Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began her chemistry review by discussing electron configuration, orbitals, subshells, ions, stable octets, valence electrons (and how to figure out how many valence electrons an element has) writing electron configurations and atomic trends. We made a good start on the material and will continue tomorrow."
"The student and I worked on graphing trig functions (sine and cosine) and how to shift and stretch them vertically and horizontally. We also worked on a few word problems involving these functions. The student is grasping these functions very well."
"A key for this student to improve her reading comprehension skills is vocabulary development. She meticulously compiled a list of words that she did not understand during her independent reading and the corresponding page numbers. I modeled for her how to use the surrounding text as clues to the unfamiliar words' meanings. She spent the session practicing this skill, and willingly/unashamedly expressed when text did not make sense to her. This recognition is a very good first step. When using the context as a strategy was unsuccessful, she was able to look up the words in a dictionary, but she needs a more appropriate intermediate dictionary. I also called the parent after the session to explain how the student should choose a "just right book", as she seems to be choosing books that are a bit too challenging. The student was eagerly engaged during the session and commented that time passed very quickly."
"In our last session before the student's ACT, we went through his two practice essays and discussed how to improve them. We talked about tips and techniques for the essay, and the most important things to focus on (content over length, taking a clear side, etc.). Then we reviewed the most important grammar rules and went through an English section. We also talked about what he should do in his last few nights before the exam."
"At this time I am working on fine tuning the student's test taking skills. He really does well taking the tests so I worked with him on writing and proofing his own essays. He seemed to have some difficulty the first time, but after that, he seemed to grasp how to fix his errors and add in things to help his essay at the end."
"We read "The Possibility of Evil" by Shirley Jackson and began to read "A Jury of Her Peers." The student understood the first story fairly, but we did not get to finish the second story. "
"We reviewed almost everything except for a few concepts that the student has been nailing 100% for the last few days. I can tell improvement just from yesterday and it's to the point where some of the middle steps of photosynthesis and respiration are all she messes up on (other blunders she immediately recognizes and corrects). If I slow her down and force her to identify the beginning and ends of steps in photosynthesis and respiration, she knows where to go next, which is very promising and so far from where she was 4 days ago! She is going to re-read those 2 concepts in her notes tonight and in the morning before her exam. We talked about going slowly on the exam."
"We went over chapter 7 and 8 and composition questions. Again, the student understands all the grammar concepts but needs to study the conjugations in order to do good in his test. He also needs to study the vocabulary."
"The student and I worked on her final exam review packet. We spent time reviewing preterite vs imperfect as well as commands because these were in her packet. After going over this, I had her complete the exercises alone 1 by 1 to make sure she understood it. I told her to complete the paragraph portion of the exam review as well as vocabulary studying before I see her next time."
"-Reviewed preterite, imperfect; talked about direct and indirect objects, as well as practice techniques. -I gave him specific lists of things to memorize, a minimum of 3 hours of study, and a website where he can quiz himself."
"Today, the student and I made revisions to a quiz. We also filled out a vocabulary packet that would help with the final. Lastly, we reviewed for her final exam. The student has brought her grade up to a B after turning in all of her missing work. The student was going to continue to study a little more for the exam."
"We practiced conjugating and learning the meaning of ten common present tense (mostly irregular) verbs. We made sentences with these verbs, and practiced conjugating them in conversation by asking and answering questions using different subjects. She is becoming more comfortable with the meanings of the words and is great at answering questions directed at her (using the "yo" after "tu" questions). We also practiced "ser" and "estar" using a worksheet from her class and her textbook, and reviewed her new vocabulary."