Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Wednesday, 1 August; Thursday, 2 August: We continued to go through the student's "midterm" exam. She tested on adjectives and nouns and putting together simple sentences. She also tested on common phrases in Spanish and propositions. Her proficiency is good in these areas."
"We first went over introductions and covered expectations. We briefly spoke about his grades and the classes he felt he needed most help with. I asked him several questions about his learning style, his approach to exams, and his interests and motivations. I was able to gain insight into some of the reasons why the student might be struggling with his coursework. We were able to complete two activities together. During the first activity, I asked him to 1) Give 1-2 examples of being organized and disorganized at school and at home. 2) Name a consequence of each. 3) What type of action can be taken to improve or continue being organized and/or disorganized. The activity was designed to further his awareness of his organizational skills and gauge his feelings and views on organization. It was a reflective exercise. For the second assignment we focused on the importance of time. Lastly, we wrapped up by discussing what we would try to cover in the next couple of sessions."
"The student has a test tomorrow; we reviewed the additional topics her class has learned since our session last week, primarily medians and altitudes of triangles. We also worked through the sample problems and proofs that were in her notes from this material. I addressed her questions about the test material."
"Today we discussed a few remaining areas of concern before the student does her last practice test over the weekend. We covered mathematical vocabulary (natural/whole/rational/irrational/real numbers, radians, etc.) and did a few practice geometry and trigonometry problems. We focused the session on science, reviewing techniques for speed and then running one full-length practice section, with focus on pacing. She earned a 33 on that section, and a near-perfect score on a partial English test we ran for review. We also discussed peripheral test-taking strategies and getting a good night's rest, pacing focus, and what to bring."
"The student and I went over tariffs in depth today. We went through several examples about how tariffs affect supply and demand graphs. By the end, he was doing the problems with ease."
"The student and I worked on World History from WWI through decolonization and the Cold War. She remembered some of the terms from class, including the causes of World War I, but she hadn't had a chance to talk about some of the key events of decolonization yet, so we had a good chance to review those. For instance, we talked about Muhammad Ali Jinnah and M. K. Gandhi and the partition of India and Pakistan. We worked on grouping her terms by heading based on event or theme, and this should help her remember the context of the term when it appears on her exam. It was definitely a lot of material to cover, but she was very focused and stayed hard-working throughout."