Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's English mid-term is a take-home assignment consisting of five short essays, which she outlined during Spring Break. Great initiative! Today we fleshed out the first essay, including proofreading and incorporating quotes and examples from the text."
"Today, the student and I worked on the homework problems from the latter part of Chapter 3. We are working to get her up-to-date on her assignments and to prepare for her quiz this Friday. We will meet on Thursday to finish the rest of the assignments and to review the concepts for the quiz."
"Met with Student 1 and did a bunch of vocab, logic and counting games, riddles, and then a little more vocab. With Student 2 we worked on a language arts assignment, then worked on the SSAT- Vocab is his Achilles Heel right now."
"The student said he was not retaking the math portion of the SAT, so we only worked on Physics. His biggest problem was the magnetism questions so we went through some conceptual problems in my textbook. After that we went through a few on the college board website. Since we had time remaining, we went though the other parts of physics that weren't magnetism based."
"We continued discussing General Chemistry concepts and doing end-of-chapter questions in the General Chemistry review book. We discussed Periodic Trends, Bonding, and Compounds and Stoichiometry, focusing on concepts she felt weaker in and on questions that more closely mirrored actual MCAT test questions. She did well on the review questions. Going forward, we have a good study plan for the next few weeks, aiming to master Physics and General Chemistry concepts while continuing to do practice problems, along with doing practice Verbal passages. Around Christmas we will touch up on Organic Chemistry and Biology material before delving into practice tests, test-taking strategies, and timing methods."
"This was my first session with the student. We focused on probability. We looked at mutually exclusive vs. overlapping examples, as well as independent vs. dependent examples. She had to calculate the probability of various situations. We also looked at mean, median, mode and mean deviation. We also looked at stem and leaf plots and histograms. She needed some pointers on a few things, but she did a good job of learning the concepts and applying them."
"The student just started a new unit in Spanish. We completed 4 pages in her work book together then went over her list of vocabulary words, practicing the pronunciation of each word together. She had previously mentioned that she struggled with when to use the preterit vs. the imperfect on her last quiz, and has the opportunity to retake the quiz when she has reviewed the material. I brought several worksheets and we reviewed situations in which to use the Preterite vs. the imperfect. We then completed 2 other worksheets together on the Preterite vs. the imperfect and how to conjugate verbs in each tense. I left her with 10 problems involving situations in which she needs to select the proper verb tense. We will review these problems on Wednesday."
"In our session, the student and I went over vocabulary from his homework packet, and then completed two activities from the packet. The last half and hour, we made flashcards and I talked with him and his dad about how we can improve his work and study time with Spanish. We have decided I will be start two sessions a week from now on to help him keep up."
"Today the student and I completed her homework assignment, which focused on the difference between "por" and "para". We also completed an assignment that she missed in class. She and I also reviewed the use of preterite and imperfect, as well as the present tense, so that she can continue to practice proper verb usage. We ended the session, by reading half of a myth, out of her chapter book that has passages in both Spanish and English. Her pronunciation is vastly improving!"
"Preparing for his speaking midterm, the student and I worked on the chapter's vocabulary. I would say a word, and he would have to generate the translation of it on his own. After mastering the vocabulary, I came up with three different speaking quizzes, in which he would listen to me tell a story in Spanish, and then would answer the multiple choice questions that I made. He excelled on all three exams, scoring perfectly on the first two and only missing one question on the third. The session was great, and we're confident that he will do well on his test tomorrow."
"This session's focus was on reviewing for the student's test on Friday on Chapter 6. He completed review worksheets which entailed practice with the subjunctive, vocabulary related to the home (furniture and appliances), as well as listening and reading comprehension. The student also practiced writing a brief paragraph. The student seems to be becoming more confident with his reading comprehension. He continues to make index cards for vocabulary words that he doesn't know and he studies them in his free time."
"Today I worked with three students. We went over two reading passages and the multiple choice questions accompanying them. I focused on making sure the scholars go through all the steps of textual analysis and find textual evidence to support their answers."