Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Worked on one-sample and two-sample t tests and t intervals, p values under the t curve. Discussed exam strategies and topics to study. We are meeting again tomorrow. Session went well and we will focus more on exam prep in the future."
"We continued going over the questions that the student missed on her practice test and allowed her to work through them, specifically in the verbal section of the test. We also went over the questions that she skipped to see if she could figure them out. We continued going over analogies, focusing on the relationships that were present. I timed her on one reading comprehension passage and questions and she did very well on it. She said that the history/social studies passages and questions give her a harder time, so I will find more of those for her to practice. Her mother wanted me to give her another practice test for her to do over the weekend that I won't be seeing her, so I gave her one to do for homework."
"We talked about the different type of chemical reactions (synthesis, decomposition, single replacement, double replacement, and combustion) and worked through some problems involving them together. At the end of the session the student said she understood the topic much better."
"The student and I continued our Algebra review, addressing her questions over graphing and solving quadratic equations. I also created a homework assignment for her over the material from this session and the last session (quadratics, absolute value, intervals, inequalities, and factoring)."
"Today we discussed finding the sine, cosine, and tangent of angles given in radians, and of angles whose terminal side is given by a Cartesian coordinate. We also did some word problems involving arc length."
"This week, we again started out working on Latin, as the student had vocabulary to do. As he worked on drawing pictures as mnemonics for the new lesson's vocabulary, I helped him come up with English derivatives for the words when he didn't know any. We spent the majority of the session working on getting his hero paper ready for turning in, as he had some changes/additions that needed to be made. Mostly, we worked on the introduction, where he struggled with how to start it. He had found a sentence from the news article that he wanted to start with, and I worked with him on how to link that in with the rest of the introduction, so that it flows together smoothly into the thesis statement. We worked through a number of revisions, and made progress on the introduction as a whole, though I didn't think the result was quite satisfactory when time was up. Still, he knew what all he needed to get done to bring the paper to final form, and hopefully was successful."
"Today the student and I went over more problems on the next practice test in her book. We went over her work and corrected any errors. We reviewed previous concepts. We will continue with the questions in the practice tests. I urged the student to time herself when she does the practice tests. I told the student not to overload herself, but to do as many practice problems as possible in the online practice problem book. I told her to check her answers, and we would go over any that she got wrong."
"For half of this session, the student and I read through a short article given to her by her Spanish teacher about the history of chocolate. We didn't get through the entire piece, but each paragraph was complex and involved several words or grammatical structures unfamiliar to her, so she gained a lot of insight from reading through a few paragraphs. The rest of the time during our session we went over a worksheet of irregular verbs which she had done in class a few weeks ago and made many mistakes on. I had her practice the conjugations for all of the irregular verbs included in it and she did very well, remembering them all almost exactly right."
"The student wasn't happy with the scores she earned on her last assessment, so decided we should do practice problems from all sections they've completed this semester in an organized fashion, so she can use them as a study guide. We got through most of the topics in this way, and I included more complex problems this time for all of the topics. The student did a lot of good work tonight and I believe will feel more prepared for the next assessment."
"We spent time reviewing the student's French vocabulary at the beginning of the session. We also sang Freres Jacques (the nursery song). Then I introduced head, eyes, nose and mouth in French (la tete, les yeux, le nez, la bouche). We spent time in a sort of sing-song way reviewing these parts of the head/face and pointing to them on ourselves as a way of remembering what they are. We finished the session reviewing the sounds of the letters of the alphabet in French A through K. I noticed today that he is showing improvement in responding to me in French (I often ask a question in French or state what we are about to do)."
"Last quick exam review. Went over solving equations by substitution and adding. Talked to him and his mom about his upcoming exam, focusing on the areas that he could do well on, and ignoring the areas we hadn't yet discussed in depth."
"For our first session today, we spoke about the student's needs. He wanted some help in all areas of math and reading comprehension. I had him complete two reading comprehension worksheets. I also got information from him about what he thought he needed help with, then I asked about what he liked to do for fun and some of his favorite games."