Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was working on distinguishing between dependent and independent variables (playing cards were used in the exercise). I helped him to perform the quantitative test for dependence correctly. We also reviewed how to logically figure out whether variables are dependent or not (e.g. the color of card helps predict what suit the card is, but the face of the card does not). He was able to correctly complete the assignment. I recommended that he recalculate some of his tests for dependence on Monday night to make sure he still remembers how to do it for hisupcoming test. "
"I reviewed basic algebra with the student. We covered addition, subtraction and division of fractions. Then this was applied to problems involving complex numbers and radicals. By the end of the tutoring session, the student felt comfortable with basic algebraic problems involving fractions and square-roots."
"Today the student and I continued practicing with his reading comprehension skills. He did an excellent job at using intonation and expressions when reading dialogue. At the end of the session, he told me he had a book report due next week on this book. I also encouraged him to read with someone. I spoke to his grandfather about this also. "
"We reviewed when and how to use direct object pronouns. We also reviewed the conjugation of several irregular preterite verbs, since this material will be featured in the student's upcoming test, and made flashcards for each. We also finished two worksheets that addressed the use of direct object pronouns and the vocabulary recently covered in class in anticipation of a quiz. "
"We reviewed molecular structure by NMR spectroscopy. I explained how to proceed through these problems step-by-step, and I advised that the more practice problems you do, the easier they become, because these types of problems all follow the same pattern. The student had already correctly proceeded through the two homework problems that she sent me, and she wanted me to explain in detail how to solve them as well as verify that she had the correct answer. I wrote out my advice on how to solve these types of problems, by proceeding step by step, and I informed the student that I believed she had done the problems correctly."
"Geometry: Special Right Triangles Homework and Similar Triangle review in advance of quiz on Thursday. The student should do well on this quiz. There was a HUGE improvement in his organization of his notes and handouts and book bag. I will be checking these things every session from now on, and he knows that, so it seems he is back on track."
"The student and I spent the session going through math problems on the test. We have been practicing long division and multiplication with decimals and fractions to improve her math skills. We then did 2 reading passages using all the techniques that I have taught her, such as, underlining and process of elimination. She is getting better at reading but, struggles a little. We finished the session by reviewing her vocabulary words."
"In our first session, we covered an entire chapter of material which included trigonometric ratios (sine, cosine, and tangent) and basic vectors. The student was able to slowly pick up the concepts throughout the session."
"The student and I worked through his test corrections he has to turn in to raise his grade. We specifically spent most of our time on polynomial fractions, manipulation and simplification of them. After working through a bunch of them, he was much more comfortable working through everything."
"Chemistry- the student's teacher gave the class a workbook covering topics students are responsible for on the final exam. We started this workbook, stopping and reinforcing topics on which she showed weakness."
"We went over the science section, including the different types of questions there and some test taking strategies. We did several practice problems as well as some additional math practice problems. Her homework is to read the science sections of her review book, take a math practice test, and take a math diagnostic test."
"The student and I worked through science, language, and math problems today. I've asked that he continue to practice for the test. He may benefit from re-taking the SAT, as this test seems better suited to his academic skills."