Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was a test review day. We went over carbohydrates and lipids as well as amino acids and nucleic acids. We touched on the review of enzymes and inhibitors, but need a fuller understanding of competitive vs. non-competitive inhibitors."
"In today's session, the student and I reviewed the remaining Math concepts that we had not covered yet. These included: Simple Averages, Weighted Averages, Mean, Median, Mode, Mixture Problems, Motion Problems, Special Motion Problems, Work Problems, and Set Problems. We practiced numerous examples of these problems as well. After covering these concepts, we practiced several of the practice questions in his SAT book. Since he has the most difficulty with Writing and Math, we also practiced some Writing multiple choice questions. He has improved considerably with respect to the math section. He seems much more comfortable answering the questions. In terms of Writing, he is more comfortable with the Improving Paragraph questions, and he has more difficulty with Identifying Sentence Errors. (Timing is also a problem in this area.) He will complete a practice test before his next session so that we can assess his progress."
"The student and I reviewed chapter materials for his test Monday. We focused mostly on dative case and reviewing vocabulary. We also answered some questions in the chapter. Then we started to review for his final on Wednesday. We made it part of the way through the study guide."
"We went over a practice test where she scored a 29. We did some practice with systems of equations, the distance formula, and simplifying radicals. She needs to work on watching her negative signs and distributing to every term."
"The student and I started our first session with introductions and a brief discussion on what we expect to accomplish before the ACT. We then got to work on reading comprehension. We developed a plan of attack for him and then discussed the tips and tricks ACT writers use in their reading comprehension passages. He now underlines aggressively, jots down the passage's main idea before starting the questions, and makes sure he finds supporting evidence in the text before committing to an answer. He also learned a valuable strategy for questions based on comparing two passages. Overall, it was a great start - he proved that he is ready, willing, and able to work to improve his scores. I look forward to reviewing reading comprehension to reinforce what he has learned before tackling grammar during our next session."
"Today we started out by scoring a practice test that both the students took over the long weekend. They both said that they struggled more on the science and reading sections because they ran out of time. So we decided to start with science and reading today and then go over math and English tomorrow. We worked through the whole science section and reading section, briefly touching on every question, but focusing more on the questions that either one or both of them had gotten wrong or didn't understand. "
"We went over a challenge problem worksheet that had difficult versions of triangle problems. I showed him what information to look for which would result in a systems of equations with two unknowns."
"For students A and B we are shifting our focus to reading a story or chapter out of a book and writing a summary/response. So today Student A and I worked on his weekly reading concepts worksheet, where we focused on synonyms. I think he grasps this idea really well, he was able to give several examples. We continued reading in his book and wrote a response (i.e., what was his favorite part; what he thought would happen next), and posted it in a forum for his class. With Student B we first reviewed her spelling words of the week, which she did excellently on. We then read a story and did a 2-3 sentence written summary for her to give to her teacher. She did much better today on sounding out all the words instead of guessing. Afterwards I rewarded her by giving her a fun joke book to read."
"For the entire session, we worked on the student's math skills. We began with problem solving and unit conversions. She was able to work all the problems with some help from me. I also showed her another way to solve metric conversion problems. Then we reviewed the fraction problems that we started in the last session. She did very well on these problems because she had practiced during the week. We will continue to review those and work on word problems in the upcoming session."
"We studied for the student's next chapter test. We went through all the required questions to gain understanding and I continued to ask questions to test his true understanding for each question. Overall it went well. He did need practice to understand how to find x/y in a problem such as this: 3y = 4x"
"On our regularly scheduled tutoring day, the student and I went over an essay that she'd written for me. I helped her dissect the prompt and plan out an even stronger essay. I then gave her a little time to work through two redrafts of paragraphs for the essay. It ended up working really well, because she felt like she finally started to understand how to write the essay and what to do in the planning stages to prepare her well for a strong essay. In the remaining time, we worked through some Critical Reading and Math sections for extra practice. She's doing well."
"The student and I did normal work today. She was working on testing prep, so we did a practice with that, reorganized her binder, and I checked her elephant project. I also showed her how to work on her science project in Excel by creating graphs. We worked through her data, procedure, and results sections as well."