Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was our first session. The student had a worksheet that gave a practice problem for pretty much all the topics they've covered this semester, so we made it about halfway through that. We've covered equations of lines, writing equations from word problems, writing inequalities, and we just had a lightbulb moment with graphing :)"
"I will be tutoring the student at 5:00 regularly now. She did not have homework, so she read her new book Henry and Mudge Under the Moon. She also read part of Young Cam Jansen and the 100th Day of School Mystery. At 5:55, I had her do the questions at the back of the book that deal with looking at a picture in the book and answering questions. She answered 4 of 5 questions correctly, which is very good. She really likes the Cam Jansen series that deals with photographic memory."
"The student was having trouble with an assignment his teacher gave about dihybrid crosses without the use of a 16-space Punnett square. We also reviewed 11.2-11.4 in his textbook."
"Topics covered include simple harmonic motion, rotational energy, and rotational dynamics. We made progress in better understanding the equations involving the topics and applying them to class assignments."
"Started work on review for his final. Today was mostly focused on exponential and rational functions. He is doing fairly well though he still struggles with applications, so that was what we made sure to focus on. The good news is that he got a 85 on his conics test."
"We went over the student's algebra homework. I showed him how to answer questions in each section. I told him to prepare an outline for his geography class for the next time we meet."
"We did double-digit addition - no carryover - and the student had to add them mentally. She sometimes switched the place values of the digits, but then did very well by the end. We also did the math review for her chapter page in her homework, going over vocabulary and comparing 3-digit numbers to decide which is bigger. We practiced naming place values to the thousandths place. We practiced her spelling, which she does very well; her only problem was differentiating the three spellings of "to/two/too" and knowing how to use each one in a sentence. Finally, we read three short poems and discussed them - what they meant, why the author might have used a funny spelling, why the person in the poem liked doing what they were doing."
"The student and I continued work on his essay over Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham Jail. We worked to solidify his thesis and flesh out his arguments. The student was attentive and worked hard. The session was quite fruitful."
"The student and I worked on finishing out the math section of her practice ISEE book. She is more confident with geometry questions than she was last week. We also discussed testing strategies and methods to speed up her testing pace. Next session we aim to work on vocabulary and reading sessions."
"Worked with the student today on her math packet. She has her test coming up, so the packet was in preparation for it. She is very bright and happy and has a fun time working on every subject. We often enjoy cracking jokes together about the problems as we go through them together. She is very pleasant and smart, which makes it really easy to work with her. We finished the 50 math problems within the hour. Had a good time."
"Over the weekend, the student completed the last practice test in her ACT book independently. We spent most of our time today looking over that and discussing the problems she missed. I am so impressed by how much she's improved over the time I've worked with her! Because she has worked completely through her book, we spent the rest of today's session going through math problems on the ACT website. I emailed her a PDF version of an ACT we can use for the rest of the week."
"The student and I covered multi-step equations; equations with variables on both sides; Ratio and proportions. In order to note progress on him, I made him solve all the odd exercises throughout each section after we together did all the even exercises. He struggled the most with the concept and application of ratios. It was a little bit hard for him to understand the unit ratio specifically; for this reason, I provided him with extra exercises and real life situations where he will need to know how to use the unit ratio. After some extra examples, he did get this concept, but I still left him with some homework to make sure of his understanding. The student, as always, has some homework for our next tutoring session. He is very responsible with his assignments. I can already see improvement in his algebra 1 skills!"