Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on his math and writing worksheet, as well as reading through his book for the week and recording the time. He also completed the writing assignment that went with his reading for the day. Then we looked for and cut out some words from a magazine that went with the "dropping rule" he had learned in spelling. He did a great job at identifying these words and seems to have learned the rule really well. We also practiced his spelling words, and changed things up by having him spell them aloud as I quizzed him on the words he had missed when practicing with his other tutor yesterday. "
"Today's session was our last lesson before the SAT Exam this Saturday. The girls are well-prepared for the exam and have increased their scores. They are consistently scoring in the 700-800 range in all sections. Great work! Today, we reviewed several exams in the practice booklet. Since the girls did so well on the exams, we had extra time to discuss the Writing Section as well as some test-taking strategies. Best of luck!"
"The student worked very hard to great success in this session! We focused intensely on verbs. We conjugated in all four conjugations in all indicative tenses, active and passive. We worked on pattern recognition and becoming comfortable with the rules and exceptions. It is tedious, challenging work, and Evan rose to the task. This new level of comfort with the foundational skill of translating verbs into Latin will help him improve across the board."
"Today we reviewed for the student's final exam. We talked about strategies for evaluating limits as well as the relationship between limits and derivatives. We also reviewed implicit differentiation, with a focus on using the chain rule on dependent variables. Finally, we worked through two word problems involving optimization. To solve those, we discussed finding and analyzing critical points."
"The students learn so much better with fun activities and creative methods. I want to focus on that more. The assigned homework will help them remember lessons from past weeks."
"The student had labs in physics to work on. The first one was a roller coaster kinematics lab. The physics wasn't very difficult. We were careful to write the lab in the way the teacher wanted it. We then worked on a rotational physics lab. She was a little confused about the questions. Last, we did a bit of geometry with shapes, and then defined the physics rotational concepts a bit better. "
"Today we began by warming up with an English passage. The student only missed 1 question again (which we reviewed) so we are done with English until we start working on practice tests! We finished introducing the rest of the math section today (difficult questions and question sets). She did a great job but we will continue reviewing math to hit as many ACT style questions as possible. Tomorrow we will do more math practice and move on to Reading!"
"The student took 2 sections each of math and writing for this session. Her performance in the math sections has been notably on the upswing. She scored a 520 on the practice test 2 (which included sections taken both for this session and last session), improving from the 470 she scored on the diagnostic. To continue to improve she needs to focus on translating the written information in the problems to mathematical equations or expressions, even when she is not exactly sure where they will lead her. Her writing has improvement, with a score of 500 from the previous 2 sessions, improving from a 490 on the diagnostic. The student struggles primarily in the find-the-error sections. She says that she finishes the writing sections with plenty of time, so she should slow down and double-check those sections, especially with regard to subject-verb agreement."
"The student and I worked on her cursive handwriting skills. I had the student write words with letters she tends to forget and we completed reading comprehension activities that allowed her to answer the questions in cursive."
"After viewing her progress report and speaking with the student and her father, we ascertained that she could probably use more attention in Reading & Literature than in Social Studies. We switched gears a bit and went over a practice test (reading passages with multiple choice questions) that she had worked on before. We'll be focusing on reading comprehension in literature from now on and review social studies as needed."
"During today's session, the student and I reviewed algebra. We began by reviewing absolute value problems, and worked our way up to polynomial and quadratic formula problems. I asked her to show me the specific problems that she had trouble with, before and the we walked through those problems together. Next, I asked her to solve them on her own. During the last part of the session, we moved on to new material. She will soon be tested on Y-axis and X-axis symmetry. I reviewed the associated concepts with her, and provided assistance with any difficulties she was having. By the end of the session, she had grasped the exam topics. I also gave her a specific set of problems to practice and review before the exam."
"Today we covered ratios and simple interest and sales tax. The student is doing really well. He has his basic multiplication 1 through 12, and he knows his fraction rules for addition or multiplication. Next session, I will work more on ratios and work on basic geometry."