Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was more review in advance of the student's assessment test next week. The student understands much of the material very well and quickly worked through the sections on the Pythagorean Theorem and areas and volumes of solids. As I advised him, the student simply needs to concentrate on what the questions are actually asking, as that was primarily the reason for any incorrect answers."
"The student and I finished reviewing the multiple choice questions. Then, we worked on a fractions activity that involved matching fractions to pictures as a memory game. Finally, we made a list of good math habits for the student to refer to when he does math problems. We will continue to work on the various topics that the student struggles with during the next lesson - identifying and matching fractions as well as decimals. The next session is on Saturday at 5:30pm."
"The student and I spent our time working on the science section today. Before we meet next time, the student is going to take a practice ACT so we can know what would be our best use of time for our last meeting before the real ACT on October 22."
"The student and I covered the molecular structure of DNA, as well as replication and the beginning of transcription. She also expressed interest in hiring me as her physics tutor, which she will take next semester."
"Practice test sections 4 & 5. The student has great math skills, and I just needed to show him a few quick tricks and concepts. Capitalization and punctuation is good, and just needs a bit of work on spelling. Took notes on language arts."
"I introduced "to have" while incorporating numbers, colors, and objects whose names we have already learned. "J'ai", "Tu as", "Nous avons", and "Il a". Also introduced "to like/love". The student can say "j'aime, je t'aime, and je n'aime pas". He is making progress."
"We covered how limits lead to derivatives and then the basic properties of derivatives. The student practiced using the rules on homework problems. I introduced the chain rule and will continue with developing understanding in the next session."
"The student had written a letter in English and we worked on translating it into correct Spanish. This took most of the session and we used his textbook and an online website to double check accents and spelling. After this, we worked on the giving directions portion of the test. I had him practice giving directions using the command form of conjugated verbs. Finally, we worked on describing what is happening in a picture. Tomorrow will be our last session and we will review key vocabulary and conjugation."
"The student produced his notes for his upcoming math test at school, and we quickly reviewed this material. After a brief review of that (basic) material, we applied those lessons in the context of test preparation material. We appropriated parts of the SSAT and ISEE tests in his book for math practice (since the levels are comparable). We spent the last 15-20 minutes checking his progress on vocabulary words. He agreed to work more on the vocabulary this week and over the holidays."
"Today the student and I reviewed clothing and dining vocabulary. We then worked on and completed the speaking portion of his semester 1 exam. He surprised me with some random words that had stuck. Now that we're back on track, I predict he will catch up to where he was before the break and surpass that. "
"I gave the student a practice test where he had to fill in his vocabulary, as well as translate sentences from Chinese to English, and English to Chinese. He initially had trouble so we went reviewed his vocabulary before going through sentence patterns once more. After a twenty minute break, I gave him the test again and he was able to complete it with a few minor mistakes."
"The student and I reviewed her PSAT results and went back through the test to examine the answers she got wrong. She is doing very well in the writing and the reading sections, so we mainly focused on math, which needs the most important. Fortunately, she is getting all of the easy-level and most of the medium-level questions correct, so we were able to work on higher level concepts in algebra and geometry. We also had time to look at a reading section, where we focused on comparing points of view in paired passages."