Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student is motivated and strives to do well. She's bright and understands concepts after I explain them. She is also very inquisitive, which is good. When doing her homework, I recommended her to refer to her notes and example problems in the book more often. She should do better if she employs these methods."
"I introduced a long list of common idioms that don't literally translate to English; for example, prepositions and phrases that require memorization. Among them were the prepositions "en cuanto que, con tal que, a menos que" and those that include verbs, such as "tener sentido, hacer caso" and so forth."
"The student and I worked on a logic/word problem that involved ordering of different heights. She also solved a few shape riddles and read a short story and correctly answered several comprehension questions. "
"The student and I reviewed vocabulary from her French course (romantic relationships, divorce, family, etc.,). Next week we'll be working on activities that will help to make the differences between past tenses passé compose and imparfait a bit clearer."
"The student and I had our first meeting today. We discussed AP Calculus for the most part, and went over some fundamentals in limits and derivatives, and solved some problems together. He seems quite self-motivated and shows a desire to genuinely understand the foundations. I assigned some of the challenging problems from the first 3 chapters for him to review. We also briefly touched on AP Chemistry and will pick it up starting next week."
"Began covering formal logic games and sequencing games concepts and problems. She routinely answered 4 or 5 of the 6 questions correctly for each problem, and commented that she now understood how to do formal logic games. She seems to be grasping the concepts very quickly."
"The student and I went over the material she needed to review for her first test. This material was exclusively chemistry from the previous year so we spent most of the time pulling the notes she needed from her chemistry binder. We also looked over her syllabus for the class and discussed some of the stuff she will be covering."
"In this session, the student and I went over his rough draft of the Scarlet Letter paper. I offered suggestions for how he can incorporate more detail into each paragraph and also how to shorten his quotations. I discussed with him what else he needs to do for the paper and also went over a timeline for the week with him so that he can keep himself on track to finish the assignment by Friday. He will check in with me on Wednesday evening via email, and I will review his completed draft and offer suggestions for improvement."
"During this session the student and I completed the first section of her PowerPoint presentation. She had been able to outline two of the four chapters between sessions, so we transferred the information from one of the chapters to the PowerPoint. I taught her a few tricks with the program and affirmed that she is taking appropriate notes. During our next session we will continue working on the PowerPoint."
"We ran through a problem involving the usual ANOVA table, regression analysis and regression line, then calculated residuals. I showed him how to do it all in Excel, including a plot of the residuals. We then went over the parameters for his next assignment - an analysis paper, including the outline."
"The student had a huge packet on the chemistry of carboxylic acids and amines. We made it through the entire packet together, and we found answers for every single one of the problems with evidence for every single one. I think she understood the process better this time, as we found things more quickly than before."
"This was my first session working with this student. We spent most of this time drafting an autobiographical essay for her application for seventh grade. The benefit of doing this as a first assignment was that we both got to know each other a bit, and became a bit more comfortable working together and discussing what it was she wanted to work on after we were done with her essay. After drafting the essay, we went ahead and proofread as much as we could. We will continue during our next session."