Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we continued our review in advance of the student's final. Today, we finished the review of the chapters on circles and transformations. She has a pretty good grasp of these chapters already, so I mostly had to remind her to be sure what the questions were actually asking and to check her work."
"I helped the student complete his homework assignment during this 2 hour period of creative writing on being lost in a forest. He first wrote 3 different beginnings, like his teacher suggested. Then, he made a list of feelings and senses used. Then he slowly started to build on the beginning he wrote. I helped edit his work for grammar and punctuation, and together we added in more adjectives and adverbs. At the end I helped him rewrite his intro. I also taught him about compound sentences and when it is appropriate to add in a comma in these."
"During this session the student and I spent the majority of the time working on long division and multiplication through the hundreds place value. The student did well with both of these lessons. The student seems to understand the process of division. The student is doing better with multiplication. Multiplication is definitely a strong skill and I feel certain that she is ready to move on beyond the hundred's place value."
"Assessment testing to determine weaknesses and strengths in grammar, reviewed reports and style of writing required, discussed best ways to move forward, identified areas of concern as capitalization, sentence structure and punctuation."
"The student had no new assignments so we worked together first in reviewing his returned AP art and AP world essays. We focused on thesis, analysis (elaboration, detail), transitions, and discussed a number of areas where he should ask his teacher questions-what she meant by writing I.C.E., how she wanted the 3rd body paragraph structured and how she likes citations to be handled. We then studied together for his AP world history test and reviewed the handouts/study sheets from his teacher. I taught the student how to use index/glossary. We focused on researching and understanding definitions and how to analyze language. He has gotten much better about not repeating words or using complex overly simple sentences."
"In order to cover more before the weekend, the student requested that we have a 3-hour session. We were able to cover a considerable amount of material and make some progress. Since the questions were taking awhile to get through, I suggested to her that she attempt the rest on her own. This way she could have specific questions ready for me for our remaining sessions."
"We discovered today that we need some practice on word problems particularly relating to: concentrating on the details in the question that are critical to solving it, understanding correctly what is given and what is being asked, and summarizing the given information in mathematical equations and/or symbols to be able to solve it."
"During this session, the student and I continued to review for his upcoming Chemistry final. We started by finishing up his study guide for the final. We also reviewed several concepts, some of which were quantum numbers, solubility rules, identifying spectator ions, writing ionic (and net ionic) equations, and we ended by reviewing reactions."
"Today we spent most of the session working on practice Geometry problems. The student stated that he would like to work more problems in our session and spend a few minutes with math every session. We also went over his planner and set goals for the rest of the week and personal deadlines."
"We reviewed the student's reading from last weekend's New York Times, inventorying difficult or idiomatic words and expressions. We proceeded to finish off Writing Section 6 in a timed exercise, and worked on his entrance exam as well."
"The student was an excellent pupil today. We read from the book - an advice column about libraries. This brought up a lot of new phrases and vocabulary to discuss. She wrote a lot of it down. I gave her homework to write some sentences using the word "should," a new word for her."
"The session last evening was a continuation of the topics we covered earlier - forces acting on objects resting on or sliding along surfaces both level and slanted, sometimes with weights and/or pulleys attached by cables. We worked through two or three more problems - clarifying such subjects as vector notation, what a constant velocity implies, overcoming static friction, and the direction of the frictional force. The student seemed to understand better than last time. The biggest challenge at this point seems to be the process of setting up the problem - converting the words and rough diagram given in the book into solvable algebraic equations. She seems to be developing the good habit of keeping track of her units, and is starting to see why clarity and good labeling are important."