Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For the second night in a row, the student did outstanding. She again had 3 homework assignments, and went straight to work on all three. She had math journal, a regular math worksheet, and a spelling page (her spelling assignments are now due one at a time, instead of in bulk). Her planner was organized, and we began paper clipping her assignments inside the planner so that they would not be lost. Also, she likes to have her homework checked off in her planner when it's complete, and I will sign my name to verify."
"Went through the student's most recent practice test thoroughly, on which she scored an impressive 36. She is showing great improvement and seems to be gaining confidence. Additionally, we covered several more topics including distillation, EKGs, bacterial plating/colony growth, and gene therapy. The student will be taking a few more practice tests this coming week-end and we will then meet twice more next week prior to her Thursday MCAT."
"The student and I went over some exercises in his prep book related to pronunciation and synonyms/antonyms. He remembered several of the words we learned last week, which bodes well for the overall improvement of his vocabulary. At this rate, he should be able to significantly increase his assessment test scores by January."
"The student and I focused on grammar today, based on what she's learning in class. We went over appositives, identifying the subject and verb, and dialog. I had her write sentences of her own based on models, and then correct sentences accordingly."
"The student and I discussed her essay rewrite and the importance of supporting her assertions with details and examples. Then we worked on a math section and covered a number of Gruber's algebra and geometry strategies. Afterwards, we discussed a writing section she had done for homework. This time was a great improvement over last time. I assigned another math section for homework."
"Life cycles of moss and fern - sporophyte, spore, protonemata, gametophore, gametophyte, gamete, zygote; processes of meiosis, mitosis, fertilization; other terms such as vascular tissue, angiosperms; overview of plan for midterm preparation; discussion of the most recent exam before the Christmas break."
"The student and I focused on essay writing and science interpretation questions. We went over her sample essay from her practice test and the general structure graders are looking for. Then we did a short practice, producing just the outline and introduction for an essay in 7 minutes, and a full essay, in 30 minutes. The student adapted well to the structures of the writing section, though she admitted she found them a little constraining compared to the more creative style she usually uses. We also did several drills with "competing viewpoint" questions on the science sections, and a speedy geometry review, which we plan to continue next week."
"The student and I got to know each other and discussed his problems in his European History Class. We decided on a way forward for him to retain more information on his reading. We will check the progress of this new method when we meet next week."
"We continued to focus on chapter 5. We reviewed problems from a homework worksheet that covered all types of problems from this section (substitution, elimination, and graphing). He did well and the session was again productive. I gave him some elimination problems to do for next week that contained fractions and decimals."
"This was our last session together. The student was working on an allusion paper, for which he had to invent a narrative that paralleled the biblical story of David and Goliath. He had already written a first draft of his paper, so we spent the first hour of this session editing his document. We edited each paragraph, one by one, for grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation. Then we edited the story for detail and description. After this was done, He and I spent the last session devising a quiz for his classmates based on the material from the story, as well as a corresponding video that he is making on the subject."
"We were unable to locate the student's notebook that had his essay in it that we had been working on over his favorite month of the year. I had printed out worksheets on revising and the editing because I noticed in his writing that he needs to work on capitalization and punctuation; we mostly worked on revision, editing and spelling, we also did an activity where we took a simple sentence and livened it up by adding adjectives and adverbs to it to make it a more interesting sentence."
"The student and I worked on the lesson 4 test preparation for her test on Friday. The lesson problems covered triangle congruence, solving for angles using algebra equations, determining parallel or perpendicular lines from equations, and geometric proofs. She felt comfortable with the concepts for the exam. We worked through several algebra practice problems. She's shown improvement, but we'll continue to practice algebra in future sessions."