Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the reading homework and started the science lesson. We talked about strategies and time management for the science section. We will revisit time management for the reading section and continue to practice narrowing down answer choices quickly."
"The student and I finished up his work on finding relative extrema of function graphs with derivatives before completing his following lesson, about applying derivatives to maximizing volume. The student picked up this newest lesson with no trouble whatsoever, requiring only minimal explanations and completing whole problems almost entirely on his own. We also finished several more of his test review problems. Tomorrow we should finish the last lesson of the unit and complete the test review."
"The student and I discussed her homework assignment on limits. She sometimes struggled with applying the concept. She said the test wasn't for a while, and she felt comfortable and prepared for the quiz this week. We set a regular weekly time of 7:30pm on Mondays. "
"The parent requested that the student focus on reading today, especially comprehension. She was interested in Titanic, so we spent the time reading orally and silently, increasing vocabulary knowledge, background knowledge, and decoding skills."
"The student started a new unit on matrices, so we practiced adding and subtracting matrices as well as multiplying them. She learned 2 methods, but was more comfortable with the diagonals method. We also looked ahead to the section on Cramer's Rule. We also reviewed graphing different types of functions to start preparing for her final exam."
"The student and I worked on a series of questions which she had been assigned, covering the book she's reading. The assignment required her to answer a number of questions about the text, while using quotes from the text as support for her arguments. She is already a very astute and perceptive reader, so working with her was very enriching and fruitful. Although I helped her find some quotes, she used these quotes to elaborate her arguments all on her own. I think she had a much better grasp on what she was doing by the time I left."
"Today the student and I worked on an essay for her ethics class. The first part of the essay involved reading an article, analyzing the logic of it, and then writing a summary of the article based on this logical analysis. The second part of the essay involved writing an individual response to the author's article based on the same logical principles. This portion of the essay had to be researched and cited. We spent most of the time tonight with her completing this essay. After finishing the essay, we briefly looked over grammar and trigonometry, since the student has quizzes in those two subjects tomorrow. "
"We began with completing fluency. Then, the student worked on a cow jumping over the moon problem. He continues to WOW me with his enthusiasm and creative thinking. We then continued our work on prereading questioning. "
"The student and I prepared for her upcoming book report. We went through the remaining chapters and summarized plot, and character studies. We discussed her response to the book, and identified the next tasks to complete before we write a draft."
"Today we finished up week one's assignments. We reviewed singular and plural nouns, comparing and ordering numbers, reading comprehension and chapter 3 of James and the Giant Peach. Great start to the beginning of the school year!"
"The student worked on his spelling. He only missed 1 word on the spelling test I gave him. He also wrote a paragraph on matter. He also worked on double digit subtraction with borrowing. He also read and answered questions about the story with ease."
"This week, I asked the student to come up with sentences involving various subjects from her reading program and she wrote the sentence out as we sounded them out together. Student two and I began reading a new book, wrote some reading responses to what we read together. The student is always very imaginatively engaged with her reading, and I'm going to try to find some plays for us to act out together!"