Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed money concepts. We started with coin identification using plastic money. We identified the value of each coin and made models of each coin and its value. We made patterns using money value. We wrote the value using the decimal point to assign cent value. We made charts identifying the coins, the value and various combinations to add up money totals. We made two and three coin combination amounts to find out the total value. The student seemed to have some problems adding different combinations, especially when we combined more than two different coins. She completed all her tasks successfully. I sent some plastic coins (and dollar bills) with her to review and practice. "
"Focused mainly on quadrilaterals and how to solve for missing information given some information using known relationships. For example, opposite angles are congruent in parallelograms. Also reviewed factoring polynomials a small bit."
"The student and I discussed his HW briefly. Then, he worked on another paragraph correction worksheet. For the rest of the hour, I had him make grammar corrections on a term paper he's working on for school. I assigned more term paper corrections and two more worksheets for homework."
"Reviewed carbonyl chemistry for his test tomorrow! After we went over a practice test, I think he realized that the material wasn't as intimidating as he first thought it was, which was great progress."
"The student and I mainly focused on math but also examined the reading and writing sections as well. In math, our main focus was saving time. We looked at how plugging in answer choices is sometimes faster than doing out the algebra. We also spent some time reviewing important math concepts such as functions and their graphs. In the critical reading section, we talked about the importance of sticking to the text and not using outside knowledge to influence your answers. She continues to excel at the multiple choice part of the writing section, and we reviewed some of the more nitpicky grammar rules along the way."
"Today the student and I worked mainly on geometry problems. We discussed properties of rectangles, diagonals of rectangles, special right triangles, circles, and more. We also talked about the definition of reciprocals, properties of radicals, repetends, the distributive property, and several other math topics."
"The student has a test this Thursday on Chapters 17 and 18. She said she understood 17 well and did well on the quizzes, but has been having problems with 18. Therefore, we reviewed all of her class notes (including examples) on that chapter and worked some additional sample problems. She seemed to be much clearer on the material at the end of our session."
"The student and I started by looking at his results and breaking down where he needs to improve. He did a practice essay, and he did a complete writing section. Just by finishing the section, he got more answers right and raised his score from a 9 to a 15. He is a bright kid, and he works hard. I look forward to helping him get his scores up!"
"The student and I worked on reviewing the reading comprehension and writing multiple choice questions she missed on her last test. She responded well to the modeling that I walked her through. She felt encouraged on her performance for the next test. She will do a practice test for our next session."
"He completed the math section of the practice test he started the week before. He had a fundamental understanding of trig already, so we won't need to spend much time on that. We will be spending most of our time on word problems."
"We talked about what the student found challenging when she took the SAT in November. Based on this, we mainly focused on writing multiple choice and reading sections. We discussed specific grammatical principles (to be expanded on in future sessions) as well as overall test-taking strategies."
"Diagnostic assessment on written response to literature. Identified areas that need improvement, such as being careful to specifically respond to the question being asked, and improving the skills on organizing thoughts and demonstrating organization in his writing."