Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's next major grade is a Spanish project involving describing a person or pet using only "tener" verb sentences. The instructions are very specific (typed, 18 font, construction paper background with a picture). We finished the "thinking" part of the project and tomorrow will work on the assembling of the construction paper product. (It should be turned in Tuesday). Next, we corrected an English pretest about predicate adjectives."
"Student and I reviewed the practice sections she completed as homework, and then spent the rest of the session doing math review, as well as talking about her test-day plan. She was seeming much more confident, and felt great about the last few practice sections she had completed."
"The student and I went over his assignment in the workbook. There were quite a few issues with the Latin to English translation, but going over them today went a lot smoother than last week. He seemed to have been a little more relaxed today, so hopefully he can keep that up. He is also doing a good job remembering forms of verbs and nouns, which is really great."
"Probability and Statistics are the main topics we covered. The student is doing great with the concepts; sometimes she has difficulty setting up the problems, or understanding what it is asking, but when she understand what the question is asking she has good intuition as to how to approach it."
"We began this session with a review of some basic math equations/facts. The student was a bit hesitant at first, but once she realized she DOES know all the facts about which I was asking, she became more confident and did a good job. We did 18 problems from the Math section of Practice Test #3, and she did a pretty good job -- she is definitely improving and is guessing on far fewer problems. We moved on to some science -- we did three practice passages. Finally, we finished with an English passage -- she did a GREAT job on the English section and finished far ahead of the allotted time! Hopefully her other sections will gradually get to where her English skills are, because she is doing great there!"
"Devoted our final session together to reviewing for the student's next world civ exam. The teacher was still undecided between multiple choice and essay, so we focused on the key terms (names, events, etc.) from the age of European neo-imperialism and placing them in context. Recommended some extra study on the conceptual questions, and explained how to reinforce conceptual understanding with key terms to prepare for whichever style of test the teacher would administer. I remain impressed by the student's ability and willingness to learn; if she practices proper time management and keeps her motivation up, she will have no trouble achieving a good grade in the class."
"Began study for History final. Reviewed the first 10 of 35 questions for discussion on the final. Created flashcards for 63 key terms in History. Researched answers to questions on the beginning of WWI, the difference between Hydrogen and Atomic bombs, the geographic area affected by the Vietnam War, the difference between Central, Allied, and Axes Powers, why Italy changed sides in WWII, and how the allegiances began between countries that ignited WWI."
"During this session, we covered exponent rules, including zero as an exponent and performing basic operations on numbers and variables with exponents. We spent a significant amount of time on negative exponents and completed the student's homework assignment, which focused on manipulating rational numbers with negative exponents."
"The student and I had a great session today. We discussed her science test she took today. We reviewed adding four numbers together and subtraction. She has the assessment test Tuesday and Wednesday next week. We focused on reviewing basic math today. We played card games that included addition, subtraction, multiplication, and probability. I also quizzed her on perimeter and area."
"Today, we continued our review of applications of first and second derivatives. Specifically, these tests allow us to determine extrema and inflection points so that we can have a better idea of how the function behaves. We worked on several more AP multiple choice style questions that the students teacher provided. After finishing these, we worked on several portions of an AP free response section that covered these topics. With all of these problems, I had him explain exactly what he was doing, why he was doing it, and what that tell us about the function as a whole. Finally, we covered some more advanced types of questions relating to derivative tests such as Mean Value Theorem and I explained how to exactly approach these problems."
"Tonight we did a final review for the ISEE exam on Saturday. We did a practice verbal section and math section. She did very well with sentence completion. We reviewed synonyms and strategies for picking the correct answer. We also completed a math section, which she did well with."
"We worked mostly on science today, learning about binocular vision and how 3-D glasses and 3-D technology works. We experimented with various objects and tested our field of vision and depth of field to see how one vs. two eyes altered these perceptions. We also took a field trip to the math museum where we experimented with 3-D representations of geometric shapes and alterations."