Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Activity: Writing assessment. Topic Idea: Generation. Organization: Sentence Development. Progress: It was a pleasure meeting the student for the first time! He demonstrated excitement and motivation throughout our session. We will begin working on idea organization in our next session!"
"Reviewed Geometry for upcoming test focusing on determining congruency between triangles (e.g., side-side-side, side-angle-side, etc.); reviewed Chemistry for upcoming test focusing on balancing equations."
"The student has a vocabulary quiz this week, so I reviewed the vocabulary with her, and I showed her a couple of different ways to memorize vocabulary when one has to study by oneself. We talked about the words, and I kept quizzing her until she felt confident about the material."
"Reviewed exam and homework problems. Polynomials: Lowest Common Denominators, Multiplication, Division of Polynomials with multiple terms. Emphasized the need to distribute negative signs across terms. Helped with organization of work."
"Synthetic division and long division of polynomials, finding roots through synthetic division, and remainders and quotients of polynomial function. Student has trouble because she mixes up her signs and makes odd mistakes on simple addition and subtraction due to carelessness. She seems to have a good grasp of the material, though she struggles slightly with full out long division."
"The student and I worked on her book report final draft. We reviewed the sections she had done, editing for grammar and structure. We spent time reworking her character descriptions, making sure they did not devolve into plot summaries. Then we focused on completing and paring down the plot summary. The student did a good job overall. I think we have to continue to develop a clear story and include only relevant details. We can also continue to work on grammar and writing style."
"This session the student had taken another test and did not get the jump in score that she was hoping. We are still focusing on logical reasoning, which remains her toughest section. This time she had a few minutes left on her games section, so she had started on the fourth game and got one question. I advised her to put that extra time into the three games that she completes, so she can get every single one of those questions right and then will probably pick up one guess on the last game. For both logical reasoning and reading comp she was having trouble with inference questions this time. we focused on "thinking like a lawyer," taking her time and really finding support for every one of her answers."
"The student and I mostly spent of our time working on strategies on the writing section and the logic games section. In the writing section we talked about what would contribute to an effective essay. In the Logic Games section we worked on some techniques for getting through certain types of games faster. For the remainder of the session we continued working on logical reasoning questions."
"The student and I began the session by reviewing the homework that was assigned. We spent 15 min on each section, going over the problems that she missed and finding the correct approach and answer. Then, we spent the remaining time reviewing the final 6 chapters of the test prep book. We spent approximately 15 min on each section, reviewing the correct approach and completing practice problems."
"We reviewed a few more advanced linear games and then went through grouping games and sequencing games. We didn't have tons of time to spend on them, but she seemed to grasp them a bit more quickly than the linear games and she also has some drills to practice if she would like. I definitely think she is better prepared than when we first started."
"Today we went over several questions the student had on the last practice exam she took. She is going to read through the introduction to the logic games book for tomorrow and finish reading through the explanations for her last exam. We will continue to try to gain a more thorough understanding of what makes the correct answer the "best" answer, particularly when it is not the only "right" answer."
"This was my final session with the student. We focused our attention on two math tests and went over the answers. The questions covered a wide range of topics ranging from the area of shapes, volume of shapes, rates, ratios, and probability."