Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Worked through Chapter 7 (practice for Critical Reading, including sentence completions and passage-based reading); Chapter 10 (Writing-improving sentences) exercises and practice questions; assigned practice test #1 as homework."
"Today the student and I focused on Spanish. We went over words and phrases that are helpful in the classroom. Some of these were "como se dice", "que quiere decir", "escribe la palabra", "mas despacio", and "sientate". Next, we did two worksheets about clothing and colors. The student was asked to read a sentence in Spanish and write it's equivalent in English. She didn't think she couldn't do it at first, but when I broke the words down, she realized that she knew her color words and completed it. Then we played a game. This is a great way to do something kinesthetic for learning. We took turns asking the person to do something in Spanish. She is coming along very well!"
"The student and I reviewed her practice test, and we also looked over past practice tests to ensure that she is best prepared for the test. We spent the last 30 minutes reviewing important test-taking skills, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques. She has been great to work with, and I'm positive that she will do well on the test. "
"Introduction to the placement test sections, order of difficulty, time management, common question types. The mother asked to focus on grammar first. We had to start with the basics: parts of speech, subjects versus objects, pronouns, basic sentence diagramming. Spent over an hour analyzing sample sentences and reviewing basic grammar rules. Worked on the first 11 questions of part 1. Discussed parallel structure re: the test's writing questions. HW: first section of CB grammar review - "parallel structure""
"The student and I continued to prep for tomorrow's Chem 130 quiz. We did more practice problems and I quizzed her on Inter molecular forces and Polar/nonpolar bonds. I also helped her create a foldable study sheet so she can quiz herself and continue studying tomorrow on her own before the quiz."
"First Session. Today we discussed the format of the exam. We talked about the different sections and how they are similar to what she is doing in school. She enjoys reading, writing and science. I gave her two reading comprehension passages she did very well. She was able to locate her answer in the passage and eliminate answers she knew were wrong. I then timed her on Fourth Grade Math questions. She did well with time management. Overall she has potential to do very well."
"The student and I discussed her past ACT test scores and the strategies she used while taking the exam. We went over a few different strategies that she could use for the reading section and tried them out on passages in practice test 4."
"We talked about finding the integrals of elementary functions (polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential) by transforming them into solvable functions in the integral table. We also briefly touched on Computational Algebra System (CAS) to find solution of complicated integrals. I had the student try some of the practice problems on his own to see if he understood the material. He was able to solve most of them by the end of the session."
"Today the student and I worked on a missing French assignment. Most of her mistakes were minor mistakes from forgetting small details. I think she'll perform much better during a future session considering that she has just come back from spring break and her memory regarding French is likely to be on the fuzzy side."
"This was my first session with the student, so much of the time was spent assessing which exact topics she would require review on. We also completed an algebra practice assessment"
"Today we went over the student's latest test. He did not remember the process for solving a reflection problem, so we worked through that one entirely. The rest of the test he did fairly well, so I only had to explain a few basic subjects, like vector manipulation. Next we looked at some homework problems dealing with traversals that the student didn't understand from class. Walking through the solution allowed him to understand better how to solve this type of problem."
"We discussed some recent developments in the fields of engineering and what he can expect to encounter during the first few years of college. Also discussed the expectation that college educators and engineering companies have of modern scientists and engineers and how the skills to be successful in this environment must be second-nature habits rather than active responses. Went over some past chemistry notes and outlined a specific area of improvement for future sessions: going beyond simply absorbing information, and comprehending it at a level high enough to be able to apply it where necessary in a way that can convince others (teachers, professors, and future employers) of one's competence in that area."