Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on a power point assignment for student's on-line class. Student was unfamiliar with power point and we addressed a few basic rules for presentation. In addition we walked through the process of creating citation and a reference list in APA style."
"The student and I finished as much of his final review as we could. The topics we covered included: types of chemical reactions, balancing chemical equations, stoichiometry, gases, and solubility. We finished a good chunk of the review. I asked him to finish the remaining review before Thursday so that we could spend Thursday's session reviewing the difficult topics for the final."
"The student and I went over her homework and we started with a vocabulary quiz. I assigned her 15 additional words and a long reading passage followed with several questions. I printed several pages of crucial study tips to tell her to look over. I also printed a math formula guide for the SAT (all the formulas necessary for the test in one packet). We proceeded by doing math sections, and then reading questions."
"The student completed an essay for homework. She showed strength in organization of the essay. In the future, we will focus on improving sophistication of vocabulary and sentence structure. We also reviewed strategies for the sentence correction section including parallelism and active vs. passive language. Lastly, we practiced manipulating equations in the math section."
"We started by going over the math problems she had struggled with last time- I gave her similar problems to re-work and we worked through them. She did much better on these, and we will continue to focus on her weak points so that she gets a high math score. We then moved on to reading and grammar- the reading section is something we will continue to work on, because it takes a lot of practice to get used to quickly identifying themes, main ideas, and context. She is pretty good with grammar, and we will continue to focus on concepts such as parallel phrasing and subject/predicate agreement. We got a lot done and it was a good session!"
"One on de Caussade and the other on Dorothy Day. The goal here has been for the student to develop his thoughts for the paper and assist him in deeper thought and more critical analysis. Since he seemed somewhat unfamiliar with the material, we had to take some time in establishing a baseline knowledge of the topic. He seemed to pick it up fairly easily and we got into productive discussions."
"Today was more work on properties of logarithms, and solving equations using those properties. The student s struggling with being able to see how to go about solving an equation, such as if he needs to use a property or change a base. I think he really just needs more practice with the material to get more comfortable, because he understands the concepts perfectly fine."
"We went over the grammar we had talked about during our previous meeting, and worked on translating two different passages to see how the grammar all fits together. The student is becoming much more comfortable with both translation and the material he is studying directly for class as we talk about the meaning and order of what he is doing."
"The student and I worked on a Pythagorean Theorem and Trigonometry test review. He takes his test Thursday, so I'm anxious to see how he does. I've noticed that when we first initially start our sessions, the student is hesitant and tends to struggle a little. As we work on things and do more problems, he becomes more confident and shows improvement. To curb this, I think that the student needs to spend more time working on practice problems and work with other peers on Geometry. I'm seeing improvement and I see his potential."
"Reviewed best method to increase overall grade. Student does not have an issue with the homework. This session we reviewed conic sections, primarily Circles and Ellipses. Sam demonstrates very strong understanding and is able to solve all the problems. Per our discussion, I plan on providing other sample problems to provide variety and determine where the gap is. We also gave an intro to hyperbolas to prep him for the next session in class."
"Today we covered the science section of the exam. We focused on strategies for approaching the problems, then the format and style of the questions in that section itself, including working through examples of each."
"We worked on a chemistry worksheet for extra credit to help make up points from the student's most recent test. The worksheet asked questions about naming and writing compounds as well as some general periodic trends. We also reviewed some geometry for her upcoming test. The test will cover how to construct squares, rectangles, etc. based on diagonals as well as finding values of these polygons given certain information."