Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was not much better than the previous session. I notice that he responds well to his parents. Any time his mother or father were in the kitchen, he devoted 100% of his attention to me and his assignments. I have asked his mother to sit in on part of our next session. More progress was made in math this time. He still struggles with comprehending word problems and determining what the question is asking."
"For today's session, the student and I finished reviewing his practice exam. We started with English and we were able to identify that the style of question he needed assistance with was the kind that included NOT/EXCEPT/LEAST. In the science section, he did very well. He earned a 29. He was able to pick up that data interpretation/understanding is key to doing well on this section. "
"We started with a word scramble game. I asked the student to think of words with initial consonant blends Ch, Sh, Bl, and Th. She called out words like shepherd and theory which I recognize as evidence of an expanding vocabulary! Awesome!! Using this word list, we scrambled the words for each other and left some letters out to increase difficulty level then had to determine the correct spelling of the scrambled word. She showed a solid grasp of phonics with this activity. Next she read a short story from the book about muscles and bones. Challenge words for her from the short story were muscle, straighten, loosen, and attached. We reviewed the spelling and the pronunciation of these challenge words after she finished reading the short story."
"The student and I had a quick review session for his test. We went over basic definitions (quantitative versus qualitative variables, continuous versus discreet variables, treatments, factors, etc.) and practiced giving examples of the various types of sampling. We also practiced calculating the mean and standard deviation, plotting box plots, and representing data on a stem and leaf plot. Based on our representations of the data, we practiced describing the central tendency and dispersion (skewed versus normal, bimodal, etc.)."
"We went over basic electrical concepts such as voltage, capacitance, electric fields, and how to utilize their equations in problems. We went over problems to better facilitate learning these concepts."
"I worked with Student 1 to review a composition analyzing Aristotle, discussing his logic. With Student 2, and with a larger group, we reviewed corrections to a translation he had done (from French to English) and finished a St. Francois de Sales chapter on "l'oraison.""
"The student had not completed an additional practice test, so we finished our review of concepts she had missed in the previous test. Overall, she continues to be strongest in science and has improved tremendously in the English section, so our grammar review was definitely helpful. My biggest areas of concern for the remainder of the week would be in reading and math."
"The student and I focused on math (basic math functions, converting words into equations, counting images), spelling (games) and phonics (timed exercises). She and I worked on her book report project. We created a basic outline of her project and discussed what will go where and how it will do so."
"Physics: reviewed friction and incline forces, including friction at an incline. Discussed lab for centripetal motion. Reviewed homework problems with suspended objects hanging from wires at angels with tension."
"The student has kept up with her work very well and understands the material. We did a few practice problems in the sections leading up to what she has already done and worked on a quiz. Then we moved on to a new section that involved a lot of economics. The main topics were Marginal Revenue, Marginal Cost, and that equating the two maximizes profit."
"Met family and discussed strategies for high school acceptance, as well as the student's strengths and weaknesses. Gave her a vocab diagnostic and reviewed words with her. Provided general study strategies."
"This session, we worked on a reading assignment in the textbook. The student already had a start on it. The student does pretty well at memorizing different forms when we work on them. I explained various pieces of grammar as we worked through it. He had to look up some of the vocabulary. After translating, we reviewed the passage again, as I encouraged him to do as much as he could to actually learn the Latin, rather than just memorize the English translation he produced."