Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I showed the student how to break down topics in the form of charts, and use this method across similar chapters so he's able to make connections and comparisons between corresponding bits of information across several chapters. We also had short exercises where he studied chapters, and I tested him immediately afterward, so he can learn to read chapters more quickly and effectively."
"The student and I worked on Ser/estar and when to use each verb forms. We reviewed the grammatical mistakes in a paragraph she wrote last session in which she also practice one of her vocabulary sets. We also practiced reflexive verbs, gustar-like verbs and some preterite/imperfect. The student showed good grasp of the material."
"The student had a paper due for his English class, so his mother asked us to focus on that work first. The paper required that 1-2 pages be written in one paragraph. The student had started writing the paper in school, so it was halfway completed when I arrived. I allowed him to finish writing the paper without much help in order to observe his writing style and technique. When he became stuck on word choice, we discussed what he was trying to say until he selected the appropriate word. After he finished writing the paper, I asked him to read it aloud to check for any glaring errors. After completing this read-through, we went through the paper more thoroughly, making changes and adding punctuation. His main issues were run-on sentences and comma placement. Overall, he did a good job getting his main points across. We then discussed his interests and feelings concerning school."
"I devoted this session to math review and practice. We went over the math section of a practice test, making sure to go over the important strategies that can be used on the math section. By the end of the session she could set up equations to problems and work through more difficult problems largely on her own. For our next session I asked her to practice deciding which math facts were most relevant to a given problem, how to recognize reading questions that she can save time, and skimming reading section selections."
"I can't believe today was already our last session together! We started with two fictional fable-type stories. She summarized each one (first by verbally summarizing, then writing phrases next to each section of the story, and finally by combining those phrases into a cohesive summary). She did a really great job with each! Then, after summarizing both, she wrote a paragraph comparing and contrasting the two, first by using a Venn diagram to organize her thoughts, and then writing the paragraph. We finished with a couple multiple choice math questions, and then three multiplication times tests -- she got 100% in far under the time limit! She really has improved a lot, in both math and reading comprehension. I hope she continues practicing over the summer (and has a nice break as well!). She has been great to work with!"
"The student and I did a lot of practice on the English section of the ACT. She is doing very well and getting stronger in her skills. With 20 min. left we went over some math and will continue that section during our next meeting."
"Continued to work on the strategies we discussed: highlight strong statements and key words previewed in the questions, above all, choose the correct answer by telling yourself "these other three answers are wrong because....(too broad/narrow, not in the same paragraph as question, too extreme, etc.) so the last one standing must be right" instead of "this is the right answer because...""
"The student and I completed the lower level ISEE practice exam during our last session, so we reviewed the answers to the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections. We also began a short lesson on Geometry, focusing on angles in circles and triangles. She did well staying focused and continues to work hard during our sessions."
"We practiced number manipulation, where she is slowly improving. Then we practiced some verbal logic, where she has shown great improvement. Then we went over a few reading passages, focusing on timing."
"I began our first session just getting to know the student and asking her questions about her learning styles and previous test experiences. We practiced doing some English and Science sections. We figured out how she can best divide her time for these two subjects, and I gave her some additional strategies to be as efficient as possible. We also spent a little bit of time looking through the writing examples in the ACT book and discovered that the student could probably raise her writing score by taking a minute or two to organize her thoughts before writing. I asked her to do a practice outline and 2 full English and Science practice tests, timed, before our next session."
"The student would like to meet throughout the semester for both microeconomics and accounting. Today we met to review the first two chapters for economics which covered the fundamentals such as wants/choices, scarcity, opportunity costs, etc. We then took a quiz online together and he received a score of 18/20. We plan to meet again this Friday to work on accounting."
"We covered using the graphs of derivatives to find information about functions (which is a sort of follow up/application of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus). We also worked on finding significant information using definite integrals (e.g. how much a population would be expected to change given a growth function and period of time). The student was having a hard time relating the graph of a derivative to information about the function from which it was derived. I worked some extra problems on this subject with her and she plans to ask her teacher for more practice problems on this topic as well."