Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed a comprehensive work sheet for his geometry final. He worked on lines, polygons, areas, surface areas, vocabulary, circles, trig functions, special right triangles, Pythagorean Theorem, etc."
"This week was the student's fall break, so she didn't have much homework. We spent some time going through the chapter test in her book and reviewing some things she had trouble with on her last test. Since we had some time remaining, we also went over electrons and atomic orbitals since she was initially confused on those concepts."
"Continued introducing the student to the concept of a line, the Cartesian coordinate system, and plotting points. I explained where the four quadrants are in the coordinate plane. We practiced plotting points and identifying what quadrant a point resided in. I explained how to find the slope when two points are given. Then, we used this to segue into finding the equation for a line when given two points. "
"The student had taken a diagnostic assessment test last weekend, so we spent this session grading the test and looking for growth areas. He scored a 41/60 on Verbal Skills, 48/52 on Quantitative Skills, 31/40 on Reading Comp, 15/22 on Vocab, 16/24 on Math Concepts, 29/40 on Problem Solving, and 46/60 on the final language section. A lot of these scores are excellent. We talked through the questions he missed--some were minor mistakes in the math, others were about new grammar rules and vocabulary. Next week we'll go over those sections in more detail. "
"The student and I reviewed the math sections of her most recent practice admissions test. She is already very capable in math, having taken advanced classes in school, so we focused primarily on test-taking strategies and how best to approach different types of questions. I suggested a few tactics that might help her solve some problems more quickly, like spotting simple percentages and fractions and avoiding unnecessary steps. Her scores have improved with each practice test, so it is likely she will do well come test time."
"We covered a lot of material including ethers, epoxides, sulfonium salts, reaction mechanisms and the resulting stereochemistry, and HNMR practice and review. We went over practice problems and reviewed past quizzes."
"Since the student had a quiz last class, we didn't have any homework to work on. I taught him the verb 'ir' and its two main uses and in addition to doing some conjugating, he started a worksheet that I brought with me. I also taught him the two contractions in Spanish ('al' and 'del')."
"The student and I spent this session reviewing and practicing for her final exam. We used the study guide her teacher provided, specifically reviewing the irregular preterite tense, travel vocabulary, reflexive verbs, vocabulary expressions of time, and imperfect vs. preterite tense usage. The student had done well on a recent test on the imperfect and preterite tenses, so we didn't spend much time reviewing that material. We made quizzes using an online program, and she was able to see her scores. She did well in all areas of review. For our next session, we will continue preparing for the final exam."
"This was the last session before the student's final on Thursday. We reviewed the packet of information given by his teacher. We also heavily reviewed verb meanings and conjugations for present and preterite tense. Some time was given to reviewing the vocabulary from lessons 2 and 3 of his text."
"The student has a C average currently in his Spanish class starting out in his second semester. He has a different teacher but the same textbook. We worked on a movie project describing the Oscars using the past and imperfect tenses. We were able to use our time wisely and follow the directions and look at the rubric his teacher had given him. With time left over after the project we started on something he should focus on more to raise his overall grade: studying vocabulary. We started making note cards with study tactics including focusing on words the farthest from English ones, listing the vocabulary category and including examples especially for phrases used with certain tenses. He is good at creating sentence structures and remembering verb tense patterns, but reinforcing new vocabulary and new verbs will help him remember what he is saying as well as context."
"Did vocabulary drills, with writing exercise for comprehension. I instructed the student to make flashcards for vocabulary words to increase the exposure (via writing) to the words. Next session is planned for reviewing conjugations. He was a wonderful student, responsive, and serious."
"We went over the anatomy and physiology of the ear and the hearing and balance/equilibrium processes (energy transformations, nerve signal activation, brain interpretation, etc.). Previous material and assignments on which I tutored the student yield excellent results: she got a 100 on Quiz No. 9 and a 100 on her Larynx Model project worth 15% of her overall grade. She was very happy. I believe the tutoring is having the desired effect and she will most likely do well on her remaining quizzes and tests."