Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did very well on the English section he did over the weekend. I'm thrilled to see that he's caught on to the punctuation rules. Most of the errors he did make were small, and he was able to quickly identify where he went wrong. A couple of the questions were very poorly written, so I feel confident that he'll do well on the English. We continued on math, which was a little tough for him today. I think with these last couple sessions we'll want to focus in on the math and possibly reading."
"The student and I reviewed the material on her homework which covered ionic equations/naming. We reviewed the various cat ions and anions and how they work. We also worked with terms like binary/ternary, mono atomic/polyatomic molecules, and valence electrons. Overall, she did very well. She does a great job predicting the equation."
"The student and I met for about an hour, covering basic line concepts and arithmetic. I want to keep the student focused on the basics of keeping track of signs and manipulating equations correctly. He is doing great and I am confident that he will do well."
"We worked on translating several Catullus poems over which the student is going to be quizzed this week. After translating, I picked out some forms and had her identify them, allowing us to review some grammatical concepts and case usages, as well as furthering the understanding of the passage in question. We did some more review of the independent subjunctive, going over a worksheet I created."
"The student and I completed the review notes we began the other day. Today he was able to focus and contribute even on items which he did not know completely. We also took a look at a brief integration review sheet which had been assigned. He had completed most of the problems already, and I was pleased to find as I checked his work that all of the actual calculus had been done perfectly."
"First, the student and I worked on modeling integer subtraction. He was able to do the math easily. Then, we cleaned out his binder and homework folder to help him get organized. His mother wanted us to start focusing on getting him more organized for 7th grade. We talked about using a new filing system and starting to use a different planner with a to-do list."
"We are back to the SAT. We started with him taking the SAT Practice Test 3, Section 6 (Writing) and it was timed. During and after he was done with it, I reviewed his English essay that is due tomorrow. The major issues of his paper were the lack of topic sentences to bring greater coherency to the paper and run-on sentences. After we went over how to improve his essay, we graded and reviewed the incorrect questions of SAT Practice Test 3, Section 6. For homework, he has F's, J's, K's, and L's for vocabulary, along with Sections 7 and 8 in the SAT Practice Test 3."
"First we worked on a math worksheet about addition and subtraction with money. Then we practiced for his recital. Then we did a worksheet on pronouns and ended with little bit of the dice game. The student did very well today."
"Our session today went quite well, with the student working through an entire practice Grade 4 reading exam. I have several more prepared that we'll go through in the weeks to come."
"We worked together on various Chemistry topics throughout the hour and a half covering principles that she felt hesitant on. Additionally, we went through her exam review sheet to discuss how to approach problems of varying difficulty levels. In conjunction with following the exam review sheet, I also created additional problems that were similar in nature so I could verify she knew how to handle never-before-seen problems that covered the same topics. Overall, I believe the session went well. There are still topics that could be worked on a little more, but I believe she felt more knowledgeable about the topics covered by the time I departed. "
"I rechecked the student on his Dolch word list. I will add new words missed. He read 77 wpm on his first attempt. We reviewed vocabulary words from story. We read the story, "How the Zebra Got Their Stripes", and the student was very accurate; 100% comprehension. I introduced phonograms: "all" as in ball, "aw" as in claw, and "o" as in moth. He matched letters and sounds, segmented sounds, made new words, read and spelled them."
"The student and I spent our time going over a different sections on the test. We were able to pinpoint the problem areas in English - when to use semi colons, colons, dashes versus commas and how to use commas in some areas. Science was more a matter of reading correctly and then finding errors in the test prep book. We spent the majority of our time on math problems. Here we tackle certain problems that he had never seen before that involved the use of precalculus, Pythagorean identities, and reciprocal trig functions. He seemed to understand and will get more fluid with as time goes on."