Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I reviewed her most recent practice test. She received a very good range score, and overall her critical reading (and writing) has been improving. Her new essay was very good - it followed the rubric that I gave her very well and she seems to be noticing more of her grammatical mistakes and previous problems. We also worked on some math grid-in problems that I brought to the session and we worked through more of her vocabulary flashcards. I have left about 40 vocabulary flashcards unused so that she and her replacement tutor can continue to work on vocabulary while I'm gone. She is nearly ready to take this SAT comfortably and in a way that will get her a very good score."
"This was a light week for the student, so we took an hour for each session. Roughly half of each session was geared towards his homework, and the rest was geared towards assessment: testing him to make sure he grasps the concepts. I see no reason why we can't push his Spanish, math, and social studies grades up if we continue on our present course."
"The client requested help with a geometry test. He had taken a geometry course from a tutor last year so my job was to lend a helping hand with what I could. The client ran into some minor problems with determining a general formula from two or three points. We finished by working on basic geometric proofs. With enough practice I believe the client will be proficient in the material."
"The student and I reviewed psychology during this session. We read through her psych book covering part of the chapter that deals with how people make decision, process information and store information. History is the next class for us to discuss; she will obtain the notes from her class mate to get us started."
"We read some of Act II in Twelfth Night, and reviewed Spanish (body vocab, the verb doler, listening comprehension, conjugation of -zar, -gar, -car, preterite tense) and a quiz on it. Started reflexive verbs."
"Today the student worked on the outline for the essay that I gave him on the novel "Never Let Me Go". We also worked on organizational and communication skills. By having him practice these skills, he will learn critical thinking skills."
"The student and I had an effective-feeling session today. The focus was on Science and English, which are basically the two subjects where improvement will most efficiently raise his score. He performed quite well on two of the three Science passages we practiced. He seems already to have made strides. On English, he also did well. I was impressed with his work today."
"I advised the student on her lengthy homework assignment for the third section of the second chapter of her trigonometry textbook. We are almost done with this section and will move on to the next section next time we meet."
"During this second-to-last session we covered all outstanding topics that the student and I had not worked out over the course of the previous two months. This included covering the remainder of her reading comprehension problems, basic geometry and the writing section. We spent the majority of the time discussion reading comprehension and writing. She was given some geometry handouts to review if she had time; however, she has had very little geometry in school and already did a very intensive and exhaustive math review for this exam, so we discussed reviewing geometry only if she has additional time over the following week. She was sent home with a practice exam to take before our last session."
"The student and I continued reviewing linear equations and how to solve for the components of the equations. We also went over two of his quizzes. It seems that he understands the material."
"I reviewed the student's homework essay assignment with the her using rubric and discussing areas in which she had issues: needed more topic development, transitions, lack of clarity, lack of subject-verb agreement, etc. Her essay was okay, but she needs to refine her writing in order to score well on the exam. She is aware of this and is working hard to absorb what she needs to learn. She seems very motivated and willing to assign the time and effort. We also spent time on sentence and word choice exercises in the prep book, as well as on critical reading passages. She is attentive and thorough, and has some analytical skills. Her main drawback is a lack of higher level vocabulary, so for homework, I gave her an assignment to begin building vocabulary. In addition, she will do more prep exercises."
"We reviewed solving equations, systems of equations and quadratic equations. The student feels very confident with the simplest equations, but wants to have the same mastery of the other types of equation problems. We also spent some time on algorithms for regression lines."