Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I sent a few links to a grammar website for the student to review punctuation rules, which seemed to be the only hiccup in the practice tests we did on Sunday. His writing has improved dramatically, so he should be in great shape for the essay portion of the exam."
"During this session, the student worked on more polynomial factoring problems, using many of the same methods as before, though presented in a different manner. He was very good about using factoring methods properly and was able to solve many problems with very little intervention. Afterward, we practiced the prime factorization of some large numbers, and I showed him how conjugate binomials differ from squared binomials."
"Today, the student and I reviewed 30 test problems completed for homework and reviewed 10 objective problems. I gave her one more practice test to take before her exam on Tuesday. She was also given the answers so she can try to problem solve and see what mistakes she is making. We will go over the problems she can not work through on Monday."
"Today we focused on the essay and reading comprehension. We set up an outline for a given essay topic. We discussed having an introduction, supporting details, and a conclusion. We then read a sample essay and critiqued it. What was good about it, how could we improve it. I then timed him on an analogies and reading comprehension section. He did well timing wise. We just need to keep increasing his vocabulary. H.W.- Outline for essay or choose a side and list examples or supporting details."
"The student and I reviewed phonemic awareness concepts by using letter tiles to make words. We read a level 4 reader and used decoding strategies for unfamiliar words then answered comprehension questions. I introduced story elements of "characters" and "setting" and we started a story map. Over the next several sessions, we will finish filling out the story map, then use those elements to write a story and illustrate it. We also reviewed high-frequency words by playing a recognition game."
"Covered topics that would be on the student's next test. Went over vocabulary (Ch 4), the relationship between wavelength and frequency, interference patterns, electron orbital configurations, and the exceptions to standard configurations. Briefly reviewed his lab."
"The student has his Chemistry test tomorrow, so we reviewed Chemistry, which we haven't worked on much this year. We went through some basic definitions in Chemistry as well as models of the atom. Then we worked on finding atomic number, atomic mass, and mass number, as well as the charge of various groups on the table. We practiced naming compounds from their formulas and creating formulas from names. Finally, we worked on Lewis dot structures."
"Today the student and I continued to prepare for the final. First we did so by reviewing some questions he missed on the chapter 10 test. This included changing mass to moles and moles to mass. After preparing for his chapter 11 retake these problems have been drilled into him. After reviewing this test we moved on to the review sheet that his teacher gave him to prepare for the final. A couple of the topics we really focused on were writing the electron configuration, changing a chemical name into a chemical formula and vice versa, and intensive properties of compounds."
"When I met with the student this time, both the student and her parents were excited. She took a practice test at the tutoring company they previously used and had scored a 33 on math! This is the kind of score that I knew she was capable of. We spent most of the time on English. In particular we worked on student as editor type questions where you have to revise paragraphs or insert new sentences into paragraphs. We spent the majority of the time on these problems. I left her another practice test and I hope to see her maintain math at or close to this new level while bringing up English. "
"I assessed the student's writing abilities. I discovered she is very bright and eager to share her knowledge. Areas for improvement include focus and attention to detail."
"In today's session we reviewed for the student's quiz by going over math concepts such as y-intercept, x-intercept, parallel and perpendicular lines, and solving two variable equations."
"We slowly went through the new sight words (with similarities and patterns built on previous sight words). She did great. We then read the third book in the series and she engaged with the story itself. We took the reading very slowly, stopping to discuss it at certain times."