Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished most of the student's last test bank question set dealing with thermal expansion, fluid dynamics, and pressure. The student seems to understand the material as it is explained and has some more practice setting up and working through problems. The thing that would help him most at this point is to continue to work through practice problems and to teach them to a classmate. He should do well this year."
"The student and I went over her homework together (covering quadratic equations and similar math problems) and I tried to talk her through difficult problems. She seemed to have a strong grasp of the topic and only had difficulty with a small number of equations. She quickly understood those problems once I broke them down in steps for her. Overall, she had a strong grasp of the subject and the most common reason why she would have the wrong answer for a problem was due to a small mistake that had been made."
"We worked through many problems using a basic dosage formula. We worked on writing out the full formula to ensure accuracy in writing correct ratios, dividing the correct numbers, and including all pertinent information. She's improving in her comprehension of various aspects and seeing the relationships between numbers, and is able to do more of the math in her head."
"Algebra II: Worked on solving equations involving rational expressions. Student obtained a greater understanding of the skills/steps needed in order to recognize this type of equation and to solve them."
"We covered three sections on how to solve various types of derivatives. The student is struggling with the concept of the chain rule, but is doing very well with the product rule and quotient rule. She will need extra practice on this section."
"The student and I talked mostly about critical reading and test-taking skills. We practiced self-reading (mental voice and physical voice): inflection, tone, emphasis, pauses at punctuation, looking for key words, making inferences, looking for foreshadowing, and drawing conclusions. We also practiced taking critical reading tests."
"Today we focused on reading. He worked on questions that dealt heavily with inferring and main idea. He also worked on the revising and editing part. He did exceptionally well, until he was challenged in the area of spelling. For our next session he will get a list of spelling words to assist in this area of weakness."
"The student and I got started today, working our way through all of the practice writing material in the SAT book. He said at the end of the session that he was already feeling a lot better about the material, which is fantastic. We'll work on all the sections in the coming weeks, but focus mainly on reading and writing."
"The student and I studied for his test today. He printed the study guide for the test and we went through each piece. I asked him to write down the answers to questions I asked him and I also made notes on the study guide. One of the items on the SG was to understand a dialog in the chapter. I asked him to read the dialog out loud to me and translate it line by line. He did very well and was able to translate it. He also has the separable verbs memorized from when we quizzed on them last week. He's progressing nicely and I can see him gaining confidence and skills to handle the new things he is learning."
"Today we focused on how to study for large tests without being overwhelmed- focusing on different types of studying for different subjects and different people. We also discussed how last week's quizzes went- everyone got at least a 10% increase on the math quiz that has been an issue."
"Reviewed Reading Comprehension practice test. Discussed vocabulary words. Drafted essay for interview. Assigned HW, including 10-20 mins of additional reading on a book above her level. Reviewed vocabulary."
"Reviewed practice exam problems: fractions, powers, exponents, squared roots and averages. Reviewed algebra and geometry concepts. Reviewed test taking strategies and went over checklist of things to be completed before her exam in March."