Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I prepared for his SAT exam on May 7, which is this weekend. We reviewed how to write a well-crafted essay, went over a selection of vocab words related to tone, and practiced some critical reading questions."
"We spent the first several minutes reviewing the student's knowledge of French so far. We also sang Freres Jacques and his pronunciation of 'freres' has improved. Since I introduced head, eyes, nose and mouth last week, we also spent time reviewing those body parts and then I introduced ears and hands. The student specifically asked how to say hands (les mains). We play a little game pointing to the eyes or one of the parts and I ask him what it is (sort of like heads, shoulders, knees and toes). Today I also incorporated I see (Je vois). For example, looking at a picture of an orange tiger, I encourage him to say "Je vois le tigre orange" (I see the orange tiger). Goal here is to connect words together and practice sentence formation. We finished up working on writing out the letters of the alphabet A - O. The student seems to show improvement in remembering what the letters look like and how to write them."
"The student and I spent some time learning about what classes he's taking and how he's currently planning for them. He is using a very detailed schedule but needs to learn how to break up major tests/projects into smaller chunks that he can accomplish on a daily basis. We also reviewed an essay he was working on a rough draft of. I encouraged him to write an outline for new essays and tried to show him how to build one. Next week, we'll work on this process for a fresh essay assignment."
"The student and I reviewed for her upcoming test on plants. She was having some trouble with the concepts of diffusion, active transport and water potential, so we spent some time going over these. Talking through the underlying concepts and some examples seemed to help a lot, and at the end of the lesson she said she felt much more confident in those areas. We also did some general review on plant biology, including plant cell signaling and responses to light, gravity and mechanical stimulation. There was quite a bit of material within the chapters to be covered, but we focused on the material she had covered in class but wasn't quite confident about, since it seemed like these would be the most likely topics to come up on the test. the student was focused, cooperative, and enthusiastic as always."
"The student finished her math homework with ease. She played a review game of all her multiplication facts. She is getting faster at them as we go on. She also was given a set of data to graph and had to write her findings."