Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on homework during this session. He had taken his test in geometry this past Tuesday and found it to be fairly difficult. However, when he got the test back it turned out he had only made a few simple mistakes. The new material that he had for homework in geometry was making sense to him and so was chemistry."
"The student worked on homonyms, synonyms and antonyms. We also worked on probability and algebraic equations. She went over her multiplications facts also. She is getting much more fluent in her reading. She breaks down the words and tries different pronunciations. Her comprehension is excellent."
"Discuss strategies for sentence completion questions. Review sentence completion homework and identify clue and direction words in the sentences. Practiced with the student for her private school admissions interview. Discuss probable questions and prepare talking points for common questions. Discuss ways to exude confidence in an interview. "
"Today the student and I worked on word problems that dealt with reasonableness. She could do most of the problems by herself when she slowed down. I showed her how to check her answers on these problems. We also worked on multiplication factors. I gave her a mixed up multiplication table. She did a great job with the multiplication game today."
"During this session we worked on angular velocity and angular momentum. I helped the student understand some of the equations necessary for these problems, and also explained to her the parallels between angular and linear momentum and velocity. She seemed to understand the concept well."
"In my session with the student we worked on his essay skills, outlining and brainstorming a few prompts together, and working on how to chose which side to pick when analyzing a prompt. We also went through a sample section he did, discussing the questions he got wrong, and did some dual passage reading section work."
"1. Defined words found in readings. The student wrote compete sentence with the defined words. 2. Read and discussed 2 chapters from George Brown Class Clown. Clown. 3. Worked on the computer in his Club Penguin account. He enjoys this a great deal. We accomplished many things today. He is always engaged and a joy to work with."
"The student needs help with algebra. We went over literal equations. I was able to make them more concrete for him. He is great with the actual algebra but has issues when working with variables instead of actual numbers. Next week, we'll do graphing in advance of his test next Thursday."
"The student and I started off by reviewing his "reminders" list, which I had created in a previous session. These are reminders about certain math terms and concepts. We then went through an arithmetic-specific problem set. We specifically worked on order of operations and reading the problems thoroughly."
"During this session, the student and I worked on graphing inequalities and solving systems of linear equations by elimination. At first, the student was unsure how to graph but after we repeated problems about half of the time he was quite comfortable. The biggest thing for him to decide which "half" of the line to shade after it is drawn, as long as he chooses a point on either side he does fine (we tried to stick to the point P(0,0) unless it was directly on the line). Solving linear equations by elimination was a little more challenging for the student. The hardest types of equations are when he has to multiply one or even both equations by a coefficient in order to be able to cancel. I recommend that he review a few of those problems before his quiz tomorrow (I circled lightly with a pencil the two appropriate sections in his textbook)."
"The student did a good job with the various genetics terminology he learned last week. He presented me with a set of flash cards for half of the target vocabulary terms and agreed to finish the remaining words before our next meeting. We reviewed the homework packet that is due Thursday by discussing the first section (fill in the blank)."
"This was our first session, so we discussed a little bit about the student's background and her test prep so far. She is currently taking a review course, and feels like she is becoming more competent in the material. We discussed many studying strategies, and a big picture plan for approaching her test in September. I emphasized doing as many practice problems as possible, and using these to guide her content review. We went through several acid/base problems in her book, as this was the subject discussed in her class today. We worked through several problems, and tried to incorporate equations along with big-picture concepts when answering the questions. Finally, I gave her some alternative strategies to sample when approaching the VR section. She will give these a try and see if they allow her to be more time-efficient when approaching this section of the exam."