Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on square roots, distributive property, and simplifying expressions today. She told me that she didn't have math homework yet, but I'll be happy to work with her on that when she starts receiving it."
"The student completed a quiz covering additional chapters of 'Breaking Through'. We also reviewed the homework and read more of the book. She will complete some critical thinking questions and also study for a vocabulary quiz for the next lesson."
"We covered the student's latest topic in Calculus- using disks, washers or shells. We covered the fundamental idea behind using disks, washers or shells to find volume and then worked some practice problems from the textbook. We then completed a worksheet from the current topic in physics. We covered Newton's second law and determined accelerations from the sum of forces."
"We started this session by taking a look at an English section. We took a look at what the essay portion of the test would look like and the student asked several very good questions. We also took a look at the rest of the reading section in practice test one. She is good at narrowing down answer choices to the best two, and upon discussion she understood why she missed the questions she missed. Reading the questions and answer choices more carefully should improve her performance on this portion."
"Today we really focused on the essay. We discussed what makes a strong thesis, and how to structure the introduction. We also covered the importance of giving strong, specific examples and not using generalities. The student is already testing better on the verbal section of the SAT."
"We reviewed vocabulary relating to food, restaurants, and affirmative/negative words (alguien, algo, ninguno, nunca, etc.). We discussed sentence construction with affirmative/negative words, putting vocabulary into sentences, and translating sentences from English to Spanish."
"Today was all about review. We started with reading comprehension. The student was doing a good job identifying main ideas, so I introduced a couple new techniques to expedite his reading process. We then looked at verbal sentence completion. I was pleased to see he retained most of the strategy here. Pacing still seemed like an issue, though, so we talked about when it makes sense to speed up and slow down."
"During this session, the student and I practiced a lot of gender agreement with the direct and indirect articles, as well as the neutral article, lo. We also worked on vocabulary. She did very well on her chapter test, and has begun checking her own answers at home to help herself. I feel that she struggles with producing words, but that is the main hurdle of most any new speaker and we continue to converse in Spanish during each session. Her homework is to translate sentences using the direct or indirect articles. I have no concerns from this session."
"So, the student found out today the possible topics for his essay test on Friday. His teacher gave him 3 topics that he could choose from for his essay. He chose the topic of what his childhood was like. For homework tonight, he had to choose the topic and write an outline of what he was going to say. The teacher gave him some questions that he might possibly want to answer in the essay. Since the topic he chose dealt with the past, we reviewed how to conjugate the preterit and imperfect tense. Next, we finished up going through last years textbook and went over grammar points and vocabulary that was covered then. He made flash cards for the words he didn't know. Lastly, he practiced using the conditional tense by creating sentences."
"On our last session the student practiced on a short story and she identified the verbs. She knows the verbs in the present and past. Today I introduced a new verb tense, perfecto de indicativo. As a practice for next time that we meet she will underline all the verbs tenses that she knows so far and will write sentences with those verbs from a short story that I gave her. She practiced on ser and estar and did well on it. She also practiced on her text book with the present perfect verbs. Next time that we meet she will work on direct/indirect object pronoun."
"We covered irregular verbs in present and preterit tense, days of the week, and seasons. The student has a very strong grasp of her Spanish I material, so next week we will delve heavily into Spanish 2 topics for two two-hour sessions. I asked her to learn the conjugations of three verbs she was unfamiliar with, and to memorize dates and seasons."
"The student and I worked on vocabulary for family members, we reviewed er and ir verbs and conjugating them into the present. We reviewed tener phrases and went through adjectives. All this is review of material learned over past two years leading up to the material to learn this year."