Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on her personal narrative memoir. She had a really good idea and first paragraph started, so it was just a matter of fleshing out the story, creating drama, and then editing. I talked with her about some things to think about when editing/writing - like word choice, variation and sentence structure/length. She seems to have a pretty good grasp of grammar already, so now it's just a matter of combining with that style, which we will continue to work on."
"Today, the student and I covered some DNA replication ideas/concepts. We also covered some basic study skills, in terms of learning Biology. We watched some online videos, went through a worksheet packet, and also note-taking strategies. I am having a great time with her, and look forward to our next session. She has been showing great signs of understanding. "
"The student wanted to read, "How Long Can a String Be" to me. After reading, we broke apart words like "turned". I asked her what the word would be if we took out the "turn" or took out the "ed". Then she read a list of words with similiar sounds-ball, call, fall, etc. Then we read another book, "The Little Gorilla". I can really see improvement in her reading. She is reading more fluently and is gaining confidence in her reading. Finally, we practiced spelling words with the dribbling game."
"The student and I talked about her geometry test she had today. She ran out of time and was rushing to put down answers at the end of the class, so I gave her some tips that she should use to speed up her work. I timed her on a set of problems out of her chapter review. She needs to get confidence and stop doubting her work because her initial thoughts are usually right."
"We went over 8.1c of his calculus worksheet and covered mostly integration, derivatives, and how they all relate to one another. The student has a great grasp of the major concepts, but needs some more practice with integration, particularly with integration of trigs and logarithms."
"The student and I went over the meaning of difficult words from "The Island of Dr. Moreau" and discussed how she should keep track of them by writing them down or underlining them. We also translated a passage of Latin."
"The student and I finished reviewing her performance on practice test 1. We continued our discussions of strategies for the sentence completion questions. She was familiar with the strategies, but found it to be a helpful reminder to use them during the test. She needs to work with her vocabulary notebook to ensure that she has the vocabulary she needs to do well on these questions. We also discussed critical reading strategies. Though she was familiar with these as well, she admitted that she has not used them on past tests. We identified her biggest area of weakness: long nonfiction passages. She needs to take the time to read carefully and annotate the test to improve her accuracy with these passages. She will complete a second practice test before we meet again. If she puts these strategies into use, we should see an improvement in her CR score."
"We met for the first time and I believe everything went well. We began by establishing his goals and how he was looking to perform before moving on to the basics of the SAT and what to expect, etc."
"The student and I worked on her Spanish in this lesson. We began to discuss the subjunctive mood -- when to use it and how to conjugate verbs. We also reviewed vocabulary from her Spanish book's previous and current chapters. The student has difficulty remembering vocabulary. I've given her an assignment to write out all of her vocabulary words several times per week."
"Today was the students last session before her MCAT this week! We covered topics related to organic chemistry (E1/E2, imine vs. imide vs. enamine, esterification and anhydride formation). We also worked on some literature/critical reading. The student has scored consistently high on her recent practice test, so I have full confidence that she will knock the exam out of the park! Good luck!"
"Today the student and I prepared for his test Tuesday. We very briefly discussed signal transduction, but since he felt that he had a good grasp of the material, we moved on. We spent the majority of the time analyzing the phases of mitosis and meiosis and the cell cycle in general."
"During this session we went over both chemistry and Algebra trig. In chemistry we went over concepts in solubility and touched on kinetics. For Algebra/trig we looked at reference angles, drawing sec, csc graphs. Overall this session went well."