Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is ready for the ISEE. Hopefully we can get him to pace himself-- determining the right number of minutes per question, and writing out his work (he likes to do it in his head). That's the main issue at this point. He has the brains and the strategy, but allocating time properly will maximize those advantages for him."
"The student and I did a practice science section together. We covered topics such as cell respiration, photosynthesis, food chains, mitosis, and basic Mendelian genetics. We also covered basic experimental lingo such as controls, independent, and dependent variables."
"We reviewed preterit, present, and imperfect tenses in Spanish. We also worked on direct object pronouns, reflexive verbs, and forming questions and answering them. I helped her outline what she needed to study for her final exam that's coming up later this week."
"The student and I went over electrochemistry problems for a test she had the next day. They involved calculating rate constants, electric potential in a cell and half reactions. We also looked briefly at the next section of the text, organic chemistry, and went over what the teacher had gone through. She was very comfortable with the material that would be on her test."
"Compared and contrasted some concepts and types of questions tested on his tests. Went through the verbal section of the first test and explained the type of question expected on this section (synonyms and sentence completion). We also completed a mathematics achievement booklet for the other exam."
"The student and I reviewed the end of "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry." He did well on his final quiz. He began to write a summary of the entire book."
"Worked with Student A on a writing project for his English class, writing a monster story. Had a lot of fun discussing possible plots, narrative technique, and story pacing. Very prescient comments and observations from someone the student's age. Reviewed with Student B on his physics work, specifically covering Electro-Magnetism."
"We went over lots of worksheets which covered combining like terms, simplifying expressions, one-step equations, and finding the slope from a graph. I showed her rules associated with adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing integers. We will need to work on everything we worked on today and more on operations on integers. She did well on her homework which consisted of solving one and/or two step equations."
"The student and I worked on his most up-to-date physics material since a new homework set was due right after Thanksgiving. Problems covered Newton's Laws and their various applications. Many problems dealt with treating forces/tensions as a sum of two perpendicular components. This involved the use of trigonometry and vector physics."
"The student continues to impress with his hard work and dedication to get all that he can out of studying and tutoring for the SAT. We started off going over his essay, and I saw improvement. We then went over a math section, where he did very well, with only a few questions on problems that he wanted to clear up. Finally, we did a writing section that turned out to be one of the more difficult practice tests we have seen, as we were introduced to semi-colon use and a couple other advanced sentence constructions."
"The student and I had a wonderful session tonight. He has a language arts project that we worked on during the session. It is a research project dealing with sled dog training and the life of a sled dog. We conducted research and formed an outline. We spent a lot of time talking about the concept of "flow" and making sure that the ideas connected smoothly. We also talked about relevance and making sure to include information that truly explains the assigned topic."
"The student and I worked predominantly on verbal and writing strategies and practice during this session. We began by talking about some good strategies to have when approaching the verbal section. We did this for a while, then we talked about the essay. Finally, we did some verbal and writing practice questions, and then we moved into a math practice test. He took one 25-minute practice section of the math and did quite well. He got 15 correct, 4 wrong, and 1 omitted. Other than that, just small mistakes surrounding how he set up the problem. I'm confident these will work themselves out over time."