Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since the student didn't finish previous prompt (writing fright), he worked on it for most of the session. After looking it over, we realized that most of the piece dwelled on plot summary instead of original observations. We will talk more about how to do that at the next session. He is to finish the prompt and edit it slightly (adding punctuation, fix spelling where he can) and bring a hard copy to our meeting so we can go over it together."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed the first three chapters of her online math class, reviewing basic number concepts, basic function graphing and translations, solving quadratic equations, dealing with unreal numbers, and solving inequalities. She is making progress, and it's a very good thing that we're going back to review some of these fundamental concepts before moving on."
"The student is picking up the sets game quite well and enjoys a good challenge. He completed a total of 29 ISAT Grade 3 questions in the first two tutoring sessions. We're finding that he makes simple mistakes and is able to self-correct after being prompted to re-read the question and re-evaluate his answers. We will complete the multiple choice questions and then begin discussing the extended response rubrics during the next session. It will be on Thursday at 7pm."
"Provided some basic trig instruction on sine, cosine, and tangent functions including amplitude, phase angle, period, and frequency. Provided each of the students with copies of trig formulas. Demonstrated sketching graphs of trig functions. Also, graphed on the graphing calculators. Reviewed a number of homework problems as well. Next session a week from today at 3:30PM."
"We used her official SAT guide book (older first edition) and went through a math and a verbal section in practice test 1. I found that she has a very good and mature attitude about working towards a better score on the SAT. She tends to become overwhelmed by tricky wording, so I am working on having her work out problems step-by-step. She has a good educational background, and from here it is just a matter of practice and review so she can feel more confident. I have asked her to memorize some vocabulary words and to do a math, verbal, and writing section on her own. I will also ask her to buy some more review books for practice and assign some homework from it."
"Since he just took his PSAT this week we now began looking at the essay section. He's written five-paragraph essays before so he knows the structure but I want him to get used to writing it in 30 minutes and if necessary making it a four-paragraph essay. We also looked at some of the Vocabulary and Reading sections. He will be taking the test in December so we will get an idea of how he is doing then."
"The student got 100% on her chapter 11 quiz, so was extremely happy about that. We went through a review for chapter 11 and 12 to help prepare her for her test on Monday. She had a whole bunch of practice problems her teacher had given her that we worked through. There were a couple of small concepts that she was a little shaky on, but by the time we had worked through the problems, she was doing very well with them. I feel like she's gotten a much better conceptual understanding of statistics than when I first started with her. I sent her more example problems to work over the weekend and I expect she'll do well on her test."
"Student 1completed geometry homework while student 2 worked on math and history. Student 1 covered similar triangles and quadrilaterals, while student 2 worked mostly independently on example problems of population growth (exponential growth) equations, and then a history section on the US entering WWII. I walked student 1 through several conceptual approaches to looking at ratios and division signs, as well as doing sight-solving of cross-products."
"The student and I spent a large portion of our time going over chord progressions and how to write and read triads. After covering that, we worked through bonding angles for his chemistry class. He understands it all pretty well."
"We continued working with money today. We reviewed different ways to add up to 100, make change, and also worked through word problems. The student did awesome and I was impressed with his mental math skills. We also played an addition card game that tested his skills further and was a good break in between lessons."
"Reviewed for final exam using a study guide and practice problem sets. Focused on ways to remember lists of important details and formulas as well as longer direct proofs using the most expanded set of inference rules."
"The student did very well with the Logic Questions today. He has a natural ability for these types of problems but was also willing to try the strategies I gave him, which improved his abilities. He is getting better at not "second guessing" himself and having confidence in his answers."