Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over Spanish homework and focused on the verb conocer and the present progressive. I said sentences in English which he translated into Spanish and after a few initial errors the student caught onto the patterns. We also went over the vocabulary flash cards we made the previous session. He'd forgotten many of the words, so we tried to make sense out of them so he has some basis for remembering them later."
"The student and I worked on his research paper the whole time since it is due on Friday. He did not have time to research the additional points for the 2nd and 3rd body paragraphs so we discussed that. He also wrote the introduction and most of the first body paragraph of his final paper. He will use the outline that we created last time to finish writing the remaining portion of the paper."
"We started with the student reviewing the rest of the vocabulary words: B, F, J, K, L, U, V, W, and Z. She then had her vocab quiz. Afterwards, she did Sentence Errors #1-70, which I graded. We reviewed the questions she got wrong, and wrote what she could have done to avoid the mistake next to each question. Lastly, she took Section 10 of the old SAT. For HW, she is assigned #1-30 of Improving Sentences; #1-5 of Improving Paragraphs."
"The student and I covered differentiation using the product/quotient rule, the chain rule, the power rule, and trigonometric derivatives. We discussed the importance of recognizing expressions within expressions in order to properly implement the chain rule. "
"We began an overview of electricity, which his teacher will start covering next week in class. We also continued practice with inverse functions. Our next session will be an intense review of compositions and inverses, the topics on his geometry quiz Wednesday, the 10th."
"The student and I worked on her elephant project. She has been creating a book full of elephant facts that reads like a story, but is embedded with little known facts about elephants."
"The student and I worked on the English section today. I showed her all the strange rules that the SAT tests cover, and we worked through a practice section so she could see how to differentiate them ."
"For the day before the Spanish II final exam, the student translated sentences using the imperfect/preterite verb tense into English and gave correct verb usage reasoning for each, identifying and employing the correct logic for each verb tense. Also, review IOP and DOP: indirect and direct object pronouns by using classroom related sentence examples. I also dictated to the student several scenarios and he was asked to identify the Direct object /indirect object and then replace it with the DOP/IOP. Good job!"
"The student and I studied and reviewed the last two chapters which will be covered in her final exam. Through writing, note taking and written/oral explanation, and speaking activities, we covered past tense regular and irregular verbs, direct object pronouns, the verbs quedarse and conocer, and also the present progressive tense. It was an intense session, but I have taken the strategy of making a checklist for her for all the different grammatical exercises she must do. She is extremely bright, and has a intuition for languages."
"During this session, the student and I started off by working on the subjunctive tense. We reviewed conjugating verbs in the subjunctive as well as the situations where using the subjunctive is required. These included using indirect commands, formal commands, negative informal commands, situations of doubt, and situations of disbelief. We practiced using the subjunctive by completing sentence examples of the above situations. We then moved to tackling balancing equations in chemistry. I showed her a method I use that counts the total number of atoms present for each element before and after balancing the equation to track when she has correctly balanced an equation. We did practiced a few at varying levels of difficulty. Building this way allowed her to successfully complete the hardest problem her teacher had assigned."
"During today's session, we spent the first part of our session going over previous words and vocabulary words. I gave him a self-made quiz to test his knowledge about the material we have been learning. It was great that he remembered some of the newer verbs but I feel that he has to keep practicing more on his own so he can retain the information better and use repetition. We learned and practiced the new verb 'decir' and practiced using it in the preterite and present tense. Our session was conversational but I also made him write sentences so he may remember writing it as well speaking it. He was happy about the session even though I challenged him a bit. It was a good session and I only recommend that he keeps practicing on his own on his off time."
"We covered the differences and uses of por and para and completed the student's packet exercises. He was struggling with tense identification but we cleared things up. I left him with a sheet of vocab words he didn't know in the exercises to study. Great work!"