Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed for the student's test tomorrow on Lesson 3.3. She is very comfortable with these topics and should do well tomorrow. We then worked on some of her new prep book problems on geometry topics. We worked mostly on similar shapes and translations. She did very well. Today was our last day. It's been fun -- best of luck!"
"Today the student and I did a review of both The Jungle and Death of a Salesman, skimming back through general plot and theme questions and touching base on character names. She had retained much of the information from last week, and I was really pleased that she remembered so much that we had gone over. The main topic for today was Huckleberry Finn, which she obviously was not very fond of. However, she was able to pull up a good amount of knowledge on Huck Finn, and we went through the plot, the characters, some major themes and some possible essay questions. Because of the length of the book, she said she was going to make a concentrated effort to re-read at the very least the study guide for it before her exam, and I will attempt to do a little more discussion on the book in our next session."
"The student took a quiz with 12 multiple choice and 3 essays. Concepts covered included finding area under a normal curve, estimating true mean, finding z-scores, probability, confidence levels, margin of error, etc."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed analogies and practiced looking at the answer choices to narrow out some of the incorrect choices. In addition, we went through the second math section on her practice SAT and worked through the questions that she got wrong. We also practiced using process of elimination to her advantage in the math section."
"We practiced adding fractions and then simplifying the sum if needed. We practiced explaining why we do not add the denominator. With the student, I also did some math facts practice. We will likely do some ongoing math practice."
"Completed a practice ISAT test for Math, reviewed incorrect responses, what should have been done, and how to fix it for future problems. Discussed and reviewed any other concerns with Math at this time."
"We talked about how the student's last test went and then took a practice reading test to determine where any weaknesses are. We then discussed alternative strategies for the reading section. We will do more reading next time and also go over math practice test 2."
"The student is beginning to study discrete probability distributions, and we worked through a problem set over the binomial distribution. It took a little practice, but the student is warming up to the processes for finding binomial probabilities, expected values, and standard deviations, and determining whether a distribution is binomial."
"At the beginning of the session, I found out that he got 100% on the test I was helping him study for last week, which was a pretty gratifying feeling. After that we began working on the homework he was assigned during the day. I showed him the Angle Bisector Theorem and also introduced SOHCAHTOA, with which he was quite amazed. Using sine, cosine, and tangent, many of the questions in his homework became much easier."
"During this session, we reviewed practice test questions that the student had missed during a trial AP exam he took previously. I observed his test taking abilities and gave him suggestions for how to improve them. I discussed with him the importance of writing down information when reading problems as opposed to trying to work them out mentally. We also covered how to change between base ten, base eight, base two, and base sixteen number systems."
"The student has started keeping a journal in French. We went over the entries that she had made since our last session and made corrections. We also practiced vocabulary and fluency with the Go Fish game. She finished off the chapter 1 workbook as well as creating her own sentences from vocabulary found in the grammar book. At the end of the session, we viewed the second installment of the mini-novella and discussed it."
"We reviewed the student's math homework and vocabulary test prep today. In math, the student is working on pre trig manipulation of triangles, noting the patterns unique to 30-60-90 triangles and 45-45-90 degree triangles. We finished with ten min remaining so we discussed some cell biology, touching very briefly on how amino acids, lipids, and nucleic acids are used in the cell."