Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our first session, so the student and I worked through some basic/elementary reading exercises. We discussed his school work, the subjects/material he struggles with, grades, likes and dislikes. I have him a middle school diagnostic assessment with a non-fiction piece to gauge his literal, inferential, and evaluative skills. We marked the questions he had trouble with so we can address them at a later session. I also gave him a writing prompt for a short journal to assess his writing skills. We started some annotations and emotional connotation word work with the story "A Tale of Desperaux.""
"The student and I started by going over what quartiles referred to in reference to graphs and statistics. I gave him some numbers and allowed him to draw out a box and whisker plot on his while I explained what median, first quartile, and third quartile referred to. My goal for the student is to gain an intuitive knowledge of math, rather than just memorize the facts. After explaining the quartiles, I helped the student finish his review sheet. I explained the common terms to him and allowed him to work problems on his own while guiding him whenever he needed help. I also wrote down a few notes to help him prepare for his test on Monday. The student is very bright and catches on to concepts quickly, and overall just a very polite and pleasant kid to work with."
"The student and I discussed revisions to his first two essays, focusing on paragraph structure and mechanics, overused/ misused phrases, and ways to strengthen arguments and impact statements. He wrote strong thesis statements and used interesting examples, but often failed to clearly explain his examples or tie them to the broader prompt. We also outlined his next essay assignment (Do we underestimate the importance of community due to the American culture of individualism?). He brainstormed some warrant ideas and wrote out impact statements for each body paragraph. We also completed two reading comprehension passages- one social science, one fictional prose- and emphasized both process of elimination and returning to the text to find evidence supporting an answer choice."
"We covered questions from previous tests in order to prepare for upcoming final. Questions covered conservation of energy, rotation and rotational velocities, balancing molecule reaction equations, energy and heat conversion and latent heat vs specific heat. We specifically discussed strategies for analyzing which questions require what approach be in kinematic equations or energy equations or something else. The student said she is feeling more confident in the material even with a close final date. I gave her instructions to continue doing book problems."
"Todays session with this student went really well. It was our first session in awhile, but she is doing really well in physics and so we worked on calculus to help her get ready for her exam next week. We spent all of our time working on related rates problems and on optimization problem. Her biggest struggle is with the algebra of the problem and a little bit on the setup. She had a great attitude like always. My biggest guide today was on how she writes out her work. I helped her to clean it up so that she can clearly see what she needs to complete. I also helped her with how to set up the problems and think of them in terms of things she already knows. I informed her to let me know if she needs more practice. I saw some of her physics grades and she was getting over 90% on them."
"This week the student and I prepared for his upcoming geometry test which is on Thursday. We covered more postulates and the special triangles. I hope he does well on his test as he's a very bright student!"
"Today we covered exponents as whole numbers and rational numbers along with the different properties of exponents. The student struggled with the concept of rational exponents mainly because of the way her book was explaining it. We also reviewed several problems that she missed on her last test. We discussed some testing strategies to help her better prepare for tests and relax during them. She was one point away from an A on her last test."
"Student 1 had some enrichment homework where he had to use a menu and add up totals. We worked through this, and we discussed how the tax and tip were not included in any of the word problems. Student 2 and I worked through exponents and GCF then played a game that drills computation skills with the four operations."
"We worked on reviewing for the student's exam. We worked through worksheets covering Lewis dot structures, hybridization, molecular orbital theory, and mass-mole stoichiometry conversions. It was a productive session, and she had a much better understanding of mass to mole/ stoichiometry problems and is progressing on molecular geometry/ Lewis dot structures."
"The student read two chapters today and finished the book! Her comprehension and intonation is getting better and better with each session. She is also reading much faster. I time her during each session, and I can tell she is conscious of her speed, but does not compromise her tone or enunciation. I timed her three times today (every 3rd page) and took the average of her times for her wpm. She read 89, 108 and 102 wpm respectively. The list of "challenge words" has also gotten smaller each time. We will usually have about 6-10 words each session. I rarely have to correct her while she reads; she will correct herself more often than not. After we finished the book, we focused on flashcards. It has been awhile since we've gone over all of our flashcards, but she has shown a lot of improvement since we first started working together and really seems to enjoy learning new words."
"We discussed waves, the different types of waves, and the characteristics of waves such as amplitude, wavelength, period and frequency. The student was very diligent and understood the properties of waves as well as the types of waves. We also went over the Doppler effect and some real world examples. At the end of our session, I assigned him some wave problems to try out for himself before our next session."
"We started with Chemistry test corrections, which were mostly on concentrations and dilutions. Then we did an algebra packet about graphing parabolas and the different forms the functions could be written. We graphed functions from various equations finding the quickest ways to find each coordinate. I worked on showing her how to convert from form to form."