Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked at the algebra test on factoring and did corrections. We also looked over a worksheet on simplifying radicals. The student completed an English packet on "A Midsummer Night's Dream." We will go over cognitive tutor later."
"We reviewed the science homework. The student did very well on five out of the seven passages, so we reviewed strategies for certain types of questions, such as experimental design questions. We then completed a math lesson, including pre-algebra and algebra, and looked at some of the math section from the diagnostic test."
"We worked problems involving graphs, especially transformations involving shrinking and stretching. We worked on the definitions and examples from book as well as the handout questions. Moreover, we worked on the concepts of circle and its equation. In addition, we did few problems with the factorization and the concepts of inequalities."
"Reviewed additional practice she had done at home, completed sentence completion quiz I had prepared, talked about sentence completion techniques, answered general questions about test-day and how to prepare in the upcoming week before her exam."
"We began this session by playing a game to reinforce fluency and spelling. The student then had the opportunity to work on his writing. Reading comprehension was then completed. "
"For most of the session, we focused on the two verbs that express "to be." I had her learn the conjugations for both verbs and we drilled them to start helping her remember them more intuitively. We also talked about the specific differences between the two verbs and when to use each. I had her translate sentences that I gave her in English, which focused on the distinct uses of each verb and incorporated the expressions that we had been working on ("I have to" and the simple future). We also practiced sentences expressing hunger, thirst, and temperature, which in Spanish do not use the verb "to be" but rather the verb "to have" (e.g. "to have hunger")."
"We spent an hour going through the student's rough draft/outline for his CS Lewis paper due on Monday. With my guidance he formatted a thesis, and we better organized the paper's structure. He told me that he had turned in a copy of this outline to the teacher, and she hadn't given it back yet. I look forward to seeing her notes so I can better guide him to meet the assignment criteria in the future."
"Today the student and I went over her study guide for her exam next week. Her teacher gave her a list of terms, and formulas that would be on the test. For each item on the list we determined what page it was on in the text book and reviewed the topic, and highlighted important information in the textbook so she could review easily on her own. Next we broke the study guide into chapters. We then created a list of things she should do: look over economics each night for 1.5 hours (or more) to avoid cramming the night before, create a graph for the different economic markets, continue to go over terms, and highlight topics that are covered in old quizzes and exams that are mentioned in the study guide. She is an excellent student, who I have truly enjoyed getting to know. When she puts her mind on something, and stays confident, she can achieve anything."
"We went over the student's practice test. Her English section score improved by 6 points! On the first practice test, she scored in the 69th percentile on the English section, and this most recent score has her in the 92nd percentile--awesome! I believe the student is improving in her approaches in the other sections. I asked her to complete the rest of the test, timing herself. I told her that I will send her a practice test so that she can take that before our next session. I will also send her more practice tests so that she can practice more on the sections."
"The student and I discussed her class and the areas that she struggles the most with on tests. I reviewed her syllabus and then we read through a dialog in her book that they covered in class that day. I helped her with pronunciation and translation. Then since she was a little fuzzy on modal auxiliary verbs, I quizzed her on those. She did pretty well with the conjugation. I also quizzed her on other verbs and we worked on her homework. I will compile some practice questions with fill-in-the blank and matching to help her practice those next time."
"The student and I began covering chapter 8 topics, such as rational functions and their properties. We worked on learning the definition of terms such as asymptotes and slants and how to find them from practice problems. The student began working on practice problems from his book in section 8.1."
"Covered metric system conversions and adding and subtracting complex fractions. The student just started school but has been doing well on the first test that he received back (10/10). He knows the material but will sometimes forget to show his work and then misses the problem. We worked on making sure to show work with every problem. He will continue practicing showing work on fraction problems."