Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did some more practice problems reviewing for the student's final exam. She is getting the hang of logs and lns, which is great. I sent her a reference link to trig graphs, which she said she would like to work on tomorrow, so if she still has questions then, I'll answer them for her during tomorrow's session."
"Today I was able to work with both Student 1 and Student 2. Student 2 and I did a few problems on each page of his math packet so that I could make sure he understands the types of problems he will see throughout the worksheet. Student 2 was familiar with all of the concepts we saw today, though there were a few problems he had questions about. However, when I explained how to solve them it would either help him remember doing that type of problem before, or he was able to use his previous math skills to help him understand the problem. Student 1 and I continued going over her old tests and quizzes. For most problems she already knew how to solve them. She has improved with showing her work, causing her to make less mistakes. She still needs to work on slowing down when doing longer math problems, but we'll work on this."
"We reviewed for the student's final tomorrow, going over chapters 4 and 7. She was very on top of things, and was very confident about her material. She did all of the problems correctly, and the little mistakes that she made, she recognized right after she made them. She feels very confident about this exam, and I feel that she is very ready. This is our last session for this subject."
"The student's algebra assessment is tomorrow. We went over the short answer problems, which she is more worried about than the multiple choice. She had a few problems that she had circled that she was unsure of, so we did those together. She feels weakest when the problem asks her to create and equation for a situation, so we did some of those problems. We talked about time saving tricks for the multiple choice, and that she should always check her work for little mistakes."
"Today we focused on one reading--an excerpt from "Treasure Island." This worksheet included an explanation of point of view and first vs. third person narration. We read the story together, talked it out, and did a "pop quiz" to check understanding. Then I had the student read it again on his own and we stopped after each paragraph to review any new vocabulary and figure it out using context clues. He is getting noticeably better at this, though he still needs some prompting to use context instead of just guessing. I had him talk through and practice writing to change the story from first person to third person, which he did very well. Then we talked about strategies for writing a strong summary and I had the student write one for the story. Very well done!"
"The student and I covered math word problems, and math application to word problems. She is always excited to learn. I offered positive reinforcement and encouragement."