Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I worked on math. This was a longer session than normal because she was assigned a great amount of problems to complete. At first, she had some difficulty with perimeter versus area but I think continuous practice will help her further in understanding the difference. She needs to make sure to take the time to remember what she needs to calculate for each one."
"Covered Scientific Notation, significant figures, and unit conversions with the student. Also discussed and worked on a problem involving distance, rate, and time. Finally, went over the concept of displacement and covered a few homework problems pertaining to the idea."
"We reviewed the Quantitative questions #1-11 of the elementary level ISEE test and the verbal portion #1-25. The synonym words in this section were almost all of the same words as the middle level verbal of the SSAT that we completed last week. We also reviewed analogies #31-45 of practice test 1 of the SSAT test. He is a very quick learner, especially in math. There were a few fraction problems where he had to either find equivalents or order three irregular numbers from least to greatest. We did a few practice problems as to how find common denominators in order to find equivalents and he picked up on the concept immediately. He also learned how to multiply and divide fractions."
"The student and I started out working on his math homework. We practiced using both permutations and combinations, first understanding when to use one or the other. We also worked on his physics homework and some conceptual problems in the new chapter he started. We talked about electromagnetism, induction and conductivity."
"We talked about what the student found challenging when she took the SAT in November. Based on this, we mainly focused on writing multiple choice and reading sections. We discussed specific grammatical principles (to be expanded on in future sessions) as well as overall test-taking strategies."
"This morning we worked on some review worksheets covering the gender of nouns -- a concept I went over with them during our previous session. They worked through it fairly well, only struggling to remember the concept in its entirety in the beginning. Once they get warmed up and more into the learning mode, they do well with retention and receiving new information. I feel that if we continue to work on more directed, organized workbook and textbook material, their focus will improve. We then looked at the seasons, days of the week and months of the year in Spanish, playing some interactive games to reinforce what I had just gone over. We also spent a bit of time looking at a map of Mexico so as to add a cultural broadening to the lesson plan. I have confidence both boys will be able to make great leaps with their Spanish skills if we keep pushing through the material and introducing new concepts little by little as we have been."