Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I tutored the student again today on Language Arts. We reviewed what a noun is and the difference between a common noun and a proper noun. Then we reviewed what a pronoun is and I helped her with her homework of identifying possessive pronouns. We then played a word game with phonics cards I have and finally we started reading a book, which will be a project we regularly incorporate into our lessons. We started reading, "The Case of the Dognapped Cat". I showed her how to summarize a chapter and left her with homework to read the next chapter and summarize and illustrate the main points."
"The student seemed to grasp the concepts of light-independent reactions well. We reviewed the material we'd gone over at the last session (photosynthesis, light-dependent rxns, etc.) We also completed the end of the chapter review quiz and he answered the questions correctly with minimal assistance. Then we began reviewing cell division by completing the first page of a worksheet given by the teacher. We are to complete reviewing cell division and then start ch.1 at our next session on Tuesday."
"I had the student take timed practice passages in the Science section to try and gauge any apparent weaknesses. I think she is a bright student who definitely has the potential to increase her science score by a few points at the very least."
"In this session we worked on the student's organization skills such as arranging test, quiz and homework according to dates (so that he doesn't lose them), keeping small reminder notes for homework and test in both his school locker and home (so that he doesn't forget to turn the homework in), prioritization, setting weekly goals (e.g. His weekly average grade for homework, quiz and test should be at least 90%), notifying his parents about test dates (for reinforcement), and studying for test before the test date. Practicing these organizing techniques will help him eliminate bad habits like losing homework or not turning it in, not focusing or learning from homework and not studying for test. I am hoping that this will help him get organized."
"The student and I began working on her second list of sight words today. I had her read the sight words to me as I wrote them down to gauge how many she knew. She knew quite a few but not a majority. I think the list will fit her growing vocabulary well. We then read a book that contained many of the sight words from her first list. She was able to read nearly every word in the book either from "sight" or by sounding it out, marking a drastic improvement from when we began working together. We wrapped up the session by reviewing her new sight words via her "Mother May I" game."
"Met with the student for the first time in a long time. We did a lot with rational functions and working with the harmonic mean. He also had a little take home section of his test that we reviewed."
"We spent this session reviewing some organic chemistry material before the student's exam on Monday. She seems prepared and needs to work on taking deep breaths when she gets nervous during exams. We spent the rest of the session reviewing the MCAT organic chemistry material from last session, testing her memory and comprehension and then doing a number of practice passages. I encouraged her to continue to review material that we have already covered because there is quite a bit of it and she sometimes has trouble remembering it. We have quite a bit of MCAT material to review before her November exam, so I also encouraged her to stick to the calendar that we laid out for her."
"Today we started Acid Base Chemistry. We went through a method to estimate logarithms so the student would be able to estimate pH. We also went through the definitions of Ka and Kb and how to get the pH of weak acids and bases. I made sure we were approaching it as an equilibrium problem to assure the big picture was getting across rather than just scratching the surface of Acid/Base Chem."
"We studied CNS,PNS, microtubules, microfilaments, intermediate filaments. Mostly Biology covered. Was able to help her with genetics and homework problems, which seem to trouble her the most. This should have helped her tackle these problems as it was just basic math and understanding errors. Left with more homework problems, if she finishes she should be good to go on that particular subject. Gen Chem next session."
"The student and I covered topics from general chemistry pertaining to the gas laws, kinetics, and the kinetic molecular theory. We also began working through basic biology (i.e., we reviewed cell anatomy and basic cell physiology). We reviewed the students first practice exam."
"We worked through more physics problems today, focusing on methods for approaching problems generally and torque subject questions. We will finish up with physics practice this week and move on to general chemistry next week, followed by organic chemistry the week after that, giving about one week for general review before the students test."
"Today we finished a worksheet going over the mathematical basis for the property values in the game Monopoly. We then went over a review of scatter-plots, calculating variable statistics, finding best fit lines and identifying random selection method to review for the unit test."