Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We practiced healthy as well as unhealthy foods. Types of exercises, concluding a paragraph. Studied regular verbs ending in -ar, -er, and -ir. We reviewed expressions such as "segÃºn MarÃa" According to MarÃa. For the most part we went through translating sentences and going over words like "entre" and "cerca"."
"Spent first 30 minutes practicing problems from mathematics section. Reviewed basic strategies for the critical reading section, and spent the rest of the time writing a sample essay and reviewing it. Prescribed addition of vocabulary into day--learning five words per day with the use of a Smartphone app, for instance. Also instructed to complete math and reading section before next session."
"We continued working on vocabulary that the student did not know while reading "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" and literary devices, focusing on similes, metaphors, alliteration, hyperbole, and personification. The student got 100% on his novel review quiz."
"The student will be in the 6th grade in the fall. Upon discussion with student and parent, it was decided that the plan is to continue to review math topics over the summer. I'll also assist the student with vocabulary/comprehension of her summer reading. "
"The student and I worked more on math today. One of the trickiest concepts for him was the distributive property--I think he's got it, but we'll revisit it briefly next week just to make sure. Other than that, we've made it through pretty much the entirety of the math concepts in the SSAT Prep booklet and the other exam packet. Next week we're going to talk about the essay, and if we have time, test-taking strategies in general. I really enjoy working with him."
"We talked about prefixes and suffixes. We made flash cards of the different prefixes and suffixes and their meanings. We also played a memory game with the flash cards. We did some practice reading questions involving prefixes and suffixes. Then we worked on synonyms and antonymous. The student did two worksheets about identifying synonyms and antonyms. After that, we worked on math word problems. We mostly focused on fractions."
"We reviewed and worked on practice problems for sections 4.1 and 4.2, which covers extreme values and the mean value theorem. We also reviewed how to find the antiderivative of a function and used it in projectile motion problems. The student seems to understand the material well, although occasionally she needs a push in the right direction in order to figure out how to solve more complex questions."
"Today was my last session with the student, prior to the holiday break. I was pleased to find that he had completed all of his homework assignments, and to boot, he had achieved a great score (roughly 46/50 problems correct). The session ran well, as he was focused. We began by reviewing the problems he missed, and then proceeded to complete the remainder of each section (we purposefully left 5-10 problems undone from each practice session). We worked on problems involving finding the area of figures, when said figures are in one solid mass (e.g. a trapezoid figure that should be separated into triangles and a rectangle to allow us the ability to calculate their areas). We went through a few examples, but he will need more help to produce a correct answer in a small amount of time."
"Gave the student a vocabulary test, which he did very well on. Also reviewed parts of speech with him. Finally, worked with him on structuring the paragraphs of his research paper."
"During this session, the student and I finished a lab assignment for class. It required drawing the steps of mitosis or meiosis, along with specific things that take place during these two processes. Some examples were independent assortment and segregation."
"Today we discussed the next chemistry chapter, which covered gases. I explained the importance of understanding the basic concepts in order to be able to tackle more difficult questions. We spent a majority of the time talking about the ideal gas law and how any equation could be derived from PV=nRT. We looked at several examples that allowed the student to practice applying the concepts. The student will do practice problems until she feels more comfortable with the material."
"We completed the Basic Algebra review, and worked on the application of the five basic formulas to the factorization of polynomials. The student did great, and things are coming together quite nicely. I'm very proud of his progress."