Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did a great job today. We did her math homework for the week. One page was measuring in centimeters which she did easily. The other page was adding 3 numbers and using greater than, less than, and equal to. This page was a little harder for her but she still was able to accomplish it successfully. Finally, we worked on adding money. She has a little difficulty going from dimes to nickels. However, I believe she just needs more practice and then she will master this skill. It was a great session!"
"Spent first quarter hour discussing goals for SAT performance, general college-oriented test-taking and timeline. Reviewed components of SAT, outlined strategies for each section, listed tips for improving during the week, outside of tutoring sessions. Established plan for practice tests as single most effective method of scoring well on test, emphasized value of vocabulary practice. Then delved directly into reading comprehension (Verbal) section of test by identifying different kinds of questions and reading passages, outlining strategies for each kind. Strategies to be reinforced with practice test reviews."
"The student did a fantastic job with rationalizing radical expressions and he did not have homework, but we worked through the past 2 lessons he has covered and answered questions and did extra problems. We also looked ahead to see what the next section will be entailing. He is working with sequence and series and understanding rules and summations. So far, he seems to be figuring it out and it seems as though any questions on rules or understanding notation got ironed out tonight. This should be a strong chapter for him."
"We worked on reading math problems (homework assigned by the teacher) and practiced going back to check the work. We read 2 passages together from a reading comprehension book. We worked on stopping during a reading passage if he does not know a word or does not know what it means. Lastly, we practiced writing his spelling words 3 times each in script."
"Today we covered history and health and worked on study skills with both girls. One worked on note-taking and got ahead in history. The other student started studying for her health test a week early. I learned that the first student is a kinetic learner, so I'm going to start working on study skills that help her in that area."
"The student and I reviewed everything he has learned thus far in French: greetings, my name is, colors, numbers, J'ai une pomme rouge, J'ai une banane jaune, the three nouns I introduced last week (la maison, la voiture, & l'ecole). He easily recalled most of the material. The color green (vert) has been challenging for him but he seems to be retaining it more effectively. Then I introduced weather: it is sunny and it is raining. We also reviewed writing his name. He has improved with recalling the C in the middle and even wrote his entire name for the first time without my assistance. We reviewed writing letters A - G and identifying letters (out of order) A - O. The student has been working hard each session and it is evident that French vocabulary as well as English letters are being stored effectively in his brain."
"Today was my first session with the student. We practiced many problems for the math SAT II. She is relatively confident with simple algebra problems. Substituting available answers is a technique that seems to work well for her. Throughout the course of our session, she showed remarkable improvement in certain types of problems after I had explained another way of looking at them. She is going to continue to practice (and review probability) before our next session and the SAT II in October."
"Instructor and student discussed 20 multiple choice take-home test questions and accompanying explanations required by professor of ethics course (ideas about justice, virtue, the good life, etc. from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Plato's Republic). Student demonstrated a good grasp of Aristotelian concepts and vocabulary, and answered questions."
"We went over some three dimensional geometry problems as well as some algebra problems with linear and non-linear equations. We started, for the first time, working on some permutation/combination problems. He was advised to solve at least two math sections prior to our next session."
"We talked about the general format of the GMAT and specifically the quantitative section. The student said that he hopes to improve his score from 600 to 700 when he takes the test in late March. We covered strategies for both problem solving and data sufficiency problems, including process of elimination. We then worked through medium difficulty problems of all types together to evaluate the areas in which the student needs to improve. He picked up the arithmetic and probability problems quickly, but needs to improve his algebra and word problem skills. He was given 40 quantitative problems from his GMAT prep book to do for homework."
"We began by discussing alkene addition. We compared alkene addition to the reactions previous studied and began to devise synthesis techniques using previous knowledge and the information in the chapter. We worked through the problems in the back of the chapter and I suggested she read the chapter. She has a very good understanding of the basics. I suggested she stop and look at the end problem and work backwards from there to develop the correct answer."
"First I helped the student with her math homework, which involved placement with fractions and decimals. She did pretty well with it after we reviewed the lesson from her workbook. Then we went over her flashcards - multiplication, subtraction, and spelling. She did a great job with those, and I'm having her continue to review those. Next we reviewed her handwriting assignment I'd given her. She made several errors so we spent some time reviewing correct letter formation. I gave her a writing assignment involving poetry for our next session."