Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In lieu of any active assignments, the student and I spent today's session going over his newest class notes to reinforce his ability to solve differential equations. He struggles a little to recognize patterns in solutions between different problems, leading him to try to create new ways of solving every problem. In short, he's making extra work for himself instead of trusting the skills he already knows. We tried to start breaking that bad habit today, but it will take some more work."
"The student and I went over the four sections of the exam today to try and assess her skill level. She's really quite smart, and I don't think this test will be difficult for her. It'd be best if she could do extra vocabulary practice in addition to her schoolwork, but that's dependent on how much extra time she has. I've asked her to take a full practice to see how her timing is, and from there we'll see what she needs to focus on the most."
"Today I looked with the student at her homework, which was a series of 8 or 9 problems that all built on each other. The homework problems entailed split stem-leaf plots, frequency tables, histograms, mean, median, mode, etc."
"Student 1: vocabulary and reading comprehension practice. Student 2: vocabulary and reading comprehension practice. Have suggested vocabulary workbooks."
"Practice writing of name with various mediums ( crayons, pencil, marker). Color recognition. Letter identification. Started first five letters of last name. He was able to recall the letters with some help. Did a good job focusing and using proper writing posture."
"The student and I first talked about how her Spanish instruction is conducted at school so I could have a sense of how much she's learned, and under what circumstances she has been using the language. We then worked on her science homework--a worksheet that she needed to complete in full sentences. I also had her write out a paragraph describing parts of a plant and their function, which is what she's currently working on in her science class in Spanish. We ended with some verb conjugation practice, which she seemed to find very helpful."
"The student and I reviewed for his test that he has on Friday. He had already done his homework, but we went over it and then worked on problems for the chapter that he hadn't been assigned. He has a good handle on the formulas for the chapter. I told him that when he comes up with an answer to think about whether it makes sense just from a common sense perspective. Also, I reminded him to plug his answer back into the original formula to see if it works."
"The student and I went over proofs and how to right them for geometry Pre-AP. We then worked on transversals through parallel lines and how to calculate various angles from the transversals. She seemed to grasp everything after just a small amount of teaching."
"Tonight the student and I worked on determining fact vs. opinion. We completed a worksheet where we read a story and determined fact vs. opinion. We then read a story about Marie Curie and completed a timeline."
"We went through a math and writing multiple choice section of a practice test. The student did well with the writing section, but struggled with the math. I assigned her to complete two more sections of the test for the next session. I asked her to bring a laptop to the next session so that we can use the practice math questions to target specific skills."
"The student and I worked through several practice questions from an exam in chemistry. She knew most of the answers including questions on equilibrium, solutions, empirical formulae, physical reactions, physical properties, and atomic structure."
"In this session we reviewed cardiovascular physiology. The student had already begun to study the cardiac valves, cardiac cycle, and His-Purkinje system. She asked many questions on this particular system."