Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I printed the release test, and we read 2 stories with questions about revising and editing. The third story was a persuasive piece that led into our persuasive essay. I want to be certain the student is writing a persuasive piece at each session, since we spent so little time on this last semester. She wrote one persuasive essay, but rather than critique that, I took it with me, will critique it over the next week and bring it with me next week. I left her with homework to write 2 more persuasive essays from a list of 101 topics and encouraged her to use the internet to find stats, examples, stories, etc. to support her points in an effort for her to see how these fit in and enhance her persuasive writing."
"We continued working on practice problems. The student showed good progress, though there are few areas that still require work. We're going to work through the remaining problems in the work sheet, after which we'll assess our progress."
"The student learned how to use the formulas d=rt and c=nr, for distance and cost respectively. She was able to understand the concept and answer word problems related to the equations. We furthered her long division and multiplication skills by including decimals. She still needs to practice independently on the concept. We spent some time working with flash cards. In the next 2-3 weeks, I expect her to know most of her time tables, if not all. I assigned her some extra practice involving word problems and long division and multiplication of decimals."
"Entire session focused on math. Reviewed and reinforced imaginary numbers, complex numbers, quadratics and parabolas. Discussed shrinking and enlarging parabolas, maximums, minimums, axis of symmetry, vertex and vertex form of the equation. Also reviewed radicals and exponents."
"We went over the general subjects for the ACT Math. We focused on pre-algebra (rate problems), but also touched on intermediate algebra and plane and coordinate geometry. She had a great attitude and seemed really interested in learning the concepts. I am going to email her a practice test after our session tomorrow. She struggled the most with word problems. She understands the math fine; she just has a problem with putting together the different components of the problem. I gave her some general test taking strategies such as process of elimination, writing out all the information for a word problem, chart creation, etc.."
"The student and I continued to work through ACT practice items today. We have completed 22/29 questions. These have ranged through all kinds of topics. She worked hard and maintained focus."
"This session we reviewed some important concepts like rates and setting up/solving equations with unknown values. We are continuing to solve increasingly difficult problems."
"First meeting. We went over test taking strategies such as reading the question first and answering open ended constructed responses. Completed practice test questions."
"We spent this session going over the English section of the basic skills exam for teaching certification. In particular, we focused on identifying and correcting errors involving punctuation."
"We worked to review for chemistry as well as world history. I left the student with some studying to do, since she had a test in both chemistry and history on Wednesday."
"Today I tutored the student for the test she will take on Monday. During today's test prep, she took part of a practice test which involved reading two different passages and responding to selected response questions about each, as well as answering a brief constructed response question for each. After she finished each section, we stopped to discuss her answers and her written responses. She did excellent on the selected response questions, getting all of them correct. Her brief constructed response questions were generally correct. She needs to work on providing specific support from the texts, as well as needs a topic sentence/opening and closing. I went over this with her for each of the questions, as well as modeled what a good brief constructed response would look like, walking her through the different elements of the response. Her focus was good today and overall the session went well. I left her with an additional reading passage and corresponding questions that she can practice over the weekend."
"The student and I worked on several different things in our session today. She spent a lot of time working on her ELA assignment, which involved writing an essay comparing two different short stories with similar themes. This kind of assignment is very similar to the questions on the state test, so I'm glad we spent a while working on this. She is doing many of these kinds of assignments in school right now to help her get ready. We've been especially focusing on finding specific information to support her positions, as well as reading more slowly and carefully. We also spent some time working on math in our session today. She is working on probability in her math class, and so far, she definitely understands the concepts as well as how to apply them to the specific problems. We're working on slowing down and working more methodically. She is doing great so far, and I really enjoy working with her!"