Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the entire time reviewing for his Algebra final that he has tomorrow. He had a few review packets that he had turned in and gotten back graded, and we focused mostly on those. He went through and asked me questions he didn't understand. After that, I went though and sort of quizzed him on material I saw he had struggled with in the past. He seems to be able to do most of the material but doesn't show his work in its entirety and therefore misses a negative or doesn't multiply correctly which throws his whole problem off. I had him identify his mistakes so that he can fix his own errors on his final tomorrow. We also discussed test taking strategies as well."
"Introduced Boolean functions. Counted and put into tables the unary Boolean functions and the binary Boolean functions. Explained the intuitive English correspondence between "and" and &, between "or" and "OR", and between "if-then" and "HORSESHOE". Told him to memorize these three Boolean functions."
"The student and I spent the session reorganizing her two papers. One, we finished except for a last grammar check. The other, we organized into paragraphs and started to work on some of the transitions and linking her quotes into the paper. The second paper still requires some work on it (I left the student with some notes to work on) and we will meet next week to finish it up."
"The student brought in some questions on friction and work and energy for this session. After finishing it up we covered the electricity and magnetism section. She seemed to understand the concepts well."
"The student and I continue our preparation for the placement exam, looking at each section of the test in turn. He is most comfortable with the math sections. We reviewed some difficult topics, like creating equations based on word problems, and he has definitely improved his abilities in some areas in which he struggled. We also looked at some history passages from his school textbook and practiced finding the most important information."
"The student and I reviewed the verbs aller and faire. We also covered question words (comment, quoi, que, (avec) qui, quand, etc.). I had him practice spelling crafting sentences to practice spelling and sentence structure, as well as asking questions to work on pronunciation."
"We covered beginning phrases and vocabulary items in French and talked about French culture. We also played a game using newly acquired vocabulary and did verb conjugations in French. The students are eager learners."
"In our latest session, I worked with the student on translating some sentences, which he did well with. Mostly we focused on travel vocabulary for trains and airplanes."
"Today we went through the recipe the student had to write as a homework from last session. She nailed it! We also went though negations and how to answer to question, then we reviewed the "passe compose" (past tense) and did conversation exercises. Finally, we read a text describing a class vacation to Canada. She is getting more fluent and confident when reading. Her understanding is getting better and she got all of the comprehension quiz questions at the end of the text right. Great improvement."
"There was a lot of reading material to cover this week. The student did very well. His pronunciation is still very good. It looks like the teacher is increasing the number of vocabulary words introduced each week. He knows a lot of vocabulary, and today we explained some more words from his "French sounds" sheets."
"The student and I had a fantastic first French session! She is so intelligent, it was exciting to dive into French language and a bit of culture. She learned and practiced natural greetings and how to introduce herself. She did such a wonderful job, that I can't wait to continue our French journey each week."
"Today the student put his writing assignment on the board and we went over it. I then showed him two video clips, one on past tense verbs that use etre, and another of a poem using all verbs in passe compose. Then we reviewed the verb vouloir in three tenses, present, passe compose, and imparfait. The student seems to know the material pretty well. Then we did some drills with the verb vouloir and food items (what do you want to eat, etc.). We practiced questions and answers, and looking for the answer embedded in the question."