Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on some Math homework, and I assisted him with the power of ten problems, as well as slowing down, a bit, for the sake of accuracy. Next, we started working on his exam workbook. The student is a bright boy, and I am trying to get him to focus on the exam questions and to work at a faster pace than he has been used to doing. He seemed to understand that a bit more speed may help his comprehension as well as focus on the material. I had him imagine he had a metronome close by and try to work at a steady pace."
"We had to reschedule yesterday for today due to the bad weather. I tutored both girls. Student A and I worked on cumulative review of negative number and absolute value. Student A is needing to slow done and read the question before answering them. Student B continued working combinations, permutations, independent, and dependent events. Student B does not have a problem using her calculator to solve the problem, it's setting up the problem. Student B is improving in her math abilities."
"Worked on passage based reading sections and a few math sections. We did timed reading sections, and saw some solid improvement after the second attempt. We are planning on continuing this for the next session."
"Today I met with the student for the first time to start SAT prep. We started with a general review of what the test is like, tips and strategies for each section, and each type of question. Then we focused on writing. We went over grammar basics for this section, and we went over the initial SAT practice test that he took. Then we finished with discussing the vocabulary questions on the reading section of the test."
"I had the student run a quantitative reasoning section under time. He preformed very well. We worked on percentages and spent the end of the session reviewing vocabulary, which seemed to be well-retained."
"Today we got through 2 of the longer chapters covered on the student's politics final. This exam will be the hardest of her three finals because it will be all essays and it covers the most material. Unlike her other courses, she will have no review sheets and will not know the essay questions beforehand."
"We worked on a factoring worksheet in order to prepare the student for a quiz that he will be taking today on these topics. This was a review of the processes and rules for factoring that we have been learning the past two weeks. He is making some definite progress with factoring though he is still having a little bit of trouble understanding and executing foil, which is necessary to check his work. Overall, he felt confident about the quiz based on self-assessments taken in class."
"The student and I worked on reading/spelling, with a focus on sound recognition. We looked at books together and selected words to spell out. He initially was not interested in participating, but with some improvising and more playful techniques we managed to finish the session on a strong note. He enjoys performing/being on the move and we seem to cover lots more when he's able to participate through some physical activity."
"The student and I worked on science. We continued talking about speed and practiced some calculations. We also looked at a few simulations online with speed and the student was able to manipulate a graph of distance vs time and then observe the resulting motion of a car."
"Reviewed homework with the student. Working on multiplication with decimals as well as fractions. She is going to begin memorizing her multiplication tables. Also reviewed some of her language arts homework."
"For this session right before the student's midterm exam, I created a practice test consisting of 77 multiple-choice questions and 4 essay questions. The practice test covered all of the major units that will be on the midterm exam--Age of Absolutism, Age of Discovery, Industrial Revolution, French Revolution, and Imperialism. She did very well on the multiple choice, scoring an 85%. She completed 2 of the essay questions (because we had to move on to other things) but her analysis of the French Revolution was good. She will review the essay on comparing two Enlightenment theories and theorists before the exam. We then went through a list of vocabulary words that her teacher had posted online and she knew the majority of them. The ones she was unfamiliar with will be where her focus should be in the next day of studying."
"We focused mostly on physics problems, specifically those covering centripetal force, gravitational force, and harmonic motion. I am going to try to find some extra practice problems, and I left him my physics textbook to use in addition to his."