Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"On Tuesday May the 3rd, the student and I met for the last time before her SAT test on Saturday. We went over her score report some before diving into math topics. After that, we went over the math problems that she had missed on her practice tests, reviewed all math material, and then did several sections more of math practice. Her test is this Saturday the 7th; she's made some great progress and can really take it to the next level by studying for not only this test but for the next go around in the Fall."
"I met with the student for one hour. I brought books on 1st and 2th grade levels. He read Star Wars (1st) first with little problems except the strange names. Every few pages, I asked him to tell me about what he read of I asked him questions to help him with comprehension. He read two 2nd grade books-Halloween Poetry and Cam Jensen. We went over on time, but he wanted to finish. We talked about what an exclamation point means."
"Covered how to use the binomial probability set up on her calculator for both single events and ranges of successes. We also discussed ways to set up conditional probability problems and recognizing when a problem is referencing a binomial distribution, conditional probability, Bayes' theorem, etc."
"The student and I went over more prefixes and roots and practiced applying them in order to figure out the definition of a word. He has definitely shown improvement in his verbal skills and is becoming more comfortable with the analogy questions."
"The student and I started an actual practice test yesterday, which was great! We will have to focus on on the vocabulary, which is quite difficult on the ISEE. She is currently on the young end of the testing spectrum. Working on her vocabulary for the next several months will definitely help her make a huge improvement by the time she has to take the test next fall."
"We did Algebra levels 1-5 today. The student gets about 75% questions correct on practice problems, regardless of level, with more trouble on level 5 questions. Right now we are doing non-timed practice with as many problems as possible to feel more comfortable with questions. Once he gets to the point where he is getting about 90% of the questions right without a timer we will begin to practice timed questions to get him used to answering under pressure."
"We finished all of the student's practice word problems in Spanish. We read her non-fiction book and finished the summary for it. We added on to the matching game by having her match a paragraph to her spelling/vocabulary word. This was an extension of the earlier game since we had to match several sentences to the correct vocabulary word as opposed to just the single word before."
"Today we worked through a worksheet entirely about systems of equations. The process of substitution was new for the student. We took a step by step approach and that went over smoothly. He has shown marked improvement in solving an equation of a single variable."
"Today we covered basic literary devices (imagery, metaphor, rhyme scheme, etc.) and poetry. Students 1 and 2 read Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens. They had to identify the rhyme scheme and the way different literary devices were used in each poem and diagram the poem. Student 3 read from a book of summer poems and we focused mostly on imagery and rhyme. I had a chance to see their homework from last week and will use Friday's session to go over their stories and look at basic story writing principles of plot and structure."
"The student did an amazing job today. She surprised me with her reading skills of words that we went over 2 weeks ago. Without practicing she read through the two-letter words without any prompts. Given how well she did in that we moved onto learning 6 more short words by combining letter sounds to make out the word. We read books of her choosing and in a simple book she read some two-letter words very well. We worked on writing 3 different letters today and she did well but experienced some issues on lower case letters, though nothing that practice will not fix."
"The student and I went over the content he did in class this week, which was an introduction to solving single variable equations. He worked on manipulating and multiplying fractions with variables involved, and had some confusion about when to apply certain methods, such as cross-multiplication. I encouraged him to work at not jumping to procedures when reading problems, and instead focus on being clear about what the question is asking and allowing that to guide him in his solving procedure."
"Today we covered area of shapes, especially focusing on the logic behind the math. I had the student work through questions conceptually, as he sometimes seems confused about the reasons behind some mathematical principles. In chemistry, we worked on isotopes and atomic weights. We also discussed mass, density, and volume and how they are related to each other. He seemed more enthusiastic today. For next week, I asked that he come prepared with more questions from class so that I can better help him with the curriculum."