Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student had a lot of homework and he asked me to stay with him until he finished it all. While I didn't actually have to teach or explain much today, I provided him with the structure and oversight that he needed to keep focused and be efficient. He told me that what he accomplished in 2.25 hours with me would have taken him at least 3.5 hours. This was especially important to him since he told me that he regularly wakes up at 4am to finish his homework when he can't get it all done at night. However, I would like to get him to the point of being able to organize and complete his homework without me. I did help him understand his math homework and notice when he was making errors. He needs to work on reading the instructions first, slowing down when he thinks, and writing down each step. "
"The student worked on homonyms. He also worked on algebraic equations and coordinate operations. He did well on everything. We also worked on some spelling activities. He worked on multiplication facts. He knows his facts very well. The student always works hard. He always impresses me with his ability to see all the possibilities in a problem."
"In today's session, the student and I worked on his homework that covered percent yield. We also reviewed stoichiometry, balancing equations, writing chemical reactions, and correctly writing the chemical formulas for monoatomic and polyatomic ions. Progress was great; He seemed to understand most of the topics that were covered. In the next session, we will work on reviewing for his test on Friday."
"The student wrote all the words from the Third Grade list on the dry erase board. Few mistakes were made in the words "hot", "keep", "shall", "laugh", "carry", "eight", and "better". The words in which the spelling mistakes were made, he wrote 3 times each. We played a game: one person drew an object on the dry erase board and the other had to write down their guess to what the object was. We finished the lesson by the student reading the an "ABC" book."
"During this session we split the time between pre-calculus and physics. In pre-calculus, we reviewed solving equations using completing the square, isolating the radical, and basic arithmetic. In physics, we reviewed kinematics problems for the student's upcoming make-up quiz. Having completed projectile motion material, he has a good grasp on kinematics."
"The student is now in 6th grade and he is working on fractions, decimals, gcf, lcm, etc. We worked on finding the things he needs help in and also things he is already excelling at. I am working on getting contacts to his teacher so I can obtain more information on how he has done on tests (more specifically)."
"During this session, we continued to review the test that the student took the previous Sunday. We also did timed verbal passages and reviewed vocabulary to break up the session. Because we only have two sessions left, I am focusing on ensuring that she has fully grasped the strategies that we have worked on and feels comfortable with the material on the exam."
"Today, the student and I reviewed some basic Spanish verb conjugations, and practiced speaking in Spanish for about half an hour. We also reviewed some of her past curriculum, talked about various activities and study strategies she has practiced in the past, and possible activities and themes to focus on for the future. She has a true desire to learn and is self motivated, which is awesome! By the end of only half an hour speaking in Spanish, she was already putting to use some of the verb conjugations and new phrases we had talked about earlier in the session."
"The student and I reviewed his essay again, and I think that he is starting to put all the pieces together. He improved greatly on "showing" rather than "telling" readers information, through better descriptive language, and improved linking sentences. We then covered another difficult math section, but he did quite well, with only a few questions here and there. Math is a strong point and geometric questions don't phase him in the least. Finally, we covered some vocabulary and made progress."
"The student and I finished up the math section she'd been working on (we did 7 math problems together). I taught her how to calculate averages again, and how to translate word problems into equations. I then went over the interview process with her. I asked her four common interview questions and fine-tuned her answers. I also had her practice three writing prompts, which she will encounter at the organization when she interviews there."
"Her work ethic is consistently impressive. She is beginning to display signs of demonstrable improvement in mathematics and science. I assigned her 30 math problems, 30 English questions, an essay outline, and 3 science passages. I look forward to continuing next session."
"This was my last meeting with the student, as his statistics course ends on Sunday. We went over the last couple of chapters and then did a review for his final exam. The final exam consists of several questions from the entire length of the course, so we went through what each chapter was concerned with and made sure that he was up to speed. We also worked through his final homework, which was primarily concerned with an overview of the class. There was also work on run charts and process data that we covered thoroughly."