Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Discussed the student's hindrances. Started to review what was taught, reorganized the knowledge (for example gave a list of personal pronouns) in order and how to conjugate a verb (first group ending in -er). Did not leave homework yet."
"The student and I covered studying and test-taking strategies for the verbal section of the SSAT, including synonyms and analogies. He has a very high-level vocabulary and very good guessing instincts. Moving forward, we will continue to focus almost exclusively on the math section."
"We spent time working through the student's most recent exam and discussed the problems she missed / was confused about. In addition, we started to discuss solving linear systems using two methods: substitution and elimination. She needs more practice working on problems to prevent some minor mistakes, but she seems to grasp the overarching concepts well."
"Today the student and I went over a second practice test he had done. This one went really well and showed a significant improvement from the first one. He scored a 690 on math, 660 on reading, and 590 on writing. This has already exceeded his goal, so we're just going to keep working and still trying to improve. Today we went over all of the questions on this test that he had missed. We are going to start working with vocabulary since we have a lot of time before his test, and almost all of the reading questions that he missed were vocabulary questions. "
"This session, the student wanted to focus on Biology, as he had a lot of work to get through there. So, we worked through a long packet of worksheets on meiosis, where the student was confident about a good chunk of the material, but we also spent a lot of the time looking things up in the textbook and reasoning through the different possibilities. Part of the worksheet involved comparing/contrasting mitosis and meiosis, and here the student had a good handle on the material, especially as we'd already done a lot of the grunt work in coming to terms with meiosis The student also had a lab report to finish up, which he dispatched in our remaining time."
"The student and I met and discussed a schedule for all of her sessions. We talked about her biggest concerns and her current classes. We then went through a practice test for English and Math online. I am going to make a review packet/schedule for her for our next meeting on Sunday."
"Today we went over the names of the seasons in English and French, then reviewed some of the student's cold weather vocabulary: il fait froid, il neige, le bonhomme de neige, le patinage, la neige, la glace. We also reviewed counting. Next week we will continue to review so he can get back into the routine of hearing and speaking French."
"Today we laid some foundations before really jumping into the test prep book. I brought a bunch of little cards with numbers 1-12 as well as common fractions on them. We practiced recall math functions using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fraction --> decimal, fraction --> % and ordering fractions smallest to largest. We timed the student to see if we can observe some improvement over time, and will continue to use these cards at each session to improve the student's simple, mental math."
"Today during the session we went over problems taken on a recent exam. These problems included geometry concepts such as perpendicular lines, distance formula, distance between point and a line, and determining perpendicular slopes."
"This was my first session with the student and most of the time was spent assessing where he is at and what the problems were. He is a very smart student and I look forward to working with him more. It turns out that due to the curriculum and school that he's involved in that they will actually test students on topics that they haven't learned. His parents and I decided that I could best serve him by filling in gaps from what his teacher does not cover. For example, a lot of the tests that he was taking involve Algebra, which he hasn't even learned yet! He seems to catch things really quickly so I don't think it will be difficult at all. I'm looking forward to it."
"I met the student for the first time today to begin preparation for the April ACT. He has taken a few practice ACT's and believes that the ACT might be the better test for him. We reviewed some strategies for the English, Math and Science sections. He can put much of the knowledge that he gained from the course he took to work on the ACT. He appears to be well-motivated, and should do very well."
"The student and I worked on her language homework. It consisted of determining the difference between imperative, declarative, exclamatory, and interrogative sentences. She also completed a homework assignment that entailed her using north, south, east, and west in order to draw pictures of things on a map. Next, we worked on answering questions using complete and logical sentences. Lastly, the student practiced her handwriting."