Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student began a new unit this week in Algebra II. We reviewed the properties of exponents. We also worked ahead on a few topics she will be learning this week including dividing polynomials using long division and synthetic division."
"Today we took a mini practice ACT that was built/geared towards the 8th grade ACT she will be taking. We worked through basic strategies, how to approach each section, and what to do if she did not know how to solve a problem. She did very well on the questions. She seems to be much more confident about taking this exam and almost excited. "
"-Reviewed -er/-ir regular preterit verb conjugation -Learned and Practiced irregular preterit verb forms, including hacer, decir, estar, etc. -Read a short chapter book, Reviewed the Grammar, pronunciation and translation of the book, and lastly, answered short questions in Spanish to test comprehension of the chapter"
"The student has a test soon on various verb conjugations, so we reviewed the imparfait and other tenses. I quizzed him on their spellings. Then we reviewed the tenses used in indirect speech again, as well as the changes in time nouns."
"In my last session with the student before his ACT, we worked on his essay. We talked about what to focus on, how to budget his time, the best way to structure it, and how to take a side. We read several sample essays ranging in score from a 2 to a 6, and talked about what each of them did well or badly. Then we went through several prompts and practiced outlining and organizing. The last half hour we spent going through an English section and reviewing the grammar rules."
"This session was spent reviewing the test that the student had completed. Vocabulary is a strength. He is capable of doing most of the math questions in his head. We will continue to focus on Algebra. Regarding the language section, we reviewed the common usage issues that are most frequently tested and identified them as "alarm bell" words (they're/their, whose/who's, etc.). "
"Today we focused on the English section of the test, especially mechanics. I created a summary sheet on the punctuation and sentence structure rules on the ACT, which we went over in detail. Then we ran 3 drills of a passage with 9-10 questions each for practice and timing. The student did very well with the content and got several tricky usage questions right. Next time, we need to work a little more on speed and pacing."
"Went over the student's recent titration experiment: the basic steps of titration, why we do it and why it takes so long (primarily because we have to know exactly how much neutralizing acid or base we added which in turn means adding very small amounts at a time very carefully and slowly). Then solved some problems from a review sheet involving empirical and molecular formulas, figuring them out and using stoichiometry to figure out meaningful quantities of compounds from molecular formulas. He has thus far been able to significantly speed up the pace at which he solves algebra problems, and he now needs to work on doing the same for chemistry."
"Prepped for the student's test: comparisons (taller, shorter, older, prettier, smarter), flashcard enhancements, workbook exercises. He is getting better at recalling sentences and certain verbs. I believe he is well prepared for the exam."
"The student nearly completed the 4th practice math exam in the book today. Her understanding of ratios is developing. I am trying to get her to slow down and double check her work to avoid these."
"Today the student and I prepared for her quiz over the long division and synthetic division of polynomials. We also reviewed the solving of polynomial equations. She performed well, though she often has issues with the very simply math (addition/subtraction/multiplication) rather than with the actual polynomials."
"We went over science reading questions because the student had not yet gone over it. We talked about different strategies and she answered most of them very well. I'm sending her more for practice as well as more math problems. For our next few session we will be going over some concepts that are new to her before I leave for break."