Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met and discussed her standing with the ACT right now, what book to buy, and when to meet. I emailed her some practice tips, and she left to buy a book. We will be meeting next Wednesday at 1 pm to begin."
"The student and I covered the mass yield, percent yield, theoretical yield, and results of the experiment she performed in lab yesterday. At the end of the session she better understood how to interpret the results of various chemical tests and could correctly determine which yield to use in different circumstances."
"We began our session by quizzing the student on past vocabulary covered, and she knew all but a couple words. She then made 10 more flashcards for new vocab words. We then reviewed strategies for the reading section and filled in the review worksheet. Lastly, we introduced ratios to the student, which she picked up on very quickly. Instead of homework, she is going to complete a practice test to gauge her progress."
"Worked briefly on English, then spent a fair amount of time on math reviewing rates/ratios/proportions, fractions, and multiplying/dividing/factoring powers and roots. Moved on to reading; practiced a four-step strategy from the test prep book (scanning for and underlining "lead words" in both questions and passages, then summarizing paragraphs in words or phrases, then looping back as needed to answer questions as accurately as possible)."
"Practiced reading comprehension with two stories: Los Tres Perezosos and El Viejo, El Nino, y El Burro. Practiced different strategies for pulling meanings from sentences without knowing all the words, and finding the meaning of new vocabulary through context."
"Reviewed concepts of volume, temperature, & pressure. Covered school worksheets and homework. The student worked independently on homework problems and I checked over them. He did a really great job being aware of the units and how they canceled/relate to each other. Linked the relationship to the ideal gas law."
"For today's session, I started by giving the student a range of actual exam math questions to better understand his strengths and weaknesses. Overall he did well, though he struggled with percentages and the Pythagorean theorem. We did related exercises together until he felt comfortable with the approach. Since he said fractions were hardest for him, I made a fraction worksheet and showed him how to specifically tackle them in word problems. We'll cover 7th grade science next week."
"Reviewed English homework analyzing quotes from characters in Romeo & Juliet and what they revealed about the character's views of love. Reviewed Spanish vocab and estar vs ser. Reviewed chapter 8 on energy and photosynthesis for pre-test in Biology"
"The student is such a great kid! She is always cooperative and in good spirits. We focused on the reading section today and on employing specific strategies to help break down questions and answer them accurately, including paying attention to transition words, anticipating an answer in advance (which helps keep students from getting confused), and eliminating obviously wrong answers."
"Worked on quiz review worksheet for chapter 3 covering equations for slope, equation of a line, and rules for lines segmenting parallel lines. Waiting to see results from last test to see how tutoring has affected his performance."
"The student and I went through her latest Algebra I work, mostly focusing on substitution and elimination with two and three variable systems of equations. We went through a couple of practice problems from class before moving on to her homework. She is picking up well on the problem solving nature of these types of problems and progressing in her ability to work through the arithmetic involved."
"The student completed 3 sections (2 math and 1 reading) for homework, so I reviewed all the questions he didn't understand. The majority of the questions he got wrong in math were computational errors or oversights from rushing, so I feel his score didn't accurately reflect his ability level. I expect his scores to improve as he becomes familiar with the test. His reading comprehension scores were very good. He should study SAT vocabulary for the sentence completions. Next session we will focus on the writing section, especially the grammar in sentence revisions and error identification."