Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"From what the student told me about his classes, he didn't have much homework or upcoming tests. Therefore, I decided to move into his next Biology unit on Chemistry. We began walking through the book, defining terms and relating them to real-life examples. He seemed to get the definitions and understand them well. It may have helped that this was his first time through the material, and he had not yet tried to learn it a different way. Today was a very encouraging start to a new unit in biology."
"The student and I worked on various magnetism and induction problems to help her review for the test tomorrow, and finished up an online physics assignment. We also worked on another homework assignment regarding optics."
"During today's session, I aided the student in her preparation for an exam covering the Endocrine System and the Immune System. Her test is later this week and she has a lot of material to memorize, especially hormones, the glands that produce them, their target organs, etc. She understood the basic concepts presented in these two units, but she is required to memorize the different types of immunity, humoral and cellular and the differences between the two. She must understand and memorize information on B & T cells, immune diseases (autoimmune diseases, allergies, HIV/AIDS), and other concepts in the immune system. We spent a great deal of time reviewing important concepts, as dictated in an outline that we prepared as study sheets. With a lot of studying and preparation, the student should do well on the exam."
"The student and I discussed several research topics for her upcoming research paper. We narrowed topics down first by her personal interests. Secondly, we created questions to explore in each of the remaining topics. We eliminated topics, the bulk of which we had questions regarding that could be easily answered with yes/no/simple factual answers. She ultimately chose the city of Paris to focus her research upon and created 5 or 6 questions she would like to answer with her research, primarily regarding Parisian culture. In our next session, we will cover math topics such as number theory and decimals more in-depth, as well as explore plagiarism vs. paraphrasing and effective note taking."
"We reviewed vocabulary terms for the SAT and will continue to try and strengthen the student's skills in understanding vocabulary that is seen on the test. We defined difficult terms and identified word parts in order to help her identify the terms. She did extremely well when being tested on the vocabulary terms given. We continually reviewed these terms and will continue to do upwards of 30 terms per session. This will ensure that her vocabulary is strong when she takes the exam in March. We began to look at the Reading Comprehension portion towards the end of our session."
"Last night the student and I focused on the language skills section of the exam. She did REALLY well and was very focused. She definitely feels confident in her language skills and it shows. She missed hardly any questions during the practice test and I was very proud of her. Whenever she did make a mistake she easily identified the correct answer. She has made some fantastic progress these past few weeks!"
"The student and I went over sentence fragments and comma splices, and he practiced creating compound sentences from run-on and grammatically incorrect sentences. We worked on pre-writing for his Thanksgiving composition assignment, and went over how to properly re-read a text to prepare for a test using his history book."
"The student and I worked on verbal strategies again and set a plan to focus on general chemistry for next week."
"We talked about what the student found challenging when she took the SAT in November. Based on this, we mainly focused on writing multiple choice and reading sections. We discussed specific grammatical principles (to be expanded on in future sessions) as well as overall test-taking strategies."
"-We began the session with a review of site words adding approximately 20 new words that are advanced 2nd to 3rd grade. -We began to read Off to Kindergarten (book chosen by the student)- read the first half of book; his reading fluency has improved."
"The student and I began the session by reading studies skills story to finding textual information, explaining it in your own words, and answering comprehension questions. Next, he read a studies skills story on how to use prior knowledge to your advantage before reading and studying text. He then read a story on how to write an outline using Roman Numerals and Arabic letters. We needed the session by creating words with letters provided and finding them in a word search."
"Good session with the student. We talked over various problems in his applied math class. We went over one of his exams. Had a long talk with the student and his parents about school and how to try to use parent-teacher meetings more effectively."