Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked a lot on fractions this session. We played a game with pizza where the student had to divide it equally between a certain number of people and then look at the fractions that were made. I also had her draw out different representations of the same fraction to help her begin to understand the concept of equivalent fractions. I was very impressed with her while we were working on triple digit addition and subtraction. She did a wonderful job with her basic facts. Her recall has improved dramatically. Great job!"
"The student worked on a 6th grade level mechanics warm-up. We then reviewed the strategy from our last session, chaining, and wrote a paragraph using this technique. We then focused on using vibrant adjectives in writing. We brainstormed a list of words that are "boring" and should not be used in writing. We replaced some of these words in the paragraph he wrote at the beginning of the session. Then we brainstormed sensory adjectives for him to use in his homework assignment for next time. We added all of his work into a new writing binder to be used during our sessions."
"On this day we reviewed basically everything we did the day before. Since there was a quiz the next day, we focused primarily on topics for that quiz, such as partial fraction decomposition."
"Today the student and I prepared for her upcoming Managerial Accounting final. We reviewed budgeting variances, cost of goods manufactured, activity based costing and how to make the decision to drop a product line/department. She was able to maneuver the calculations fairly well on her own. I am very happy with her progress and am relieved to see that she gained a stronger understanding in time for her exam today."
"The student and I worked through all of the content (grammar rules, question types) and strategies for the English section of the ACT. We also covered a summary of the Math content and worked on some of the most common tricky problems. I am impressed with the quantity that we were able to cover, with his critical thinking, and with his attitude. He doesn't just repeat back to me what I said or wait for me to say everything- he listens, thinks, and is not afraid to put himself out there when I challenge him. I feel like his goals for this exam are absolutely within reach. He is one of the most receptive students I have had so far, and I am very confident that our work together will be productive. "
"At the beginning of our session, I made the student give me a progress report on all of his classes, since he did not bring any books to the library. Since he reported continued progress in all subjects, we spent the rest of the session going over our vocabulary list. On our first drill, the student correctly defined 57 out of 60 words, and after some deeper explanation, he seemed to better understand the 3 words he missed as well. I will prepare a new vocabulary list for next week, pending any other work the student has."
"Covered topics that would be on the student's test Friday. Subjects included solving rational inequalities, graphing rational functions, simplifying exponential equations, and solving equations involving exponents."
"The student and I worked on solving systems by substitution. She did much better with these problems! She and I looked over some sample problems on polygons using concepts she has previously learned with quadrilaterals and triangles, but expanding it a step further with shapes she hasn't seen before. This was a little tough for her, but she seemed to have a good grasp of it by the end. She will have quadrilaterals for her upcoming test. We also looked over the different types of mammals (monotremes, marsupials, and placentals) and how all mammals are classified into various species groups. "
"Session notes for 2/27: The student is getting much better at counting 0-100 in both English and French. He still needs to look at the number list I made for help, especially for numbers over 40. While he is fairly good at listing the numbers in sequence, he is still working on sight recognition for number, letters and the alphabet. We completed a few of the French/English worksheets today, and I encouraged him to determine what colors items were supposed to be colored by reading the labels on the sheet. When he couldn't read the entire word, he was able to figure out the color by sounding out the first 1-2 letters (ex. he figured out that if the word started with "y," the color was supposed to be yellow.)"
"In preparation for the student's science & matter test on Tuesday Jan 15th, she and I reviewed BCRs (Brief Constructed Responses) that had been assigned by the teacher, two of which will be used in the semester exam. We formulated answers for her to memorize for the test. Coming up with these answers also served as a form of review. In our next session, we will finish our review by covering general concepts she is still uncertain about. We will also begin to review for her upcoming geometry semester exam."
"The student and I reviewed his homework dealing with exponents, square roots, cubed roots, and fourth roots. We solved equations, simplified expressions, and worked out word problems that dealt with these topics."
"Another busy session with the student . We spent some time on Science. We measured, added to the student's data chart, and completed two journals. In Language Arts we worked on the student's IRA assignments. We created an action plan for this week to get the IRAs done before Thursday. Fortunately, the student is in the extra credit part of the assignment, so stress is minimal. We decided to move up the next session to Wednesday so that we could meet one more time before the closing of grades for the semester on Friday."