Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I began the session by completing his homework assignments. For the first assignment, he had to cut and paste rhyming words. We then completed the tracing exercise with the letter "f". The student and I then practiced tracing capital letters. We went through the alphabet 3 times with his letters improving each time. He had a challenge naming some letters, but by the third time through the alphabet he was doing a better job. We also completed a motor skill exercise. Finally, he and I played a game to help with letter recognition."
"This was our first meeting after a long winter break. I exchanged a few emails with the student over the break and gave her a customized plan of study based on the results of her practice exam. Today we followed that plan by focusing on the excretory system for the Biology portion of the MCATs. "
"The student and I went over her quiz, and her 5.5, 5.6, & 5.7 homework for her exam today. She's getting the calculus. This exam relies heavily on memorization of arc-trig functions and some e & ln properties, which she was confident she could memorize before the exam."
"First session with the student today. We got a good amount of reading done. She seems to have a good grasp of basic phonics, but needs a little work on remembering some combination sounds and recalling words that have appeared more than once. I think with more practice, she will grasp these concepts easily."
"The student and I learned about some obscure grammar rules that are tested on the SAT. Specifically, we focused on case, number, and position of nouns, verbs and adverbs in sentences. We discussed when less/fewer, better/ best, and between/among are used and why 'neither' and 'none' are always singular. We did some practice sentence error questions and talked about strategy for the sentence correction questions. We finished by doing some math geometry questions to ensure last week's lesson stuck. I gave her some homework (Math, Sentence Correction, and Sentence Errors) which we will discuss at the beginning of next week's lesson."
"Today, we focused on reading passages for the entire session. The student and I read a passage, then she described the main idea, tone of the author, and a short description of each main character mentioned in the prose passage. She then answered the questions while giving me reasons that each answer option was either correct or incorrect. Next, I timed her as she completed a couple of reading passages on her own."
"We covered integration. The student did problems from yesterday and seemed to do well. Her conceptual understanding is coming along nicely. With additional practice and some good studying, she's in good shape to manage reasonably on the upcoming exam."
"Today, it was our last session with the student, and we revised a letter she was writing in Spanish to the parents of a girl she knows. It was a real pleasure meeting and working with the student. She has improved so much since the first day I met her."
"In our last session, the student and I continued with the rest of the vocabulary related to a classroom, such as teacher, students, books, pencils, and other words in Spanish. As usual, we went over the correct pronunciation and definition of each word. We played a card game for 10 minutes, which gave her the opportunity to practice the colors and the numbers in Spanish once again, and have fun at the same time. Finally, I had the student do a reading and Spanish and highlight different vocabulary words from the story, such as different adjectives, objects, and concepts that we are going to be studying in the near future. She spelled these vocabulary words from the story, and we went over their pronunciation and definition. We are also making a written list with these vocabulary words."
"I helped the student correct the script for her Spanish oral presentation. I also helped her review the appropriate time to use the preterite and imperfect tenses when given a paragraph in context. I assisted her with homework by giving her useful strategies, such as writing down infinitive verbs and charts with endings and crossing out endings in order to correctly conjugate. I felt that the student had some really 'breakthrough' moments during the session."
"First, we reviewed the possessive adjectives and corrected the homework on this. Then we reviewed reflexive verbs and corrected the homework on this. I added a few more vocab words for this section. Lastly, we reviewed the tener expressions, and I gave them a few more to work with. For homework, they are preparing presentations and doing practice with stem-changing verbs."
"The student did excellent work with his homework over the weekend. Today we worked on present tense regular -ar verb conjugations in sentences. He understands the concept of conjugating the verbs and is getting better at it every day. For homework, he has a few sentences to translate to Spanish, some to conjugate and he is to make up three sentences with the verbs we have studied for next class."