Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We had a good session practicing timed reading, English, math, and reading. I assigned PT3 from the ACT red book for the student to complete before our next session, which will be next Monday evening."
"Today the student brought into the room a short newspaper article and began reading it out loud. It was a good challenging reading exercise for her and she made great effort to sound out words like "democrat, candidacy, etc." Then we read, "I Was Born To Read," for the 2nd time. This book has several "-tion" words like "concentration, nation, motivation" so I coached her some on the ending sounding out of tion as 'shun.' Goal is to continually expose her to difficult words to foster her willingness to sound out as well as her confidence when doing so. We finished the session with 3 addition worksheets. I timed the student so as to encourage her to be focused and work quickly. She answered every problem correctly though I plan to continue to steer her away from using her fingers and instead, re-enforce her memorization of simpler addition problems. The student worked hard today and showed willingness to sound out difficult words."
"Probability & Stat: Probability, conditional and binomial formulas. Looked at 3 chapter 5 quizzes, identified the variables, and figured out how they fit into the formulas. The important point is to figure out what is being asked and what is given."
"I met the student and his mother. I assessed the student's reading skills by having him read aloud a homework reading passage. I also assessed his phonogram skills by using my phonogram cards. His mom gave me the week's spelling words and we worked on them. I also brought a first grade level reading book and I helped him read two stories. I read, then he read, and finally he read alone. I left the book with them and suggested he practice reading the two stories over the week."
"First, the student and I reviewed her vocabulary words. She did very well on them. We then did an overview of math topics. I had her do problems from each of the basic math topics (like percents, fractions, ratios, and some geometry). We then made a plan to review geometry in detail since it'd been a while since she had done it. We also assessed her algebra skills and made a plan to work on algebraic concepts in detail as well. We finished by working on arithmetic problems. I taught her a strategy for answering multiple choice."
"Today, the student and I worked on getting a head start on preparations for upcoming quizzes and tests. To begin with, we looked through his booklet in order to identify when he has assignments and assessments. Subsequently, we scheduled study activities on a calendar so that he would 1) be adequately prepared for his exams and yet 2) not overwhelmed with studying when he had a lot of homework. After the planning, we proceeded to dive into the new material. I walked him through a variety of different kinds of problems that he will face in the coming chapter, and taught him concepts along the way. We covered genetic linkage and linkage maps, blood type and paternity, pedigrees, and heritable diseases."
"We reviewed information that the student missed in class this week regarding polynomials. We did numerous homework concepts. She had a good grasp of the concept. We also continued to return to conic sections. There were huge strides in recognizing and graphing conic sections. She is redoing a project on conic sections. She drew 12 different conic sections in a matter of 30 minutes. That is really good. We did not work on Chemistry because they had not covered anything new."
"Worked through GRE sentence equivalences (two answers for each question, of six answer choices) in review book. Also began reading-comprehension drills, including techniques for "fetch"-type questions. Making great progress with vocabulary, especially looking for origin/root clues."
"We practiced math and reading comp, as well as essay planning/writing. If she can keep focused, the student's score will certainly be 500 (a conservative estimate) or more points better than her first attempt at the test!"
"The student examined the Critical Reading passage and Writing section questions, and we reviewed his section work. We also discussed essay structure and topic at length, and made use of internet resources to develop a fact file for possible essay topics."
"In this class, we did listening comprehension and reading comprehension. The student and I went over the practice and thought that a little more practice would help him check if he can use the knowledge in real context. I am glad to know that he got most of the practice correct. The homework is to continue memorizing the grammar and vocabulary, we will do more practice next time."
"The student has a test on Friday so we spent the session reviewing his textbook. We worked through the comprehensive chapter reviews for chapter 1 and 2. He had little difficulty with chapter 1, but for chapter 2 he wanted more clarification on it. I left him with some material to review, regarding angles and their proofs."