Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent a lot of time on reading comprehension and explored some mistakes the student made on his homework from last week. We realized a lot of his errors stem from rushing through the questions and not reading carefully enough. He is assigned an ACT Writing prompt essay for next week."
"The student and met today for the first time since her last test. She told me that she did well on it which is great! She has now moved more into meiosis, mitosis, and DNA organization. These concepts can be a bit complicated at first but there are many useful videos online which show how these processes work. We spent our session today discussing the important vocabulary that will be helpful for understanding both meiosis and mitosis. We reviewed homologous chromosomes, sister chromatids and how our genetic information is stored before and during cell division (we found a picture of a karyotype online which was helpful). She seems to have a good grasp of this information but I will continue to emphasize these definitions as we move forward."
"Review/explanation of Math and English sections of ACT. Gave student Raw Score to Scaled Score Conversion Charts for SAT and ACT, as well as some information about ACT/SAT scores for colleges of interest."
"The student has started studying for her exam via a book purchased by her mom. Today we worked through a few pages focusing on percentages and then moved on to ratios. We focused on the strategy of not letting the little details of math story problems confuse her and focus on the big picture by literally drawing a picture and concentrating on the question asked. Great session!"
"We talked about the student's letter of application for academic jobs, her CV, and generally how she might want to position herself for the job academic market. For her letter of application, we talked about how she might change some of her phrasing to be more active and more direct from some of the more passively phrased sentences that do not highlight her professional strengths enough. We also talked about reorganizing her CV and expanding some of the sections to include more detail in bulleted format. Finally, we discussed how to make her application materials stand out from the stacks and stacks of others the hiring committee will be reviewing."
"Student A and I practiced a little bit of conversation by answering questions about his vacation. We practiced reading comprehension by reading a short story and going over its meaning. Student B and I practiced a lot of conversation. He was very talkative and showed a great effort talking in Spanish by using his vocabulary and conjugation of verbs when telling me how his vacation went in Italy. Both students - as an assignment, they need to start watching the previously assigned sitcom from the last episode they left off."
"I spent the first half of the session giving the student an exam with everything we have covered so far. She did very well with a few wrong answers. The area that she struggled with the most was the noun genders. I asked her to review her notes on the topic. After that we reviewed the present tense conjugations. She breezed through the exercises flawlessly. I told her that I would prepare a lesson covering another tense and kitchen vocabulary for the next session."
"Student 1: Go over homework assignment "En la escuela de medicina". Study vocabulary terms and verbs in the imperfect tense. Student 2: Go over homework assignments: Workbook exercises pg. 29, vocabulary terms and conjugate -er and -ir ending verbs in the present tense. She wrote 10 sentences using "La familia" vocabulary, adjectives to describe the family, possessive adjectives, and -er/-ir ending verbs in the present tense. She is showing great improvement. She is now able to produce complete sentences using the material learned."
"We covered conjugations of present, preterit, imperfect tenses with an emphasis on the imperfect conjugations (regular and irregular) and uses. I left her with 2 practices: to go on a website and play conjugation games and listen to some Spanish music (integrates the imperfect). I gave her writing tips after she wrote a post card to her friend that integrated vocabulary and grammar from our unit. She needs to edit for verb conjugations, that they match the subject. She has a 97% overall in Spanish!"
"Today we covered personal pronouns, conjugating some basic verbs such as 'to be'; also practiced the words what, where, how, and some plurals. Practiced building sentences with words we learned. The student has good energy and she's eager to learn."
"We went over the differences between the imperfect and the preterite. We used a mariachi song, a cultural mnemonic device (Menudo), acronyms, and reviewed time expressions. The student was very proactive and enthusiastic. I told him as homework, he needs to study everything we saw today so I can assess him next week when we meet again."
"The students continued practicing the conjugation of verbs in simple present tense. They were introduced to stem- changing verbs in present tense. The practiced the conjugation of stem-changing verbs and reviewed reflexive verbs."