Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I had our first session. We worked on reviewing Chapter 5 in his geometry text, the chapter that was most heavily covered in his exam before the break. It is fairly clear that he can comprehend the material, so we worked through a lot of practice examples together."
"The student worked on his problem of the day from school. He knew how to solve the problem with drawings and words. Then he worked on number boxes. He read two stories. One story was for finding the main idea and concluding sentence. The other story was for comprehension and writing. He also worked on addition with decimals. The student easily reads words from the sixth and seventh grade levels."
"She had three assignments for tonight and we actually finished all three. She is much better at division now in terms of speed. She still makes the occasional mistake but she notices when she does. There was an assignment where she had to write about how she would know if a type of chip had more fat than another and she also had to finish up the assignment she did a few weeks ago relating to her house's floor plan."
"The student had some terms and questions to cover for his next class discussion, so we went over information concerning the Hapsburg Empire and the rise of attitudes in Europe that contributed to the start of WWI. When he seemed to have those concepts down well enough to follow a class discussion we turned back to notes he needs to finish from first semester concerning the French Revolution. I briefly explained the situation in France and some of the political dealings that contributed to the revolution, which we plan on covering in depth next time. He listens well and takes good notes and always asks questions when he needs to have something clarified."
"Today I met with the student to discuss some of her old calculus exams. We worked through the problems she missed on her first two exams. We went over methods for computing limits and determining equations of tangent and normal lines to a curve. She seemed to have a better grasp of the things that went badly on her exam at the end of our session."
"Discussed the teachers the student has and what her work load will look like in her different classes. Reviewed summer reading (1984). Set plan for coming home from school and keeping her planner up to date every day. Reviewed syllabi that have been received, etc."
"With the student's test on Saturday we spent Friday on pure review, starting with the reading comprehension strategies introduced on Wednesday, and then moving on to some difficult math problems to get him warmed up. After, I had him go through half a practice test (1 math and 1 verbal section.) I was pleased with the results of both, but especially the reading. The student was able to get through most of the sample section with reasonable accuracy."
"The student and I discussed a strategy for questions on improving paragraphs, and then did a question set. We then practiced questions on improving sentences, which she mentioned she had trouble with. After that, we did 15 multiple choice math questions from the prep book. The student did most of these correctly and quickly, which is very encouraging. We finally ended with three short reading passages and some sentence completion questions."
"We did our first hands-on review of vocab and, as I expected, the student is good at using the non-vocab skills to solve and effectively guess on the vocab questions. I had him do 10 grammar questions to test the grammar rules we had gone over, and he did pretty well, with a few problem areas (semicolons, misplaced modifiers). We spent the bulk of the session going over a math section, including sequence problems, "very hard" geometry problems, special right triangles, and advanced function problems. I assigned 4 sections again for next time, including an essay."
"I met with the student today for the first time in several weeks. He was not completely pleased with his March scores, especially in reading. Reading has been his strongest section, but was his lowest score on this test. In addition, he found the essay prompt to be difficult. We reviewed reading passage strategy. The student had been a bit resistant to doing anything but reading and answering questions in a straightforward way, and I hadn't really pushed him because he was doing well. Now he is willing to consider trying different methods, and we practiced them together with some success. In reviewing his score report, there seemed to be an indication of some weakness in algebra, so we began an algebra review that he will continue on his own."
"To switch gears from all math, all the time, we worked on grammar. The student intuitively understands many grammar concepts, but feels he has never been formally taught grammar rules. I will bring some worksheets on modifiers and semicolons next time for him."
"The student and I worked a lot on vocabulary and sentence completions, using some games to make things fun! We also worked a bit on some loose ends in math, but she is very prepared! I've loved working with her. Good luck with everything!"