Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed ch. 5 and ch. 6 in the book today. He has a solid background on these topics but has not studied them in a couple months so we went through them quickly. We covered topics such as the ideal gas law, Charles' law, and stoichiometry. We did a lot of practice problems on stoichiometry to make sure he has it down. We are going to take the first test in the book on next Tuesday when we meet up again"
"The student and I worked through four SAT reading comprehension passages, two of which were comparative. We spent time moving through the passages on a paragraph level for detail retention and finding evidence to support a correct/ incorrect answer choice. She did better with questions referring to vocabulary words and particular sentences."
"We reviewed an essay the student had written and compared it with the benchmarks in her prep book. Then she took a section of the test, which I timed. We reviewed responses afterward."
"Today, we focused primarily on geometry, since the student has never taken geometry in school. We looked a lot at finding area and perimeter of various shapes, and we especially focused on triangles. I also introduced SOH CAH TOA, which she had never been taught before and is a useful mnemonic device to help figure out information. She learned some new math vocabulary, including supplementary and complementary angles, which she is going to keep track of in a running log of new things she's learning. We briefly touched on some test-taking strategies, such as time management tips and advice for when it's better to guess versus leaving a question blank. Next session, we are going to take a look at Critical Reading and see if we can also make improvements in that area. I feel very confident that we can bring her SAT score up to where it needs to be!"
"This was a good session where we did a lot of problems from the online learning tool website. Topics covered include the volume of a cone, volume of a cylinder, volume of a sphere, surface area of a sphere, graphing a line (y=mx+b), finding the slope and y-intercept of a line from two points, and simplifying expressions. Important next steps will be taking a timed test that is scored and memorizing volume formulas!"
"We finished correcting the rest of the student's math practice test and took a practice verbal and quantitative reasoning test. He did very well on the verbal test. We will grade and go over the quantitative test in the next session."
"Today, we covered the writing section and essay of the SAT. The student had a positive attitude toward tutoring."
"The student and I met for the first time today and did some preliminary work together in science and math. She feels more confident with the other sections, so I've left her with a practice section in English to look over before we meet next. She is a visual/ global thinker who needs to see the path to the solution in order to succeed, so we'll work on testing strategies that match her learning style as we move forward. Please let me know if you have any questions!"
"The student had some great improvement on the Writing section this week. However, his Critical Reading score still has room for improvement, so we planned some new strategies such as doing certain questions as he reads the passage. Math was solid, but he continues to make a few minor errors, keeping him from an 800. I cautioned him about the need to read the questions carefully. For next week, I asked him to complete practice tests modeled on the new version of the SAT."
"During today's session, the student and I focused on math and science. We started with functions and did multiple practice problems involving plugging functions into other functions. While these were difficult for him at first, he caught on to the process of plugging in expressions into other expressions. As part of this lesson, we also worked on FOILing, which is not something he has previously studied in class. Next, we moved on to the science section and did some review of genetics and Punnett squares. We spent the rest of our time working on questions that required interpretations of graphs and Punnett squares."
"The student finished editing his essays to apply to high school. He read over all of them and did most of the editing work while I guided the process. He is pretty happy about the final products for most of the essays. He is also improving his writing/editing abilities, avoiding words like "very," the use of the passive voice, and overuse of the word "this.""
"The student has her scores from the Middle Level test she took in December. We are pleased with her 97th percentile overall score. Instead of additional test prep, in today's session, we went over the various short answer/essay questions for her school application. None of them were long, and she had already drafted responses to most of the questions. The biggest thing I had to do, aside from some minor grammatical work, was help her shorten some of her responses where she tried to put too much information into them. I also reviewed the parent statement and made a couple of minor edits to that."