Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had our first session, which went very well-- I think she and I are going to be an excellent fit. We did a review of all the primary tenses, as well as some vocabulary and composition-- mostly feeling out where her strengths and weaknesses are."
"This was the first meeting between the student and I. We got to know each other a little bit. We reviewed solving linear inequalities. We also worked on graphing inequalities. We also talked about changing signs when dividing or multiplying by a negative."
"The student is taking the ACT in December. He took it back in Sept and got a 22. His highest was math (26) and lowest was reading (17). This large difference indicates that we should spend most of our time on reading and writing. The student expressed that he just doesn't like the reading passages and finds them difficult. We touched on a few strategies on tackling the text. First, he mentioned that he starts from the beginning of the passage and he feels like he spends too much time reading and he feels rushed through the questions. I presented the strategy of looking at the questions first to get a feel for what they are asking for, so the passage won't seem as daunting. I also introduced the concept of active reading to see if he could implement that. "
"Since this was to be the final session before the test, I had the student run through drills of both reading and verbal reasoning. We spent 30 minutes on verbal reasoning strategy, little of which was new, but I think the review was useful. He scored at about 75% on the 2 verbal reasoning sections we did as drill. Reading comprehension is showing significant gains. We practiced, practiced, practiced because I feel good about this section as long as the student applies the techniques we've talked about. Lastly, I assigned homework of one math section on both of our next session days, QR once and math achievement on the other. These should be timed, and then he should work through whatever problems eluded him. He knows to do this."
"During this session we reviewed multiplication and the student was quizzed on this topic as well. Her multiplication skills are growing and with a little more practice they will come easier and easier. We completed more of her practice packet. Here I saw that the student needed a little help with rounding and the concept of area, perimeter, and volume. These are concepts that will be covered over the next few sessions. The student was left with homework after this session that is due the following session."
"The student and I worked on Language Arts today. He had two pages on commas that we went over. He knew how to apply most of his rules, but was unsure about using commas with parenthetical expressions, direct address, and some appositives. Since he has a test on commas this Friday, I will give him a short practice test during our session on Wednesday. He says that he is up to date on reading his novel. I reminded him of his teacher's suggestion that he write a short summary after reading each chapter. He says he has been doing these. If there is time, I will ask him to read these to me during our next session."