Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We checked summaries and comprehension questions for chapters 12 & 13 that the student had written on his own. We wrote a summary for chapter 14. We read, wrote summaries, and answered comprehension questions for chapters 15&16."
"The student is starting to get a very solid grasp as to how functions behave and interact. More specifically with the arithmetic of functions. She is also becoming more fluent in expressing mathematical concepts in words in a way that she (and I) can both understand, rather than simply memorizing a process or a list of rules. We practiced constructing tables and graphs, and also came up with our own word problem based off of the concepts we were learning. She's doing great!"
"The student and I went over her grades, posted online. I prompted the student to write emails to her teachers about missing assignments that she said she'd already turned in or made up. She did this for her math and English teachers. I then coached her through improving her English article, suggesting that she also have her ESL teacher look at it to explain grammar concepts in depth. Finally, I helped her write an outline for her history essay (which is overdue.)"
"Today he and I covered a broad range of topics, including history, language arts, and math. We reviewed for his history test tomorrow, which he seems very comfortable with. We then went over integers and what they mean. We then reviewed his upcoming exam on the book he is reading."
"In order to review the materials he has been covering in Spanish, I brought in an activity called pyramid for the student. It basically consists of note cards with Spanish verbs on them. I would give him a note card and indicate which tense and person to conjugate the verb in. He had to conjugate them correctly so that the "blocks" build up to a pyramid. He was able to conjugate verbs in the present and preterite but struggled with the other tenses he had been learning (imperfect, future, subjunctive, perfect tenses) and often had to look in the book to remember how to conjugate these tenses. We also worked a bit on chemistry. He completed a few practice problems covering inorganic chemistry. He understood this material very well."
"Today was my first session with this student, so we began with a general introduction to the test and the culture of test prep. We then moved on to discuss the materials she has available and her experiences with the test so far. We discussed the overall difficulty of the test in each of the sections, and the pattern of difficulty of the questions. In the last thirty minutes we discussed a few questions from her most recent practice exam. Before our next session, she's going to continue reviewing the practice exam she took using the free resources I directed her to, and then move on to use her lesson book. We'll pick up with that material on Wednesday."