Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked through sixteen definitions related to the Constitution. We also looked at the Preamble and began to look at the different parts that make up the Preamble. I wrote it out for her in a list-like form, giving each clause or part of the list its own line. Hopefully this will help her with memorizing it as well as visualizing the different parts of the sentence. She finished her geometry study guide for chapter 3, which is now ready for us to review on Wednesday in preparation for her test on Thursday. "
"The student had finished his homework at school today, but had an English project that is due on Friday to work on. We completed it today so that he could review it with his teacher before turning it in on Friday. "
"The student and I went over her practice exams, and sample tests today. She did well with the tougher concepts, but again made some mistakes with the simple items. We will continue to hash out the simple mistakes so the concepts become second nature to her. "
"The student and I worked on his draft of an introduction paragraph, reading it out loud to check for gaps in flow or the logic of his argument and set-up. We talked about different ways to introduce a literature paper, and I brought in examples from my old papers and my friends' old papers so we could analyze together all the different strategies available. Then, we progressed into outlining, and I described the talking or "dynamic" outline, which focuses more on the meta-level of making an argument and being able to articulate the order of the moves you're making. He then worked on a rough talking outline and we ended by discussing his next steps in turning the outline into a full draft."
"Over the weekend, I set up an outline for the student's argumentative paper. He started to outline his arguments on that online before our session. Together we wrote a detailed outline of the paper. The student also asked for my help with citations, which he will send me via e-mail before our next session next Tuesday evening."
"Went over her T-test paper in detail and I reviewed her post and gave comments. She has a good understanding of the topic, but I suggested that she add some additional detail. I prepared a couple of tables for her to help her understand which tests to use in which situations and we discussed that as well."
"The student and I met for a second time this week to finish going over rotational dynamics, including kinetic and potential energy for rotating systems. This also left us enough time to back-track and cover momentum and different kinds of collisions as well."
"Today we went over the Algebra test that the student had taken and got graded. Afterwards we looked at the next three lessons in Algebra which dealt with adding, subtracting, and multiplying polynomials as well as another section on the FOIL method used in Algebra. He also took the test for Spanish that day."
"The student is doing so well with vocabulary! It is really fun to work with her on that stuff. There were only about 5 (out of 30 or so!) words that she wasn't totally familiar with today. She is also doing a good job retaining the math concepts that we talk about, in particular negative numbers. Today we focused on order of operations, which we'll review next time."
"Reviewed a recent test that he did poorly on -- it turns out most of his difficulties were just basic algebra, not the more complicated precalc topics. I'll address this issue in coming sessions."
"The student and I began reviewing for his test by working through problems on electron configuration and wave properties. He was confused by some of the wave properties concepts so we focused our time there. At the end of the session we outlined a study plan in preparation for his upcoming test."
"The student had a test on translations and statistics box plots. She had a very large review packet that her teacher gave them. We worked on writing out the parent functions and a table of their values, and then applying the translations to a new table of values. We finished the entire packet together."