Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Last session, the student told me that she needs to work more on listening comprehension, especially during lectures with specific or technical vocabulary. For today's session, I selected three exam level texts and read them aloud to the student. She took notes while I read and then we discussed the passages and answered comprehension questions about them. She scored about 5/8 for the listening comprehension questions. We will continue to practice to see if we can improve her comprehension."
"We reviewed math, focusing on d=rt, the average formula, slopes, rearranging y=mx+b, the process of elimination, picking numbers, and back solving. We reviewed the practice test he took before meeting with me. We also discussed probability, coordinate planes, algebra, and numbers and operations. We reviewed the few problems he had missed. He has homework to go over what we covered in our past sessions and do another practice test if he has time. Great work!"
"Today we continued our review of the critical reading diagnostic test. Using the unknown vocabulary from the previous session, he wrote sentences and stories to help him internalize the words. When we went over the questions again, the student was able to answer more than half correctly thanks to his new vocabulary. Then we moved on to reading comprehension, an area the student finds challenging. He needs to improve his time management skills. We discussed some questions together step-by-step so that he could get a feel for the process of elimination method. I assigned him to read three articles online, which I will quiz him on during the next session."
"I met with the student to discuss the next chapter in the physics test prep book on thermodynamics. This was a short chapter and a short session. The chapter primarily focused on the first and second laws of thermodynamics. We had to discuss the concepts of internal energy and entropy. We discussed what it meant for a process to be isothermal, isometric, and adiabatic. She has a pretty strong understanding of the concepts, and is certainly prepared for material from this chapter on the test. We will meet again to discuss atomic physics."
"We went over some essay strategies. Had the student write an essay. Then graded and discussed it. Had the student do two full practice sections. Then graded and discussed them. Left the student with homework to find examples he can use in the essay."
"I showed her a PPT that addresses hooks and conclusions. We then took the 3 persuasive essays she wrote and began revising them starting with the hooks and doing what we could in the conclusions. The last 30 minutes of the session we read a story and answered questions related to it. I stopped the student at various places in the reading to gauge her comprehension and was impressed with her level of understanding. I left her with homework to choose 2 of her 3 essays and come up with 3 supporting ideas for each to support her position using the internet to research stats, stories, and quotes to support her ideas."
"The student took practice tests on reading comprehension and essay writing. We reviewed some strategies such as eliminating wrong answers for multiple choice, looking for the main idea in topic sentence for reading comprehension questions. For essay: state main idea and then give supporting examples."
"We started with a review of fractions using visual interpretations and then moved on to turning mixed numbers into improper fractions and vice versa. She can easily add fractions with like denominators but has a bit of trouble with the concept of finding a LCM to make unlike denominators like. She was also able to accurately multiply and divide fractions. We finished the lesson with multiplication flashcards."
"The student and I reviewed a full practice exam that he completed for homework. He did quite well on Critical Reading, is making really positive progress on Math, and needs to work on Writing Skills multiple choice. We spent the second half of our session reviewing Grammar rules and strategies, which he has a good grasp on. He is making some great progress."
"We covered the Reading Comp. and Writing sections of the SAT. We worked on grammar, vocab, context and comprehension. The student was genuinely interested in learning the material and used the intuitions he had; he was also aware of his limits. We talked about strategies for working around his knowledge limits, as well as continuing reading to increase his knowledge. I asked him to continue his regular reading and vocab practice, as well as to complete another Reading/Writing section pair."
"The student and I worked on SAT essay prompts. We went over various strategies and wrote one essay together. Afterwards, the student wrote a timed essay on his own. We discussed strategies for finding strong examples and making sure they clearly connect to the prompt."
"The student and I worked multi-step word problems on a variety of algebra 1/geometry topics. She is improving in strategies and confidence, and, as always, worked with great focus and asked questions when unclear. Near end of session we began some mixed word problems and will continue this and further word problem practice next session."