when to use subjunctive tense in a sentence. To study for his test on Tuesday, it will help him to study his note cards as well as look out for the context of sentences for his fill-in-the-blank test. We plan to meet Monday night as well to prepare to keep his new semester grade at an A."
"Today was our first session. The student has previously studied Spanish in Peru, and now he wants to practice in order to not lose what he has learned, as well as amplify his language level. He has a fairly good vocabulary and can conjugate verbs well in the present as well as the past. I advised him to practice 10 -15 minutes a day and to make a note of any particular areas he would like to go over for next Wednesday. We will most likely work on future tenses, as well as past perfect tenses."
"Today we focused on learning the imperfect tense. The student completed her homework, and we reviewed the difference between the preterite and the imperfect. I gave her a handout that listed common Spanish verbs and how to conjugate both regular and irregular verbs in the imperfect. We then completed a worksheet that I brought that highlighted which situations to use the preterite vs. imperfect. She then worked on her Spanish homework through Monday, which included more practice with the imperfect and indirect object pronouns. She had some trouble initially with the concept of indirect object pronouns and their placement relative to the verb, but after reviewing together she has a better understanding and her teacher will cover the material in class during the next few days."