Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The first thing we did today was go over vocabulary. She is still having trouble applying herself to vocab study between lessons. I added more words, we discussed the existing words and their contexts, and we looked at some vocab questions on the test - synonym questions. I asked her to pick a specific time each day to study, and she said that she has time every day right after school. I don't expect to her study hard every day, just to set aside 15 minutes to quiz herself on words - however, I know this kind of habit-building can be difficult for many students, so we'll keep trying. We did a lot of process of elimination practice with synonym questions, so she would know what it's like to take that section without knowing many of the words, and so that she has strategies to use in that situation. Then, we did math review. We continued to work on fraction, percentages, and decimals. We did a few mean/median/range/mode problems. We also looked at word problems and geometry. We reviewed perimeter and area and looked at how rate/speed appears in word problems."
"The student worked very hard in this session. She had aced her practice test section that I had assigned her, and worked through the rest of the worksheets. We worked on challenging material - continuing to lay down the algebra groundwork through practice problems with variables. She did very well with these and she definitely grasps the idea. From here we moved on to word problems and we discussed how the first step with these problems is identifying what the question is asking, and from there identifying what equations are being used. She is incredibly smart, and can usually solve these problems without an issue. We continued to work on translation problems - an equation written out in words that needed to be put into numbers. We worked very hard with concepts that she had questions on. On Sunday we will review to see what she feels comfortable with and what she would like some more review on."
"We worked on multiplication & division fact families, writing, reading & listening comprehension. The student did an excellent job!"
"We reviewed all the vocab that we had been studying over the year since we have completed the set list."
"We quickly reviewed a couple math concepts then worked on word problems. We then spent the rest of the time on reading comprehension."
"This was actually a great session! Worked on essays and math, and her math score has improved. She also just seems to respond to math so well."
"The student did very well on the homework. He did a timed math section as part of the homework and got 33 out of 35 questions correct. He also did very well on the reading. For today's lesson, we had him refine his approach for the reading passages. He seems to be at a point where he gets all, or almost all, of the reading passages questions correct when he takes his time. We also finished our arithmetic session and did some drills for the synonyms and the sentence completions. The biggest thing he needs to work on is his vocabulary, so I gave him a good number of synonym and sentence completion drills for homework. I also gave him a few pages of reading passages and a timed math section."
"We worked on reading comprehension and fractions- multiplying, dividing, and converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions. Next week we'll focus on operations involving negative numbers."
"The student and I began the session plotting several points on a line graph. Not only was I able to reinforce the meaning of (x,y) coordinates and, by monitoring his plotting of those coordinates, I was also able to review some of the geometrical shapes that might be found on the test. We continued by discussing simple geometrical ideas such as perimeter and area. He then showed his understanding of these concepts through problem sets that tested his ability to think critically about both simple and complex shapes (i.e. squares, rectangles, and straight-forward triangles). With some help, he displayed appropriate knowledge. Next, the student and I focused on the quantification of an object's volume, particularly squares and rectangles. After a short worksheet, he proved adequate knowledge of these ideas as well. Turning to more involved geometrical word problems, I introduced him to the test-taking strategy of illustrating the question, which he incorporated into his "Test-Taking Tool-Box." Drawing helped him to not only visualize the situation put forth, but also to organize the information provided. Through guided practice on several basic word problems, he displayed his ability to utilize this technique."
"This session we worked primarily on both reading comprehension and math topics. In particular, we worked with mixed numbers and fraction concepts to add and subtract fractions. We used concrete examples to show how mixed numbers and improper fractions are related. During the second part of the session, we reviewed vocabulary, worked on analogies and reading comprehension. We completed practice questions for the lower level test and discussed some strategies for independently assessing whether or not answers are correct. During the reading comprehension passages, I focused questioning around author's purpose, story elements, and text structures. When we discussed the passage prior to answering the questions, she did well."
"We worked very heavily on area problems, variable problems and order or operations problems throughout this entire session."
"Focused on the math section(s) of the exam. Reviewed and learned basic concepts, focusing on fractions, decimals, and percents."