Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Initial session with the student. Discussed her goals for taking the Algebra 1 and 2 exams on August 4th. Worked on simplifying radical expressions and the rules of exponents. Next session will cover factoring polynomials and graphing quadratic equations."
"The student and I worked on graphing polynomials. We talked about how to determine the end behavior of a graph, if the polynomial had an even or odd degree, and how many zeros the graph would have. The student is an extremely quick learner and catches on fast to new concepts."
"The student has decided that she would like to submit a draft of this paper to her professor on Monday. We continued working on the first half of the paper, which discusses George Washington Gomez and Literary Realism. She did some research on Realism and incorporated that into her discussion of the book. She was able to complete the discussion, and move on to the second book. She selected several episodes from the novel to cite in her discussion of the themes of labor, class, and gender roles."
"The student and I went through a biological sciences section and reviewed high-yield topics (kinetic vs. thermodynamic controls; Le Chatelier; organic functional groups; hormones; meiosis; probability). We also discussed ways to efficiently glean information from passages or to eliminate answer choices when she's not totally familiar with the content. She has gained a lot of confidence over our last few sessions, and I believe she's in great shape for her test tomorrow!"
"All of the midterm questions for review in preparation for the AP test. Topics covered were: DNA structure, chemical groups, enzymatic reactions, exergonic and endergonic reactions, structures of triglyceride and phospholipid, and meiosis (cross-over)."
"Today, I met the student for the first time. We discussed the general subject matter that he is covering in each of his academic subjects. We discussed the unit involving the Microscope in Science, and I tested him on his Mathematics flash cards. He knew the concepts involving the material on the flash cards. We also discussed the information and leads, that he is learning in English, as well as the book he is beginning to read. He did well during the first session and we will continue with our review of his scholastic material next week."
"I went over what the girls already know (basic vocab including numbers, colors, parts of the body, etc.). They still need some work retaining some vocabulary so we agreed that I would focus on vocab still while introducing them to simple phrases to work them towards learning full sentences. I am also going to begin to introduce verbs."
"The student learned sixteen spelling words with "gh/ph". He spelled seven out of sixteen words correctly, followed by rewriting each misspelled word three times. After which he composed a sentence with a misspelled word connecting them with the same idea and creating a story. He made a lot of easily correctable mistakes today, such as beginning several sentences with a small letter, writing "me" instead of "my", etc. We reviewed the capitalization rules and he practiced capitalizing the first letter of the sentence."
"Introduced myself to student. We identified her weaknesses together (most math topics and reading comprehension for verbal), and I taught her strategies for both math and verbal. We went over a number of different math topics (mostly number properties) and did a sample problem or two from each. We then went over three sample passages for reading comprehension, and I helped her to identify her incorrect answers and why they were incorrect."
"We covered acids and bases, the unit that the student will be quizzed on tomorrow in her Chemistry class. More specifically, we went over titrations and neutralizations, from both mathematical and experimental perspectives. We practiced problems using the concentration equation, M1V1=M2V2, and she became more comfortable with the mathematics as the session went along. We also talked about the titration experiment she did in class, which she had had trouble with before. I think she has a much better grasp on what she did in the experiment after I talked her through it, and I think that tomorrow she will take her time, read carefully, set equations up methodically, and do well on her quiz. "
"Today I worked with the student on strategies for the reading comprehension section of the assessment test. We reviewed strategies from our last two sessions pertaining to the verbal reasoning and essay sections. He competed several practice tests in the verbal section. He is showing progress using the strategies, and I assigned him follow-up homework."
"The student worked on his assessment test's practice reading assignment, in which he worked on reading the prompt and answering the questions. He did a great job writing notes and highlighting passages in the story to fully understand it. Lastly we finished up by working on summarizing "Of Mice and Men" chapter 3."