Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed her math write-in and half of her reading section from the SAT. We discussed future assignments and personal practice. Another student and I worked through her write-in math questions, as well as sentence completion and reading comprehension. For practice, I assigned her some sentence completion for homework to be completed within 20 minutes. Her teacher has requested that I create assignments for future sessions to complete on her own time during the week. In addition to the standard SAT sections that I provide, I plan to ask the student to study her vocabulary by choosing words that she finds difficult to remember and writing sentences using the words in proper context. This will help her to use context clues to remember the broad definition."
"The student didn't have Chinese homework for the next day, so we just started with a lesson on school, followed by one on asking directions. We went through dialogues, reviewed grammar points, and then did some exercises including translations for each topic."
"We made steady progress through the textbook. We covered graphing functions, writing the equation of a line in various forms, graphing inequalities, finding the zeros and solutions of a line and began to cover systems of equations. We also began to cover basic calculator functions- graphing on a calculator, finding intercepts, zeros, changing the window and zoom functions. We will pick up next session in systems of equations with three variables."
"The student took Section 3 (Math), Section 5 (Reading), and Section 10 (Writing) of SAT Test 1. After, we looked at the syllabus of all his classes and put the assignments down on the monthly calendar that I prepared. I also took extra time to go to the public library to check out a SAT book for the student. I also wrote emails to his teachers."
"Today we reviewed first-time verbal and writing composite scores. We also focused the session on how to structure the essays on the writing section. Our plan is to focus on the essay section first as this will be most helpful with general schoolwork, as well as indirectly applicable to all the other sections of the SAT."
"We worked on turning the student's outline into a first draft of her paper. We only got through the first few paragraphs, but she was able to see how much easier it is to write a paper when having done a detailed outline, as well did together previously. Her paper is potentially due next week, so she will need to do the remainder of the draft on her own."
"I looked over her diagnostic test and worked with her on the questions that she got wrong. I noticed that she did poorly in the quantitative comparison part of the test so we spent the majority of our time on that part. We also covered sentence completion and in this section I taught her ways to recognize certain clues in order to be able to see what words to choose."
"Continued working with the student on the personal essay for summer trip application. Student had finished assigned writing from previous week. Focused on identifying the main idea of each paragraph, eliminating repetition and rewriting sentences to unify around that single idea, and then linking ideas together between paragraphs with good transitions. Rewrote intro paragraph to reflect new clarity in main ideas. Polished for grammar, style, and removed typos. Assigned student to finish writing final paragraph by eliminating repetitive sentences and ending by referencing/restating the thesis."
"Today the student continued to work on multiple algebra worksheets. We reviewed past worksheets and worked on common mistakes. Additionally, we worked on some more advanced problems that I wrote up for him to target areas that he struggles with. Lastly, we also spent some time plotting graphs."
"The student is being tutored for algebra 2. She did her homework today. Topics included identifying the system of two equations and solving them (using elimination, graph or substitution methods). There were also exercises on constrained systems (graph, max and min). We also practiced real-world problems, which at first were tricky for the student, but she gained confidence during the session."
"We worked through the problems on the final review that the student asked to review. We reviewed finding limits, the limit definition of the derivative, implicit differentiation, minimizing and optimization problems. There were also several questions on the concepts of first and second derivatives. After working through each problem, she seemed to feel confident with the related material."
"To prepare the student for her midterm, we reviewed all her old exams, focusing on problems she asked help on. These mostly dealt with finding angles using properties of triangles, linear pairs, and parallel lines. Once I saw she understood those problems completely, we moved on to her online review, and I explained those and she was able to work them out correctly."