Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Over the past week, the student and I worked on his dialectical journal for "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan. We specifically addressed concerns his teacher had about adding more personal experiences to the journal and including more literary analysis."
"Today we worked on algebraic expressions after we finished Ninjas. I made sure we did it at the start of the session, so she could get it out of the way, since it increases her anxiety due to being asked to do math on command with a time limit. We have discussed how this is something that will help bring down the anxiety around testing, which is where she loses points in math. We then went through her homework, which seems to be regularly short, due to her teacher only assigning 8 problems a night. We did some more practice problems after that, as well as discussed where the anxiety surrounding testing comes from and how to mitigate it in class. She has a mid-chapter test coming up this week, so hopefully the discussion will help. We ended the session playing a number logic game that she has played before, which she really enjoyed, and it supports logical thinking."
"The student and I went over the flashcards that I made for him. He was amazing today, as I learned later he did some review on his own, and it worked! He remembered a lot of the characters that we studied together, and I am very impressed."
"The student and I went through a PowerPoint lesson and video to summarize the rules pertaining to subject-verb agreement and completed several practice exercises with intermediate clauses. She got virtually all of them right, and has successfully internalized the rules so that her identification of the correct verb is almost automatic. She has two exercises to complete for our next session, as well as her regular vocabulary assignment. She worked very hard, stayed focused, and, as always, had a positive attitude! Next time, we will do some work on correct apostrophe placement and review parallel structures in preparation for her test next Saturday."
"We did the student's daily problem that needs to be turned in tomorrow. Her problem dealt with probability with replacement. She needed to learn about factorials, so she will have fewer problems doing the computation with combinations and permutations."
"We reviewed factoring and inequalities. The student was struggling with developing an approach to the SAT problems. The student's attitude toward the material that was reviewed was great!"