Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on solving for angles and sides of a triangle using the sine, cosine, and tangent. We also covered angles of elevation and depression. She did not struggle with any of the material. She was positive and confident in her work. I included notes on SOHCAHTOA trick to remember how to solve for the angles using the sine, cosine, and tangent."
"Today we covered cross-sectional areas and volumes of revolution. We used the graphs to determine the side length of the cross sections and radii of volumes of revolution. Student learned how to use washer method and disc method. He also learned that when radius extended from graph to axis of revolution, we use disc method. Washer method was used when there is an empty space between axis of revolution and graph. Basically, we drew the picture to determine what method to use. Also, the picture would show us whether to set up integral in terms of y or x. The most important and difficult part was setting up the integral. Student was eager to learn the material and understood the concepts fairly well."
"Today the student finished her science assignment, and we worked on being concise with her writing. It was a perfect opportunity to do so, since the assignment was to create a brochure, so we worked with how to get what she needed said written in a small space by not repeating herself unnecessarily, using more precise wording, and combining sentences/referencing previous sentences so as to use fewer words while conveying the same information. Her assignment looked great, and she was able to put everything we talked about regarding being concise to good use."
"Reviewed first two units in English and then the student took his progress test over the two units. He is now 1/3 of the way complete with the class. Then, worked on his World Culture class. Reviewed and completed the first half of his unit one evaluation test."
"Went over vocabulary, reading comprehension tactics, did a test, wrote part of an essay, went over a previously written essay. went over techniques of how to answer questions quickly in short answer and essay formats."
"The student received a 97 on a short answer quiz for Part I of the novel he read. He had no schoolwork, so we designed and outlined an argument paper for him to work on. The prompt was "How can my school environment be made better for the students?" We brainstormed--I showed him different methods of brainstorming--and created a thesis. Then, he created an outline and began to fill it in. Next week, he will find examples and explain them and write the paper. He needs to work on creating complex sentence structure, relating ideas, and more advanced word choice."
"We got through a lot of the student's homework. We worked through several problems involving exponential versus linear equations and then several word problems requiring interpretation of the exponential equations involved."
"Today we worked on conjugating irregular verbs in the preterite tense. The student practiced conjugating the verbs and did an excellent job doing so. We also reviewed the meanings for each verb. His homework assignment is to review the phonetics of the Spanish alphabet and work on 3 review sheets for conjugating verbs in the present tense (ar, er and ir)."
"Today the student asked me a bunch of questions about the ELA exam and we talked about what to expect and different strategies for approaching the exam. Then he spent 25 minutes working independently on a practice article. He was doing well managing his time, but got stuck on one question and ended up spending the last 8 minutes or so "thinking" without making any additional progress. We are going to continue practicing time management for the exam."
"We went over the last week's notes, which was on systems of equations for algebra and limiting reactants for chemistry. Systems went okay, though she still made some small errors. Limiting reactants went better once I gave her a sort of step guide to follow for the problems."
"I went over three questions the student had from the practice math he did last week. Then, we did a full practice test from my book. On the English test, he scored a 63/75, or a scaled score of 27. On the Math test, he scored a 48/60, or a scaled score of 28. On the Reading test, he only scored a 16/40, or a scaled score of 15. I think this was mainly due to pacing issues; he spent a lot of time on the first passage and had less time for the other questions. On the Science test, he scored a 22/40, or a scaled score of 22. Taken together, these scores would give him a composite score of 23."
"The student and I focused on assessment English and Reading this week. She is still showing improvements in English. As for Reading, she is doing well."