Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I introduced ourselves and I gauged her strengths/weaknesses for the critical reading and writing sections of the placement test. I went over general testing strategies, went over the general structure of the test, and addressed concerns she had regarding her test date in 3 weeks. Then we started going through testing strategies and breaking down questions in the critical reading section. We did a few guided practice questions, then I asked her to do more practice questions and we went over the answers and I explained the questions she did not understand. I have recommended that she start making flashcards for vocabulary words, which I started a list for her today, and I assigned a critical reading section for homework."
"Worked through properties of limits and how to calculate them. He is very strong regarding his trig which helped us move quickly through some of his problems. He got better and calculating complex limits and using properties to put things together and split them apart to work through said complex limits. He and I worked very well together. He'll be more than ready for any tests that come his way after a session on Thursday."
"We went over the rest of yesterdays practice test, focusing on the types of questions that seemed to be troublesome. For the verbal section, we decided that greater care was needed to make sure her answers came only from information in the given passage. We decided to approach the math section as such. The student would take the full section time for the first 15 or so questions, focusing more on getting those right, and not loosing any points to wrong answers. For the first section we tried this way. Her net number of questions right was at least 2 higher than the last two math sections. For the written section we discussed how to plan the essay in advance of writing it, paying close attention to discerning what the test makers want the essay to be about. We ended on general test taking strategies that suite the students strengths and weaknesses."
"Tonight we spent the entire session on reading and discussing the student's biology text. The chapter that we covered discussed how autotrophs use energy from the sun to produce sugars through photosynthesis. We went over the important experiments performed by scientists that lead to the discovery of the components for photosynthesis as well as the main steps required for the process. The student was able to explain some of the information we covered when I reviewed key concepts, but she didn't always remember the key points from the experiments or who the scientist was. She will likely need to review this again prior to a test or quiz."
"the student and I went over his worksheet over distance and slope. I wrote some additional practice problems for him as well. We also went over the fact that when lines are parallel they have the same slope and when lines are congruent they have the same length."
"We worked on conversational German, corrected sentences afterwards, and learned about sentence structure and new words. I emailed the student notes about word order, including an exercise on German history for our next lesson. He has a very impressive Wortschatz, and his sentence structures are complex and very good."