Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I mostly worked on an online portion of her summer homework which involved comprehension of a short story she had read (vocab words, order of events, etc). To end, we did a listening exercise - we listened to an Argentian woman talk about the disappearance of her grandchild - and recorded notes for the student to summarize later."
"We discussed what the student felt his areas of weakness were and went over the different test sections and what kind of questions he will encounter. He completed several small "mini-tests" and we corrected them, going over his mistakes. I assigned approximately 60 questions for homework."
"Tonight, the student brought home her Geometry work so we looked at that for a little bit. She is demonstrating a strong proficiency in the concepts covered so far, though. We also discussed the book on which her upcoming English paper is based in order to ascertain the plot and theme. A little bit of philosophy (for History class) and science discussion rounded out our session tonight."
"Today we started off with conjugations of 5 verbs: ser, ir, tener, querer and venir in present tense. We reviewed vocabulary of fruits, vegetables and other grocery items. The student also practiced his pronunciation of phrases and we clarified how to ask questions and where the accent goes when speaking. Today's vocabulary list was on hobbies/pasatiempos. I taught him the verb "gustarse" and how to conjugate and make sentences about things he likes to do, or to ask someone what they enjoy doing. He found this very helpful."
"The student and I met from 6:40- 8:25. We went over the previous material that was covered during the six-weeks period to prepare for his 6wks assessment. We reviewed similar figures, SSA, AA, SSS, measures of internal and exterior angles of polygons, trigonometry, finding measurements of quadrilaterals and special right triangles."
"We began our session with something new: Alphabetical order. The student read groups of four words and then put them in alphabetical order -- she caught onto this right away! We then worked on some math -- mixed addition/subtraction review as well as some multiplication facts (0, 1, and we started 2). As usual, her number skills are awesome. We also read another short story and then she answered questions about it. We did a lot in one session, and she did a great job with all of it!"
"Reviewed and explained Mendelian Genetics as the student was uncertain of it. We focused on vocabulary terms, so he can understand questions on this subject. We also simplified the process of Punnet squares to make them easier to approach. We spent the last 20 minutes reviewing the parts of animal cells and mapping the central dogma of biology to the organelles of the cells. Finally, we reviewed steps to analyzing a graph. I recommended that he spend time drawing the structures of a cell and walking through the process of protein development from DNA to exocytosis. I recommended he practice doing Punnet squares and name all the parts to the square i.e. Gene trait, dominant, recessive, phenotype, genotype, etc."
"Discussed monopolistic competition and oligopoly market structures. We talked about the characteristics of each kind of market structure. For oligopolies, we talked about different real-world examples of oligopolies, and how those oligopolies interact. We also talked about game theory (prisoner's dilemma) and how firms within an oligopoly would behave."
"The student has a 2-day test this Wednesday and Thursday on fractals, tessellation, and spherical geometry. We reviewed her class notes/worksheets on these topics, so she seemed to gain a better understanding of the ideas (especially spherical geometry, for which she was absent). "Studying" this material was a bit frustrating, as the expectations largely involve visualization and being able to repeat designs rather than the usual, more concrete topics. My main suggestion for the student was practicing tessellation, in case they are asked on the test to devise their own."
"Today we completed a series of grammatical exercises reviewing imperfect and preterite tenses, and differentiating when to use each. The student wrote briefly about his childhood. The rest of the class was used to practice conversational skills."
"The student and I worked on his homework, which was a worksheet on circumference of circles and arc lengths. We breezed through two days worth of homework in 30 minutes -- he really seems to have a good handle on circles. I had brought some practice problems, so we worked on those for the rest of the session."
"The student has a project due for her social studies class that requires her to choose a topic from the chapter in her textbook about African Americans after the Civil War and write a short report on it. After we looked over the chapter together and brainstormed ideas. We researched the topic together online, discussing how one determines the validity of an online source as we did so. Then we wrote an outline of the paper and a rough draft of the introduction. She is going to work on completing the rough draft before our next meeting."