Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our first tutoring session, so we started off talking about the structure of her biology class this summer. The student said that she mostly wanted help with the problem sets and some concepts. We went through her current problem set, discussing the problems that she had questions on and then working through some later problems together."
"Fourth SAT session, we spent most of the time doing a detailed review of the sections she had done in the interim. This spanned all three sections. She is definitely improving noticeably in math, although still makes small calculation errors from time to time. Her grammar sections have improved as well, while we will have to spend some more significant time on reading during the next few lessons to hopefully see the same kind of improvement."
"Math: Adding two digit numbers to single digit numbers, subtracting two digit numbers by single digit numbers, groups of fives, tens and ones, and adding two digit numbers by multiples of ten Science: Phases of the moon- Read a book and completed an activity) Reading: 5-6 books"
"Today we covered finding the formula for a sequence and finding terms in a sequence. We also reviewed test corrections. Since it is the start of the semester, and both of her Math classes are doing sequences right now, we only worked for an hour, but she should have more to work on for the next session on Monday."
"The student and I worked through a reading test and part of a science test. We used the same process as previously. She scored a 25 on the reading section this time. When we completed a reading test during the first session she scored a 17. She is definitely improving. We only completed half of a science test, but she also is showing improvements there. We will continue to work on skills to answer the questions for a few more sessions, then we'll work on speed to ensure she has enough time to complete the test."
"I worked with the student today. He has two tests coming up, one in English and the other in Social Studies. I emailed his teacher regarding exam dates and she sent me the sixth grade calendar of exams. This should solve quite a few problems we've been having getting him to study for tests because we all will actually know when they are! The student has stopped using his planner, which I've strongly urged against. I encouraged him to take it out of his binder so he could take it with him to every class. We studied his problem solving journal for math, and also worked on the Asia map quiz. He still has a lot of memorization left for this, so we'll continue studying this."
"In this session, the student and I discussed his English paper about the novel, The Scarlet Letter. In the paper, he must discuss the issues of sin, redemption, and human nature found in the book as well as the author's overall intent in writing the story. We worked on developing a clear thesis statement as well as topic sentences for each paragraph. We discussed examples to support his assertions in the text and began drafting the body paragraphs. He will turn in a rough draft to his teacher on Monday, and we will meet again on Monday evening to discuss the teacher's comments as well as how to proceed with the final draft, which is due on Wednesday. Overall, I think he has the ability to think critically about literature, and he simply needs to practice transferring those ideas from his head to the paper. Next appointment: Monday 10/29 at 6 PM."
"I started the first session with the student by having him go through some practice SAT Writing section problems, seeing how he was doing with the various types of questions. We looked at types of grammatical rules such as parallelism and subject/verb agreement. We then went through a full SAT Writing section, looking at where he was having trouble and guiding him through the type of thinking he should be doing when looking at each question. We ended with some tips on how to prepare an essay for the SAT."
"The student and I worked on long division today. I've noticed a few gaps in her math facts, so we're going to begin working on that area in particular. She was a super trooper, pushing through some incredibly long and complicated problems! We focused on proofs and came up with some basic questions to ask for every proof, which I think will greatly assist her on tests and quizzes. She did an excellent job!!"
"We focused mainly on balancing equations, but then also spent some time on multiple choice test-taking strategies, e.g., narrowing down multiple choice to fewer answers if possible, skipping hard questions and coming back to them later, etc."
"For homework last session, I had the student complete a quantitative skills practice test. However, he scored quite low and left eleven questions blank. We went over the problems that he had trouble with and reviewed solving word problems using algebra. We also did a comprehensive test taking skills review. He still believes that he can do all the math problems in his head and tries using shortcuts to reduce the amount of time he spends working on the problem."
"Met with the client to continue going over topics for the teacher certification exam. Covered the final sections of the exam including theoretical concepts such as axioms, theorems and definitions. Covered topics in sets, distributions and calculating probabilities. He is going to work through the 8th grade exam and we will go over any remaining questions he has in our next session."