Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued with math content review. Topics covered included exponents and radicals, geometry (including special triangles), functions, coordinate geometry (including slope and the slope-intercept formula), and averages. We reviewed and practiced previously covered topics, including percentages, proportions, ratios, order of operations, manipulating equations, simultaneous equations, prime factorization, and probability. We also discussed test-taking strategies specific to the Quantitative Comparison questions, including avoiding calculations whenever possible."
"For the first 45 minutes, Student A and I worked on more ACT grammar passages to help prepare for his English final exam. We focused on specific practice for punctuation, namely commas, semicolons, colons, apostrophes, dashes, and hyphens. For the last 45 minutes, Student B and I worked on more ACT reading passages to help prepare for his English final exam. We focused on prose fiction annotation techniques as well as those for natural science passages."
"In this session, the student and I worked through problems that involved proving congruence of triangles. We talked through the different theorems that can be used to prove congruence. In addition, we worked through problems that involved transformations."
"The student is currently working on quadratic inequalities. She has a very sound understanding of this topic; both concept and application. We worked together to understand some of her teachers examples, and she completed several homework problems with my supervision. We exchanged techniques for graphing parabolas, and I am confident in her understanding. "
"The student and I worked on an assignment for the assigned book. We were focusing especially on how to use quotations in an answer. She seemed like she understood how to use quotes from a text by the time we finished, and I think she is"
"Chapter 11: infinite sequences and series. Session focused mainly on reviewing concepts of the integral test, as well as determining whether series or sequences are convergent or divergent. I taught him how to determine summation equations for stand-alone additive values."
"The student finished the discussion questions and began working on the continuation problems for Module 4. We decided that this time he should try and work through the first one on his own to see where he is at. He will send me the spreadsheet and I will make corrections through e-mail. We plan to meet once more this weekend to work on the second continuation problem."
"Today we worked on an outline for the student's upcoming Western Lit paper on the image of a hero in ancient Greek literature. We first reviewed the specific examples of heroes in the works she's read so far, so as to ground the foundation of the paper in the reading and to make it easier when it's time to cite specific passages in the reading for backup. We then rephrased the paper topic as a question, and formulated a strong thesis as a response to it. Together we came up with an outline for the rest of the paper so that the organization and direction of the paper is clear from the very outset of writing it."
"The student and I started off by discussing strategies for the timing of each section. I reminded her to skip the more time-consuming problems and to use tricks, keywords, and graphs so that she did not spend time reading every detail. We then went through a timed reading comprehension section. She got a score of 30 for the reading - much better than her original 23! After that, we looked at an essay prompt and worked on creating very specific, analytic examples to match the prompt."
"Today we spent time examining all the components of the exam. We explored each of the five sections and discussed distinct strategies we could use on each individual section. In each section, we examined examples of all the various types of problems that the student might see on test day. We focused the remainder of our lesson focusing on reading comprehension strategies and solving algebraic equations."
"The student worked on identifying words within texts that we read. We then spent the rest of the lesson working on her lower case letter writing. We also worked on her phonic identification skills in order to break up words into parts."
"Today we completed the math section of the ACT test that we had started during the previous session. The student worked at a good, steady pace throughout, but there were many questions he didn't know how to solve. We reviewed how to solve systems of equations, translating a graph, the equation of a circle, simplifying complex numbers in fractions, using the trigonometric functions, using the unit circle in relation to the trigonometric functions, binomial expansion and methods for working out word problems like drawing a diagram or defining variables. We also went over a brief introduction to the reading section. I suggested that he work through one more math practice test before our next session and to mark any more problems he didn't know how to work."