Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I covered the coordinate/line geometry. We went over distance, midpoint, slope and various equations of lines. He is more prepared now for the exam, and should pass without any problem."
"Today the student and I started our work with Harry Potter! I have her doing summary, vocab and questions/comments for each section. We went through the summaries and I helped her edit/correct mistakes. I also prepared two essay prompts for her to complete for next session. Lastly, we revisited the high frequency spelling word list from fifth grade to correct mistakes, then she took the monstrous 100+ word list for sixth grade (80 percent)."
"The student took a practice ACT last weekend and got a 26. I feel like that is a good score for her first test, but I am positive that she will score higher than that on the real test. We reviewed the few math problems that she missed - I'm sure she'll keep going up and up from the 29 that she got on the math section. We also reviewed some of the reading questions - she got a 27 on that section. We reviewed the science questions that she missed too. They were difficult passages, but I think that she will continue to bring that score up too (she got a 24). Science is also the last section on the test and she was getting burned out. I'm sure her endurance will increase as she continues to take practice tests. We spent most of our time on the English section tonight. She scored a 24, so we reviewed the ones that she got wrong and then went through another section of English. For homework, she is going to take another practice test over the weekend."
"The student's teacher has expanded the review sheet by an additional 67 problems. Fortunately, over the weekend, he did a preliminary pass over most of the problems, so we spent the session working through the items he marked as difficult. We discussed all of his questions, as well as addressed a few more uncompleted problems of my choosing. The student remembered most of the material and needed only minimal prompting on several problems. I have given him instructions on further review to do before the test tomorrow morning, which should keep his memory fresh for the exam."
"Shaded and composite regions was the basis of the student's homework during this session. Also, we took the opportunity to study and review for her upcoming quiz. When working with shaded and composite regions, we reviewed back over prior information covered such as equations necessary to find the area of various shapes, such as squares, trapezoids, hexagons, and circles. Also, we worked on using proportions to solve shaded and composite regions as well. She seems very confident and knowledgeable with using proportions and how to set them up properly, using the information given in illustrations. Her most recent quiz scores were 84% and 85%!"
"We spent most of the session reviewing sequencing game constraints, how to write them, creating logic chains and making deductions from the chains. The process of forming the chains and interpreting them was a sticking point which we may have overcome after doing sequencing scenarios. "
"We reviewed the student's practice exam results, and I noticed that we will need additional focus in the English section. She should work on identifying two complete sentences and the proper grammar needed to separate them. Additionally, we will work on critical thinking questions and introductory clauses. She only needs practice to be able to link the previous sentence to the new one with an appropriate introductory word. "
"The student had an assignment for Religion class to research the biographies of some of the Cardinal candidates for Pope. His teacher gave him a list of some websites that he should use, so I helped him find information about the Cardinals on those sites. I also helped him to read through the websites, and explained exactly what he needed to do."
"We spent a lot more time refining her techniques for Reading. Answering the questions before reading the answers worked well, but only when she could talk out loud to herself. So we played with a few other ideas and tested them out with passages. Spending a bit more time actually reading the passage allows her not only to find the proof in the passage much more quickly, but also to answer the questions correctly. Notes in the margins help keep her focused as well. She is completing a full test for the next time we meet so we can get a good gauge of her progress."
"The student and I reviewed an assignment. Then we reviewed Chapter 9 for his test. We reviewed the vocabulary and then practiced some verbs."
"We met today to go over the student's bioethics materials. We talked about chapter 4 and research ethics, and we also went over her exam and her first reflection paper. We will definitely be able to make improvements on both for the next round of exam/paper. In the next session, we will edit her next reflection paper."
"The student and I reviewed the first Bob books series and went over the last book in that pack. She did okay with the 3 new sight words. The flash cards with sentences were also no problem and she retained quite a bit."