Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I got to know the student's strengths and weaknesses in regards to geometry. We worked through an end of chapter review that had been assigned to him in class, covering surface area and volume. He knows what he needs to do, but he some times just forgets a step. I believe we will be able to work through this by helping him identify what he needs to do in certain situations."
"We covered Math, reading comprehension and anatomy and physiology for the exam that she is going to take on Monday. She has been studying from a review book, and she had a good grasp on each of the subjects. We reviewed a few very specific questions and I clarified some basic math information."
"Today we reviewed for the student's math test, this exam covers writing linear equations. The student understands and knows the formulas but we need to work on her time management skills."
"We began our session by visiting some Organic Chemistry concepts that the student was having trouble with and decided that tomorrow we would take a more in depth look at these concepts. Then we moved on to General Chemistry. We went through some questions that I had prepared for him that I believed summarized what we had covered in our previous session. I think the student has developed a strong grasp of the fundamental concepts of General Chemistry. We ended with physics covering the topics of Work, Energy, and Momentum. I think we left some of the concepts in this area unresolved and we will work to make sure that he has a firm grasp of these ideas in our session tomorrow."
" We reviewed topics in SAT II bio--reproduction, human immune system, animal behavior and the beginning of ecology. We reviewed some practice problems as well, and I assigned her a practice test to complete."
"The student and I reviewed what he learned in class concerning Cum Clauses and the irregular verb Fero. We then worked through his homework and covered some ambiguities. He did well at incorporating the new grammar into the lesson since it was fresh."
"After we got started the student translated well. The translation today seemed much harder than yesterday and had a lot of unknown vocabulary, so it went a bit slower. We went back and picked out examples of "ne" clauses and gerundives from the text and I will bring in some with me to go over tomorrow."
"This session we translated an extended passage from the student's book. The student seemed to have studied quite a bit over his break, as he was much more familiar with verb forms and case endings! The student was inquisitive about grammatical constructions as usual. We discussed and practiced translation strategies as we went through the passage. I asked the student to finish translating the passage for our next session. No recent scores. No concerns."
"Today, the student and I spent some time reviewing the overall grammatical concepts for her upcoming test. We focused primarily on different types of subordinate clauses; she definitely seemed to understand these better than the last time we met, though needed some work on recalling details and "structural vocabulary." We also went through a translation she needed to complete for Monday; again, I thought this went better than her previous translation, and she did a great job parsing some tricky subordinate clauses. For our lesson tomorrow, I asked her to send me a scan of her last quiz, as well as see if she can obtain a study guide from her teacher. I think that she does well with broad concepts, and primarily has trouble with details on her tests, so having more information about the teacher's specific expectations will be most helpful."
"In our first session, the student and I completed a translation assignment. Working through a Latin passage with him helped me identify problem areas that we can work on in our sessions together. He identified grammar as a weak area for him, so we will focus on building a foundation in grammar as this will help him tremendously in Latin. As we worked through the translation assignment, I asked him to identify the subject(s) and verb(s). I also asked him to identify the case, number, and gender of nouns and the person, number, and tense of verbs. We reviewed first and second declension nouns and the six noun cases. After completing the translation assignment, I gave a brief lesson on Latin noun cases, explaining what each case shows and the English prepositions used to translate. To practice working with cases, I asked him to copy the declension chart for the first declension Latin noun, porta. Then I asked him how to properly translate each noun form. He did well on this exercise. I enjoyed meeting him and looking forward to helping him in Latin!"
"This session we mostly worked on Latin, as the student was going to be tested on a translation passage from his homework. We reviewed the passage again, and I rewrote the sentences for him to review individually, since his original copy had the translation written in above the Latin. We worked through the whole passage, which I hope will help, combined with more reviewing of the passage on his own."
"Worked on two Latin assignments, focusing on the future tense and recognizing the conjugation of verbs from all tenses."