Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The session went well. We finished the review packet and started to go over review problems in the book. We will continue to go over more review problems when we meet on Friday. The student is picking up the material quite well."
"The student had an extended response question to complete for his math practice. We spent most of the time working on this question. He was distracted during some of that time and then had to re-focus a number of times. He also started a multiplication puzzle worksheet that I brought along. He completed two rounds of practice sessions. Our next meeting is next Wednesday."
"Spent this first session talking logistics with father and getting to know the two girls. We are set to cover a topic each session for the next two months, with homework being assigned during each session for practice. During this first session, we covered kinematics and one-dimensional motion, with particular emphasis placed on solving problems. A small set of homework problems was given to the girls to help them further master this material. We are set to begin meeting at regularly scheduled times for both physics and statistics starting next week."
"Prepared for Exam 2 in Old Testament. The student is well prepared and seems to knows the material well. He scored ~ 90% on exam 1."
"The student and I had a relatively easy evening. We worked through her Algebra II work, which was over logarithms. She didn't have any work in Chemistry since she's doing a lab, so we also started reviewing for her quiz in Algebra II on Tuesday."
"We started out by doing the student's math homework, which covered graphing basic linear equations (ex. y=3x+6) by making a table. After a bit of explanation from me, she was able to complete the homework successfully. I told her to be sure to do some extra practice with that before her quiz this week. We also continued to summarize the chapter on plants for her science class. She seems to be doing a good job of making connections with the material and is very enthusiastic about it. She has a test this week over the material, and I think her only problem will possibly be information retention because she understands the concepts very well."
"First meeting with the student. We reviewed the strategy for attacking strengthening and weakening questions, the general strategy of identifying the conclusion, premises and underlying weakness in the logic of the argument. He seemed to grasp the strengthening and weakening questions."
"This week I moved the student into working on a vocabulary book he'll be using at school. The lessons repeat in structure though the words change, and I went through the activities with him daily to begin to get him acquainted and comfortable with them. I also began having him read a history/geography book which he seems to thoroughly enjoy. My goal for him from now until school is to keep him relaxed and focused while also challenging him with some of the tougher reading he'll be asked to do."
"Taught study techniques for reading a chapter of a text book. Reviewed the important terms within a biology text book chapter on Population Ecology by reading and writing the definitions and drawing diagrams which correspond with each term. Briefly reviewed Spanish."
"Today we reviewed 30 phonograms orally and he wrote 20 of them. We then went over his sight words. He continues to sound out single syllable words such as "has" and "when", but he is getting better. We then read a new library book (-Uck, As in Muck). He practiced blending different digraphs with the ending -uck. We read this story three times, each time he read it faster. This book also exposed him to new vocabulary words such as potluck, muck, buck, and struck. We incorporated hand gestures for him to learn the new vocabulary words. Lastly, I had him read the book from last week, -Ug, As in Tug. He did such a great job remembering the vocabulary and sight words for this story."
"The student and I worked on algebra of various types. He seems to understand what to do in the case of some of the problems but has trouble reaching the correct answer because of the steps needed to get there (doesn't have too much trouble setting up the problem). He mentioned to me that he had the most trouble on the Math portion of the test, specifically the geometry, so I tried to work problems with him that tested his knowledge of both the geometry and the algebra required to solve the problems."
"The student and I worked on pre-calculus and solving for x, y, and r. We looked at the different trigonometric functions and our known equations for them and practiced manipulating the equations and given information to solve for the unknowns. She had a few hesitations in the beginning, but after a few explanations she built her confidence fast. I'm very proud of her and all of her hard work!"