Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I talked in greater detail about the immune system. We talked about how memory and plasma B cells function, how cytotoxic T cells function and how macrophages work together with B cells to help destroy pathogens (via endocytosis and lysosomal fusion). We reviewed what an antigen and antibody were as well as how B and T cell receptors are similar in structure to antibodies. We talked about how vaccines work, too."
"The student and I worked on the math section I assigned her for homework. We discussed the questions she answered incorrectly. After that, I had her sit and take a timed critical reading section with a long double-passage at the end. I picked through it and asked her to look up the list of vocabulary that she didn't understand and reread it for homework. I also gave her another excerpt to read."
"Introduced simple foods as a topic (i.e. water, bread, milk, etc.) and tied it into colors we'd reviewed the last lesson. Also reinforced counting up to 10 with food book and drawing activities. Pre-taught basic adjectives: happy/sad/tired/strong/etc."
"The student and I began with a discussion of her needs and goals for the remainder of her tutoring sessions and analyzed her strengths and weaknesses from her last formal ACT test as a diagnostic. Her homework for the next week is to complete two full math test sections and carefully time herself per problem. Because the ACT math section becomes progressively more difficult throughout the test, I suggest that she take one of the full math tests working backwards. On Monday, we'll go over her math tests and discuss her diagnostic Reading Comprehension and English scores."
"The student and I covered molecular geometry, polarity of molecules, and hybridization in this session as well as looking over his lab report. The main thing he needed to work on for his lab report was including more detail in the abstract and results section. After the session, the student better understood how to determine the shape of a molecule as well as its polarity and the central atom's hybridization."
"Met the student and got to work. He is a sharp guy so we got through a lot of math, vocabulary, and some analogies as well. I think that if we run through a little math as a refresher he will be all set to go. Tomorrow I think we will be doing more analogies/vocab, working on the reading section, and maybe a little math as well. But it was a fun session; he is a funny kid and motivated."
"The student focused on the math portion of her SAT today. Since she has extra time and is finishing the sections with plenty of time, she will have time to plug things in. We also looked at several problems that needed educated guesses, and talked about how most of the problems are not about eighth grade math level, per say, but are worded in tricky and confusing ways."
"Today we went over the student's test from the previous week. She got a high score 55/60 and felt she needed to go over the concepts again. I went back over the concepts in the test with her. In addition, we began to get through the objectives. Parents would like another tutoring session Monday."
"We went over a practice test she had completed since our last meeting, and she did better than she had expected. We spent quite a bit of time going over the prose section, and she got all the questions right on the prose passage. The techniques seem to be working well for her. There were a few minor issues in the other sections, but other than spending more time on the longer rhetorical English questions, there wasn't too much to correct. She's going to take another test in more of a true testing environment, and we'll see where we need to go from there. I'm very happy with her performance so far."
"We spent today's session updating flash cards and reviewing vocabulary lists. So far we have finished 4 out of 7 lists. Our next session will be spent reviewing quizzes/sentence structures, and studying for his science quiz."
"Today we covered any uncertainties from last week. Specifically, we covered word problems. She caught on very quickly, there were just slight issues with determining dependent variable vs. independent. We also covered systems of equations with 2 and 3 variables. This also moved towards determinants and using determinants to solve systems. Next week we will finish chapter 4 with augmented matrices, and move on to chapter 5 which is quadratic equations (completing the square, x-int, vertex, imaginary numbers, etc..)."
"We worked on the student's history assignment, going over what makes for a reliable source to use in research. We also went over her keeping track of her assignments. She has finals and some projects/papers coming up so we will go over that/prepare when we see each later this week."