Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed her performance on her SAT practice test 1. We focused primarily on math. For most of the questions she knew the proper strategies and concepts to use. We finished the session by reviewing her vocabulary questions."
"We went over a math section and some sentence completions. I assigned her a circle and a triangle chapter in her math book, some reading comprehension, two hard math problems, and a review of the writing section."
"The student needed to prepare for a test over his kinematics unit, so I helped him through his review packet. He had trouble with a question regarding the difference between speed and velocity, but that was only because he had not been given any prior instruction on this topic until that moment. Otherwise, there were very few points of confusion, and he showed continuing improvement in his understanding of the concepts; he should do well on the test."
"The student and I reviewed his work on parallelogram proofs tonight to prepare him for his quiz tomorrow. After discussing his homework and making sure that he was clear on what he got wrong, we did some more problems that he had received in class and in homework. We reviewed theorems that relate to parallelograms and also discussed some more strategy in effectively working through a proof. "
"The student worked on multiple choice math questions as though he was in a real testing environment. I provided coaching and assistance by reminding him of testing techniques we learned, helping him review his answers, and encouraging him to solve problems he was hesitant about. He has improved since the first session and, based on his practice results, he should be able to get the SAT math score he needs to attend a 4 year college. If possible, I would like to get in one more session before his exam, I will talk with the mother about this soon. "
"The student was most concerned about her math score so we spent this session focused solely on the math section. We worked through three math sections from an SAT, focusing most heavily on the easy and medium level concepts. We also briefly examined some of the harder level questions but talked about the diminishing returns in spending a lot of time on these "time-sink" questions. We reviewed many important concepts such as functions, exponent rules, and special right triangles."
"Explained the basics of Stoichiometry and how to predict the results of basic chemical reactions. We worked on memorizing polyatomic anion names and charges, metal cation charges and how to calculate and use molar mass to find moles of a compound, and predicting and classifying chemical reactions were subjects that need further attention."
"We went through his homework on converting point/slope form to standard form. Then we did some more practice and talked about ways to make it easier for him. Then he took a partial practice ISEE. He needs to be mindful of time management, and we'll practice some more problems involving angles."
"Reviewed several Science chapters in preparation for upcoming quiz. Talked about Newton's Three Laws of Motion and the intuitive reasoning behind them. The student phrased them in her own words and gave examples of each. Talked about the vocab words on her quiz prep (action reaction, friction, etc.) Reviewed scientific notation and practiced with some real-world application of Newton's second law. Talked about the bonus question from her teacher about weight in an elevator (very difficult for even a high school student, but she did very well with it!)"
"From now on, the student's sessions will be focused on reading and reading comprehension. Today we worked on his spelling words, identifying the different spelling patterns in words (-air and -are). He also reviewed second and third grade sight words. Then we focused on naming different parts of speech (2nd grade objective) by completing a story. He then read his story aloud to me for fluency."
"Proved trigonometric statements using double-angle and power-reducing identities. Reviewed multiplication of binomials. Practiced factoring complex fractions. Related power-reducing trig identities to Pythagorean Theorem."
"We worked on recognizing familiar words. He did assessments on WPM with words and phrases. The student has improved in his ability to correct misread words. I have no concerns for this session."