Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I covered passage based reading with the student for the majority of this session. Then at the end of the session we did some more practice on the math questions. The student should be taking her first practice test this weekend, and in the next session we will hopefully be able to look over the results."
"In this session, the student and I discussed the concepts of moles, mole ratios, and percent composition. She understood how to make sure how to cancel out the units in order to find the correct solution. We also went through how to use the flow chart provided by her instructor in order to solve different types of problems."
"I looked at what the student was having problems with on the reading passages and the problem was mainly identifying contextual clues and using them to answer the questions. I will make sure to address those issues when I see him on Saturday as well. I left the student an analogy practice test for homework. I want him to form 'bridge sentences' that compare the two words (he can look at some of the other analogy worksheets for examples if needed) and then find the answer. The goal here is to get him practicing thinking in the way that the analogies require, so I told him that if he didn't know the definition of a word, and couldn't figure it out using root words and suffixes or prefixes, then using a dictionary would be fine. I will bring the answer key with me on Saturday and we will go over the work."
"Tuesday night the student and I worked on his midterm material. I was very impressed with what he had retained from the day before. He's getting better at recognizing some of the characters, but his biggest improvement is his use of tones. He's starting to understand how important accurate tones are to being understood when speaking Chinese. "
"Today the student and I went over her vocabulary that she has been working very hard to learn. She has learned a great deal of words, but still has more with which to become familiar. Then we went over the incorrect answers on the practice reading comprehension test that we completed during our last session. Then we spent the remainder of our session working on perfecting the ideas and structure of an effective essay. We went through the entire writing process, beginning to end. We discussed brainstorming and organizing ideas before beginning the writing of the actual essay. I assigned the student a different practice essay question to complete for homework. We will continue to work on all parts of the test during our next session."
"The student had some genetic problems that we worked on during the session. The problems consisted of using Punnett squares to find the genotypes and phenotypes of the F1 generation. They included simple problems like AaxAA and more complex ones such as AaBbxAAbb. We also worked on a problem which involved incomplete dominance and a trait that controls the phenotype of another trait. The student was able to work out all of the problems with little assistance. When she was finished, I worked with Student B on some math problems. We worked on some problems using fractions, long division, and state testing questions. I also went over how to do exponents with her and PEMDAS."
"Math: Review for exam chapter 5 part 2. Review of radicals including simplifying, rationalizing, solving etc. The student has been keeping up well with math, however her confidence in this chapter has declined over the last two weeks. She needs to stay focused and continue practicing more questions from the book aside from homework. She finds it discouraging that she is struggling with these easier questions, but she should not give up at this point."
"We split our time between the science and writing sections. The student had some concerns about the writing section and how it differed from the SAT writing prompt, so we went over several prompts and essays and practiced brainstorming and developing the ideas for some of the prompts. On the science, we worked under timed conditions. She will be practicing science sections and trying to balance the time constraints with accuracy and precision."
"In this session we reviewed two translation exercises in the textbook and the comprehension questions that accompanied them. We continued our review of verbs, this time adding the passive voice to our review. With practice the students quickly recalled the correct formation and translation of verb tenses, and in the next session we will aim to cover the subjunctive mood as well."
"The student has prepared so much for her test! We reviewed a week's worth of translation, practiced parsing and scansion, and talked about the Odyssey and the epic tradition. She did well on last week's test. I know she will do well tomorrow!"
"We covered indirect statements this session and first practiced identifying the characteristic accusative subject and infinitive verb. Then, we translated a passage of Latin to English which contained many such indirect statements. The student learned to identify indirect statements quite quickly. As we translated, several passive vs. active and infinitive forms came across. We worked through these subjects and he quickly picked up on how to translate these forms. I will send along lists for review this week to further reinforce these concepts. Good work this week!"
"The student and I reviewed an English test on which she received an 82 but could have, with a little preparation, scored much higher. We reviewed the material and talked about how she will prepare for future tests. We also continued to work on her writing, this time challenging her to plan and execute an opinion essay."