Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered her 6.3 homework and a few from 6.1/6.2. She feels much more confident these days with math and has a 94%! In terms of the few errors she's making these days, it's usually algebra and not calculus, which is a huge sign of growth for her."
"We started work on her probability project. We worked through some of the problems where she really utilized and understood the concepts we've been working on lately."
"The student's reading ability has greatly improved. He was able to read two phonics books for me without much difficulty. He is very willing to keep working and play alphabet games with me."
"For about half the session we covered games (analytical reasoning) from square one. The student watched me walk through a couple of games explaining how to approach and diagram them, and then we worked through some games together. We spent most of our time on ordering and sorting games, but the methodologies we covered apply to all games. We covered short questions (logical reasoning) as well. We spent a considerable amount of time on inference and strengthen/weaken questions. We completely covered conditional statements and the meaning, and how to map sufficient and necessary conditions, inverse, converse, and contrapositive symbolic manipulations of sentences. Finally, we did one section of a reading comprehension problem set from an old SAT, and covered how to diagram such passages as well as strategy for answering basic conclusion and point/counterpoint questions on them."
"Today, the student and I did two more practice math sections for her SSAT on March 2nd. I think she was very excited with her progress on Tuesday but today she did even better. She's learned when to omit questions and I think it has helped her score dramatically. I left her with two practice tests for Fri-Sat."
"This is the first time that I met with the student so we spent a little bit of time talking about what his goals are and what he would like to accomplish with my help. After that, we discussed his current projects, which he felt he had a good grasp on, and then we started to work ahead on reviewing concepts that his teacher will present in the next week. We discussed sponges, cnidarians, worms and mollusks."
"The student and I spent half of the session going over his vocabulary and practicing math and the other half working on adding and subtracting integers for his math class. The student was given a chance to retake the test so we went over the sort of problems that were on the test. He seemed to understand the methods and I feel certain that he will do better on his re-test."
"The session began with the student and I working on reading comprehension skills. We specifically focused on sequencing and identifying the main idea of a passage. The student was able to accurately answer sequencing questions with little to no assistance. We then moved on to practicing math for the upcoming state exam. The student was able to easily complete all multiplication exercises, however she needed help with long division. I reviewed the steps with her and allowed her to practice. Once she completed the last example she appeared to be comfortable with the steps. I left extra reading comprehension skill practice worksheets."
"The student was so awesome today! He had his assignment ready and completed and had even made a checklist out of the reminders I left him yesterday. His re-write of his assignment was so much clearer and he was so ready to complete his reading practice. I assigned him four reading passages today. He did so well. In coming sessions, we are going to focus more on understanding implicit meaning as he struggles with it. I am so pleased with his progress."
"Student 1 and I continued on through his book. We're still working on vocab and questions, though he's getting better at spotting question marks by himself. He has a summary due in 8 days and still has a lot of chapters to read so we set up a plan for him to read every day at home plus what he reads in school. Student 2 and I worked more on his Math questions. After a few sessions, it seems that having the multiplication tables and simple sums not memorized is slowing down his algebra learning, which makes it a lot harder for him to follow. His mom is going to have him work on flash cards and online games for times tables and I think this will help a lot."
"Continued progressing into more difficult passages in preparation for the test. Student is ready for exam and only area she needs to improve in is in vocabulary. As student does more independent reading on her own, she will be fine at any grade level of the test."
"We devoted time to review a homework assignment she had received in reading. I had her read the story aloud, and we circled words that she couldn't read. I taught her to sound the parts of the word out and then reread the sentence from the beginning. I think having her make margin notes as she goes along in reading might help her, so we are adopting that strategy going forward as well."