Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered a lot of new PSAT vocabulary. The student took well to my explanations and memory tips for each new word."
"We went over some more games sections and some logical reasoning that she had taken the previous week. We discussed making good diagrams for the games and not over-thinking the logical reasoning questions. She seems to be getting more comfortable with the test and after discussing the ones she had questions on she seems to feel better. She is going to focus now on the logical reasoning because those questions constitute 50% of the score."
"Today the student and I covered photosynthesis in detail. We first discussed the difference between light reactions and dark reactions (Calvin cycle) and the inputs and outputs of both. We then looked at each type of reaction individually. We talked about the two photosystems present in the light reactions and the transfer of electrons throughout them, and then talked about the three phases of the Calvin cycle. We ended the session by comparing photosynthesis with cellular respiration."
"We covered trigonometric functions in pre-calculus. Topics included properties of trigonometric functions, the unit circle, periodicity, degrees to radians conversion, right triangles, quadrants, and the inverse of sine, cosine, and tangent functions. For each topic, important points were discussed and homework problems were solved."
"The student identified the coins using both the back and front of each coin and their values. He completed a "money sort" in which he matched coin values with the correct coins on a piggy bank. For example, when he saw a nickel, he'd match it to 5cents. He added up values of pennies, nickels and dimes by using the skip-counting skill. The extension of this activity was to independently add like coins and write the amount on a white board. He wrote about a special day in his life. (Note: I was especially proud of how well the student wrote today. I updated the teacher on the student's progress and gave him the homework assignments for the week. 5."
"The student and I worked mostly on reading comprehension today. We discussed strategies for questions. We also went over her writing assignments that she had completed and talked about working on being descriptive and creative. We also worked on word problems. We also practiced multiplication."
"The student completed practice test #3 sections 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, & 10 in preparation for this session. We reviewed his performance on these sections, focusing on incorrect answers. In general, the student did very well on the problems he completed, but ran out of time before finishing the last few problems in most sections. We talked about strategies for doing problems more quickly, and we will focus more on time management in upcoming sessions. The student definitely seems to be improving on accuracy on the problems he attempts, and he is quick to fix mistakes he has made in incorrect problems, often incorporating problem-solving strategies we have discussed in previous sessions."
"Today we were doing a review of the strategy for the reading section and the science section. She did a practice math section while I was gone and has tremendously improved on that part - her score on that test was a 29, which is a huge jump from the 18 she got originally."
"We spent the majority of the time developing the student's outline for his history research paper and marshalling the supporting evidence for it. He still needs to go through his sources and pull out the relevant supporting information. We tweaked the intro and thesis statement a bit. Towards the end we completed his review sheet for religion. He was courteous and cooperative, and great to work with."
"The student and I started off by completing a challenging math section while I reminded her of techniques and strategies. We then reviewed all of her vocabulary sets, and then we practiced 2 analogy and 2 synonym sections. I think she will do well!"
"I gave the student a homework assignment to set the rule book aside for a while and simply free write for 20 minutes per day, as well as finding something to read that is interesting and appealing to him and tor read for content as well as writing style."
"The student and I covered the kidneys and the pharmacology of diuretics. Because this was our first session together, we also spoke a lot about her pharmacology class and what she needs out of our sessions together. The student will be submitting her homework for class to me on Sunday for review before she turns it in."