Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed some math concepts: trigonometric functions, geometry. Also continued our discussion of test taking strategies."
"My first session with the student went so well that his mom contacted me this evening to let me know his positive review. He and I took some time to introduce ourselves and to talk about his grades and skills. He is in some advanced classes, including History. He shared with me that he feels he is a stronger writer for History than he is for English. We explored why he feels this way and came to the conclusion that he does better writing for History because he is able to prepare for the prompt and he has a very structured format for writing based upon the type of prompt assigned. In History he mainly writes DBQs, Compare/Contrast essays, and essays on a change in content over time. I gave him a fairly easy prompt to assess his writing and he did very well. He stayed on topic and gave plenty of details. We discussed this piece of writing and then I gave him a grammar pre-test."
"The student and I met for an hour this morning. We went over general problems that are given on the military exam. The topics include simplifying radicals, fractions, and probability. We plan on meeting on Wednesday mornings starting at 10 a.m."
"For the quantitative section, we covered probability and statistics, word problems, and quantitative comparisons with exponents. We came up with a strategy for word problems that works as a backup. The student did quite well with both sentence equivalence and sentence completion. His vocabulary has improved a lot in the past two weeks. We also went through some reading comprehension using the strategies we've been practicing."
"The student worked hard today and did a great job. We read through a book and did multiple comprehension activities with the book. He is getting better and recalling details and also is looking up details in the text much more automatically now than he did when we first started working. He still struggles with making inferences from the text, but has a much better grasp of the main idea and details than he did when we started. Now that he has more confidence when looking answers up in the text, we can work more on making inferences, drawing conclusions from text and vocabulary development. Great job today!"
"This session covered recreating a program written in Go in the Rust language. We were able to complete the conversion, but we also took the time to discus how to recognize complexity concerns. Essentially, even though the function was working properly, we were making a test that only needed to be made once inside a recursive function. I showed the student how to address this issue by making a primer function that can do the check prior to entering the recursive function."