Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over his homework on least common denominators. He knew the material well, only forgot to factor out a common term once. Then we did practice problems with simplifying, multiplying, and dividing fractions and looked over the next sections about mixed expressions and polynomial long division."
"The student worked on editing and grammar this evening. First, we focused on comma and semi-colon placement. In general, she did well with commas, and with identifying non-essential clauses. I encouraged her to read them aloud, and she did very well."
"Worked with the student on math homework. She made excellent progress telling time and adding dimes, nickels, and pennies to create sums of money. I also began to introduce the skip counting concepts that her teachers suggested I focus on by placing dimes on the ten spaces on a number line. Another area on which her teachers suggested I focus was number sense for numbers greater than ten. We worked a little bit on reading and writing numbers greater than ten, and she showed a strong understanding. Her sister and I then drilled times tables. We also talked about how multiplication is a form of rapid adding. I began to introduce the distributive property of multiplication, so that she will understand the logic behind long multiplication (which I plan to begin next week). I think that she will take to long multiplication more quickly if I show her how first and explain why it works later."
"Met with the student for the first time today at her home. She has her last bio exam before her final next Thursday and wants to make an A. She currently has a B in the class. We used the text book and went over 3 chapters: nervous system, respiratory and circulatory system. We drew each system on a single sheet of paper and labeled and simplified the entire book into one-page reviews. I made her repeat the entire pages to me and teach me the concept of each system. We then did the questions in the back of each chapter. She didn't miss any. She is very very bright. I'd be surprised if she didn't get the A."
"Today, we continued to work on opposites by practicing with the flash cards and playing a game. In the game, I would point out different objects in the room and have them tell me which opposite (i.e. hard of soft) it was. This helped them to form connections between the words and real-life objects that they interact with on a daily basis. Then, I introduced them to the Mandarin version of a children's song."
"For this session, I timed the student as he worked through a math test from an ACT Prep Guide. Given the limited time for our session, I set a timer for 30 minutes rather than 60. He was able to complete approximately 30 questions. We then checked the answers with the back of the book and reviewed a few that he either missed or skipped."
"The student and I essentially went through a practice test together. We first outlined an essay based on a prompt in her prep book, and then we went through a complete math and complete reading comprehension section. After that, we reviewed her vocab briefly. The student was very focused."
"Reviewed and conjugated the 5 pillar verbs. Listed all the interrogative words and practiced making common sentences with common -er verbs. Began reading through a conversational textbook annotating new vocabulary and for now, pointing out new -er verbs, and working on reading out loud and focusing on accurate pronunciation."
"We started off our first session discussing what issues the student had with his Geometry coursework, and then quickly reviewed some of the problems from a recent exam. After discussing some of the problems I gave him a few tips to solve problems and some ideas of how to look at the geometric proofs (what he was having trouble with) in a different manner. We then went over more problems that we could find in his book and his class notes to keep testing his skills. To end the session, we found more problems which we answered together and then I tested him on a problem that he was having a lot of trouble with on his exam. He told me that he did feel a lot more comfortable and confident doing the problems by the end of our session."
"We went over chapter 9, and practiced using negations. We've decided to move quickly through the reading, and then move into a more conversational approach to really develop grammar and production. This will help with predicting an author's intention, and getting a better "feel" for how French works."
"Today's session consisted of reviewing plant biology for an upcoming exam. We covered a significant amount of plant biology in preparation for a biology exam. The topics covered included plant structure and function along with the life cycles of various types of plants."
"A very good session. The student and I worked on appositives. For her homework, she had to do two exercises using appositives. She understood the concept so it was a matter of using vocabulary which would stand out. We were able to accomplish quite a bit. Not only did she master how to use appositives in writing but she also learned one more rule concerning the use of commas."