Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on mixed numbers and fractions. She worked on 4 digit addition. She also worked on reading for comprehension and finding the main idea. We went over vocabulary for fifth grade and sixth grade. She worked very hard today. I want her to realize her capability for learning. She is a bright student."
"The student and I continued talking about the rate by going over reaction diagrams and covering the difference between endothermic and exothermic reactions. We discussed how bonds with high energy are less stable and low energy bonds are more stable. We labeled the energy of activation, the transition state (and we defined the transition state using pictures), and discussed what physical properties distinguish exo from endothermic reactions. We also went over Le Chatlier's principle for reversible reactions with adding/subtracting a compound, increasing or decreasing the temperature, and increasing or decreasing the pressure. We then began the acid/base packet. We defined an acid and base, went over how the pH scale works, discussed the difference between weak acids/strong acids and weak bases/strong bases and will continue acids and bases on Sunday."
"Today we surveyed these areas: colors, numbers, parts of the body, and animals. The students already have a fair amount of Spanish vocabulary, though they are a bit shy using it sometimes. We reinforced some of their existing vocabulary and sprinkled in a few new words."
"We reviewed for upcoming quiz from multiple choice review packet (combination, permutation, and probability). We distinguished between permutations and combinations. We looked at cases of double counting (when the order didn't matter and when selected options were indistinguishable). We expressed word problems with different notations (nCr and writing down number of choices on dashed lines)."
"Today, the student and I went over the essay portion of the ACT. I want him to realize that the essay is very logical. He just needs to formulate a general argument and center it around the prompt. I am trying to encourage him to pull together information from wherever he can, even taking a purely logical and argumentative stance. Once he is able to figure out what he wants to discuss, I think the actual essay writing will come with more ease. We made some progress on the first part. Therefore, I worked towards encouraging him to keep his sentences simple and to be concise and to the point with his arguments. I hope that focusing on this strategy will help him formulate sentences with more ease."
"Worked on upper and lowercase letters in names--drew a picture, labeled it, then used this as a basis for exploring further rhyming words with short i vowel sound--completed workbook pages on letter j--read story together, utilizing comprehension strategies and elaborating on earlier vocabulary and capitalization topics."
"The student and I worked together over an online conversation to help her complete a written assignment for one of her courses. We worked on a discussion post based on her family background and course readings, and then read through and wrote up responses to two of her classmates' discussion posts. Finally, we set a date to meet in person to work on a project and some further course assignments. It was a productive session overall!"
"The student and I reviewed her test and homework today. In reviewing her test we discovered that she knows how to do fractions, but when that problem is displayed in a word problem she has difficulties understanding what the problems is asking her to perform. We worked on a few word problems, and will continue next week on helping her understand them. "
"In the evening session, we went over the math sections of the SSAT. We reviewed some basic math concepts such as the decimals, fractions, and long division. After we reviewed these concepts, she did two math sections. She is doing better."
"The student and I spent the bulk of the session doing a practice essay. We went over the format again, and then he spent a good deal of time working on the essay. I saw a lot of improvement from the essay he wrote under the guidance of his previous tutor. We also worked on grammar."
"The student and I continued her review of chemistry for the exam. Today we made it through all of redox chemistry. She took very well to the cell potential. She had a little more trouble with non-standard potentials, but I gave her a few additional problems to hopefully clear that up."
"Reviewed for his upcoming test tomorrow, going back and reviewing each section likely to be seen on the test, and clarifying and cementing any issue he had with the various topics. Focusing mainly on periodicity."