Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student finished studying for her History and studied for Biology. She is well versed in her History and completed the review sheet for Biology. Explained in detail any questions the student may have had. I try to use examples that she can relate to and are relevant today."
"We reviewed the chapters the student read as homework. The student also took a test that covered all of the chapters we've read so far, as well as vocabulary words. She will finish reading the book for the next session."
"We reviewed sentence completion skills and began to explore the ways you can "map" a math problem before you even start to solve it. This would include examining the information provided in the problem. The information that you will need to bring to the problem and translating words into numbers. "
"The student and I worked on a list of vocabulary words taken from a previous reading. We worked on defining the words and then she worked on memorizing their meanings. We have also begun to create a list of words for her to learn. Every time she encounters a new word, we write it down with its definition. This will aid her in increasing her vocabulary and remembering new words. Then we worked on the difference between the interrogative words "que" and "cual." I created practice sentences for her, and she completed them correctly. Then we worked on the "whose" in same, which unlike English, reflects gender and number. I created practice sentences for her, which she completed quickly and correctly. Finally, we ended out session with listening practice. The student has improved greatly with her listening comprehension!"
"We discussed current events that relate to acts IV and V of Macbeth, as well as songs that relate to the three themes the student was assigned for her project. She will text or email when she has wrapped up her assignment, and I will give it one last look before she submits it Friday."
"Mini-project due for class regarding volume, lateral area, and surface area. She was asked to make a recommendation on what shape to use for a soda can based on those qualities. She understood the project pretty well."
"The student picked up some words today! I discovered that if you keep him very focused and repeat simple phrases, he will repeat them back to you. I think he is also learning how to understand me by using the peek-a-boo/hiding game (where instead of saying "I found you!" in English, I say it in Mandarin). His mother showed me the Chinese DVDs that they play for him. I am going to take a look at them and use them to tailor my tutoring for him."
"Reading and writing section review this time. Writing is probably the student's strongest section right now. For the reading section, we're working on summarizing passages. Many of the broader questions can be answered just by looking at topic sentences of paragraphs. We also discovered that the PSAT uses the word "implies" when it actually means "states.""
"I met with the parent's daughter tonight and went over everything she has been covering. I suggested she start keeping a spiral notebook for her notes in order to create an order to the progression through the class. She is a smart girl, and with a little organizational help I think she will do just fine in the class."
"The professor said to study for the final exam by reviewing previous tests. I gave the student problems from the test to see how he would solve the problem and guide him if he was having issues. He has a general chemistry review book which will provide an overview of each topic and some sample problems."
"The student continues to study basic geometry. We practiced applying the formulas for area, volume, and surface by working through a long-term problem set. the student should review basic rules of rounding and order of operations."
"The student and I went over her practice math level 2 subject test. I explained all the problems she got wrong and walked her through the correct way to solve them. We determined she struggles most with problems where functions are defined and the student is required to apply the defined function (ie. if x mod y is the remainder of x divided by y, what is 5 mod 3). She also struggles a bit with trig functions, so we went over SOH-CAH-TOA and inverse trig functions as well. She's going to take and score another practice test prior to our next session to see how she improves."