Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During the first half of the session with the student, I continued working on covering mitosis, with the majority of our time devoted to covering anaphase, telophase, and cytokinesis in animal cells. We also covered the differences in cytokinesis in plant cells vs animal cells. Finally, we began working on definitions and an introduction to meiosis, with the last few minutes spent on covering prophase I. She said she only had homework from school and was not having any trouble with her schoolwork. During the 2nd half of the session with student two, we briefly went over his schedule that he emailed me after our last session. He said he had an exam in geophysical science that he needed to study for, so we went over the various steps of the carbon cycle and the "players" involved. We then continued working on the vectors worksheet, which covers both physics and trigonometry. He still has some trouble with applying the trig functions correctly, but he did pretty well overall and we'll keep working on it."
"Good session tonight! The student is really progressing on her paragraph revision problems. She has great instincts, and she knows how to quickly check her work to make sure her instincts are right. We also did a bit of reviewing on the sentence revision section, and revisited some topics we hadn't talked about since last winter! Next we worked on math, focusing on coordinate geometry and graphing. She did very well in this section as well, so we moved to some more difficult problems toward the end, such as graphing multiple inequalities and finding the area of the bounded region, and maximizing the area of an enclosure given a set perimeter. It's always a pleasure to work with her; she's a quick learner and a very hard worker! Looking forward to seeing her tomorrow :)"
"The student got started on a new test and did a little bit of everything. We focused on the math portion with no calculator. She is great to work with because she will not let herself move on from one problem to the next until she feels satisfied that she understands everything about a problem. This is an incredible learning tool for the math section, and if she goes back over her notes as I'm asking her to, she will learn much. Next week, we are going to focus on getting her ready for the test."
"We went over the writing assignment the student has to do, and he started working on it. I will read and analyze the texts offline. He has 40 minutes saved from a previous session. I will use this time for reading."
"We worked on many practice problems from the SAT II Literature question bank. We "milked" the value out of every text and answer choice (right and wrong) by defining and discussing each literary device, challenging vocabulary word. I also attached a mnemonic to each definition wherever possible."
"In our session, we worked on writing a mystery. First, we looked at a PowerPoint that taught the elements of a traditional mystery then read a short story for inspiration. We then worked on a brainstorming activity with a "skeleton sheet." For homework, the student is writing a rough draft."