Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is taking a screenwriting class which requires a 15-page script. We worked together on solidifying his plot and hammering down important details for the storyline, discussing character development and narrative."
"The most pressing thing on the student's mind, Calculus-wise, was the quiz he had coming up on Wednesday; however, he had previously shown mastery of all concepts to be tested on the quiz, so rather than make him tense with extra drilling, I instead reviewed him for the quiz subtly through our other work. The student's newest lesson was on differentiating the natural exponential function, which I explained to him before guiding him through a graded worksheet due Friday and a practice problem set due next week (both of which contained thorough practice of the concepts for Wednesday's quiz). As expected given the simplicity of the concept and his past performance, the student had no trouble with the derivatives."
"The student wrote down the sentences I read out loud from the book. Then he practiced spelling and differentiating the sounds ending on a vowel vs. a consonant. He practiced writing the words in which one of the sounds are silent, such as "knot" and "wright". He completed one lesson from a test for 3rd grade reading. We finished the lesson by playing the hangman, having to guess the letter in the word."
"He had a lot going on in Spanish. He remembered quite well what we did last week and the grammar he is taking. We worked on answering some questions trying to see strategies and rules that can apply to elaborate answers. These were not common answers; he had to write opinions and thoughts to justify his point. We also worked in making the sentences richer and deeper. He had new vocabulary and he had to build sentences using it. The new vocabulary was unusual and challenging but he managed to do well. He has a lot of work to go but he is on the right track. "
"We did all of that day's homework assignment, along with half of the next day's homework assignment, along with half of the following day's homework assignment. Right now the unit that he is on is a combination of trig mixed in with algebra 2 and fractions. All of this material will re-appear next year in Calculus."
"This was the student's last session before she takes the ISEE exam. We reviewed the homework I had assigned her. We discussed a list of possible essay questions and built an idea bank. Finally, I encouraged her to continue working with the flashcards and did my best to build her confidence for test-day. We finished by discussing some details about test day (getting up early, making sure to eat a good healthy breakfast, etc.). "
"The student and I reviewed her test from the previous week and completed her study packet for the upcoming assessment exam. She needed help on solving some of the questions on the test, while it was easy to figure out her mistakes on others. Overall, she did well on the study guide. I recommended she practice more subtracting fractions with borrowing."
"Today the student and I prepared for his upcoming chemistry final. We did this by going through end-of-chapter standardized test practices. He had already done the majority of the review, but had skipped problems that he was unsure about. During the session, we went through those particular problems."
"The student received a 94 on the cardiovascular test, so that raises her to a solid B in the class! We went over granulocyte function today, B and T cells, the anamnestic curve from immunization and booster shots, and touched briefly on the complicated topics of cytokines, interferons, interleukins, and the like. Next session will involve pulmonary physiology."
"We reviewed for his unit test again. This review included all decimal work, and all fraction work, including changing mixed numbers to improper fractions, and ordering them. We also worked on place value and reviewed some previous work on sequences."
"We covered the completeness and accuracy of a larynx model that is required for her class and made modifications as necessary to meet the requirements for the model as set by the course instructor. We also covered the anatomy and physiology of mastication (chewing), deglutition (swallowing), and disorders related to these functions of the tongue, pharynx, larynx, and esophagus. The student did well on her last quiz that followed our last session. She has some trouble memorizing specific muscles involved in speech, but we set some practice goals to improve her retention."
"At our first session, I asked the student several questions to better understand her testing strategies. She told me her goal score and that she was a visual learner. I observed her think aloud for multiple problems in the math sections. She has a good elimination process already in place. With math, she needs time to decide which method to use when solving a problem. After the think alouds, I gave her a writing prompt and 25 minutes to write as much as possible. I will grade this assignment before our next session. At the end of the session, I told her to begin a running list of vocab words, to read newspaper articles to practice pulling out important info like in passages, and to take the diagnostic quizzes I sent her."