Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our first session, the student and I discussed his concerns about the writing process and methods for improving his confidence and efficiency. At our next session, he will have prepared an outline for his upcoming essay, which he will explain to me as I record and transcribe his thoughts. I hope this exercise will help him to worry less about his style and focus more on the basic function of writing- to communicate ideas. As he is quite articulate verbally, I think this will be a valuable, confidence-building exercise for him."
"Covered the reading section of the ACT. Implemented new test strategies and did practice tests to work on speed and accuracy under pressure. Student showed tremendous improvement with accuracy, will continue to work on speed."
"The student worked on long division. I helped her with any questions she had. She just had a chapter test the day before break, but we went ahead to the next chapter. I ended up reviewing with her, all of the lessons in the chapter, and she took the chapter test at the end and got them all right!"
"Geometric proofs for an exam tomorrow. Student felt he needed review for the proof part of the geometry final. Went through 8 practice problems given by the teacher and I suggested some best practice rules for doing proofs. Hopefully, it will help him see a clearer path to the solution. Also, I stressed the checking work phase of taking the exam."
"The student and I did a Chapter 12 review from the book. It was part of her assigned homework and was a good review for her quiz later this week. She needs to learn her formulas for volume and surface area of prisms, pyramids, and spheres."
"From previous session, student had written her first essay and we went over it, highlighting areas where she could incorporate higher-level vocabulary. I pointed out some simple grammar error, so student would be prepared for areas to check over when she goes in for her assessment test. From there, we went over Spanish phrases and idioms that could also be used in the written and oral evaluations. We also reviewed the past tenses in Spanish and I showed student how to distinguish between the two using a "stoplight" outline."
"We worked a lot on vocabulary skills. The student has a great memory for vocabulary and this will put her at an advantage for the verbal and essay sections of the ISEE. We continued to work through some QR questions, which she has a better grasp of today in comparison to three weeks ago. As a homework assignment, I challenged her to memorizing 50 words in 24 hours. If she wins, I owe her ice cream."
"We went through naming and writing of the chemical formulas for both ionic and covalent compounds and we practiced several questions. Then we covered the quadratic equations and their solutions by using quadratic formula. She is doing good just needs a little bit practice on nomenclatures."
"The student finished a pre-essay assignment for his Reading class. I helped him rewrite an assignment for his Science class. He is a great, really intelligent boy. I'm working with him to help him improve his pacing (not working too fast) and in checking his work. I am confident he'll make great progress, as I already see him applying himself and wanting to do better."
"We covered specifically an assignment the student had using the imperfect tense and indirect object pronouns. I feel the pronouns she knows fairly well, but like other tenses, the imperfect is a work in progress. She continues to work hard in our sessions and approaches issues in a positive manner."
"Second session with the three students. Today we spent some time discussing words in Spanish and English. After that we went over verb conjugations and then we listened to a podcast. Great session overall."
"During today's session, student one and I continued reading his "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" novel, with a focus on reviewing what happened at the end of each chapter. Together we also worked on a reading worksheet he had due for school on cause and effect. He seems to be more comfortable admitting when he has difficulties with content or vocabulary and is progressing well. In my session with student to we went over her spelling words for the week. We worked on her spelling the word to me and then me spelling the word and her telling me what it was. This was good practice for her visualizing the way words look in her head. We read a couple of stories together as well. She is rapidly gaining confidence blending words together and works hard to not "site"-read."