Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over his homework for this week on inequalities - solving, word problems, with absolute values, and number lines. He occasionally would forget to switch the inequality sign when multiplying or dividing by a negative number. Went over getting him to critically check his work, since he tends to make simple mistakes."
"We focused primarily on the science section of the test, with a lot of emphasis on pacing and coming back to passages that are difficult or taking a long time to complete. The student will do science homework for the next lesson and time the passages."
"We finished another short story and worked on her pronunciation. She really has a lot of interference from English, so I will go along with her father's expressed desires to work exclusively on pronunciation. I am working with her on language register: tu/usted."
"The student and I worked on polynomials, particularly dividing polynomials with exponents. We reviewed rules for multiplying and dividing exponents and raising them to further exponents. We made progress in keeping the difference between exponents and coefficients straight. I reminded him of the importance of some nightly work on math to retain these techniques."
"Today, the student and I worked through her review packets and problems to review for her test this coming Tuesday. Unfortunately, on her last quiz she had some trouble with sig figs, and a couple definitions that she did not have in her notes. She definitely grasps all of the acid and base related concepts really well. Although I'm sure she was disappointed about her last quiz, I am not worried at all about her understanding of what the test will cover. She will talk to her teacher about sig figs to make sure she follows the teacher's rules and I made sure that we went over the vocabulary questions that she missed on the quiz. I wish her the best of luck with her test and I know she will do well!"
"The student can comfortably carry a conversation about introducing himself. He knows some colors well, some x sound words, family members, and asking if someone wants tea. We also talked about his summer plans. After next week, he will have summer vacation to his hometown. When he comes back, he would like to take lesson once a month."
"The student told me where they are now in class, and we practiced some problems in each of the sections. Currently, she is struggling with distance problems and what to name each variable. I think next week we will work on her homework, and I will bring some psat test word problems for her to work with. We will see how much we can improve defining variables."
"Reviewed unit 3's vocabulary list focusing on concepts that the student needed support with, especially taxes, what causes the supply and demand curves to shift, and various effects related to externalities. Also went over issues with marginal social cost/benefit and marginal personal cost/benefit. Went over practice worksheets and homework Talked about various strategies to help during quizzes and tests."
"The student and I met with her biology teacher, who explained exactly what she needed to do to make up her biology portfolio. He also mentioned that they're starting the new unit next week, which gives her enough time to make it up over the weekend. The teacher also explained concepts that the student had questions about. We then outlined the student's homework assignments and her make-up work. I then coached her through her English assignment."
"The student and I completed her social studies homework, which was a crossword based on a map and a written paragraph about Indian cultures. She was able to determine the core question and answer it accurately! Then, in practicing reading comprehension, she was able to gather information about characters based on the written text. Well done!"
"The student reviewed some problems involving vector summation. Also worked on trigonometry, including how to convert the trig functions and make substitutions to simplify the equations. Covered laws of periodicity for sine, cosine, and tangent and I showed her how to use her calculator to find the zeros of those functions."
"This session, we started off working on the student's website for his Lewis Carroll project for English class. He had some struggles with the site he was using to create the webpage, but was making progress on getting it to do what he wanted. We will continue with this on Wednesday. The rest of the session, we worked on a geography assignment that is due this week, creating a table analyzing different world agricultural patterns. The assignment essentially involved pulling data from a series of maps in the textbook to create a synthesis to help understand the different patterns of agriculture found worldwide. We got partway through the assignment before the end of the session, and he had it pretty well in hand, once we realized that a couple of fields had been accidentally entered in the wrong place. I also brought up his geography reading, to be sure that he had been doing preparation for his upcoming quiz."