Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused on her reading comprehension and speaking skills. We broke down an AP passage, and she then prepared and performed a practice AP speaking presentation on the material. We also focused on good "connecting words" and practiced that with a pretend speaking presentation."
"Encouraged the client to quicken the pace of independent work and studying to maintain preparation timeline (LSAT is seven weeks away). During session, guided client through advanced grouping challenges (Analytical Reasoning)."
"The student is learning about pH and redox reactions in chapters 19 & 20. We went through his homework problems regarding pH and pOH, and the concepts backing the math. We then worked through a packet for redox reactions and went over the rules of assigning redox numbers. He may have a test on Friday, but if it is pushed back then we will meet sometime over the weekend."
"The student and I worked on absolute value functions today. We covered a lot of topics, including how to solve absolute value equations and inequalities. We then talked about graphing, with y = abs(x) as the parent function, and we briefly mentioned that the transformations on that parent function are similar to those seen in linear and quadratic equations."
"During this session the student and I reviewed his previous writing piece. I also assessed his current spelling. We then worked on how to integrate voice into his writing. This writing trait will continue to be focused on throughout our next sessions. The student has made wonderful growth! "
"Today, the student and I worked on spelling words and using those words in context form, words that were similar (synonyms) and opposites (antonyms), and filling in the blanks to determine what the missing word is. For the majority of our session, we reviewed what the student has been learning in Science since she is having a test on it this week. We covered what a geologist does and the different types of minerals that are found on the Earth as well as their classification (sedimentary, extrusive, intrusive igneous rocks) We defined many vocabulary words and made flashcards as a learning tool to master the above objectives."
"The students taking his test next week. He had almost completed a diagnostic test, and generally improved a lot on each section. He had almost perfect scores in the quantitative areas. Student was still having trouble with the first part of the Language section, which asks the test taker to find the mistakes. We finished the section, going over strategies and seeing what general ideas came up. We also went through the verbal reasoning section."
"4/4 & 4/9: This week the student had a great attitude for both sessions. He was almost focused for the entire time of the last session. He worked on the letter D this week. I made several different activities having him recognize, trace and free-hand the letter D. During the second session, I had pulled out a piece of paper with the numbers 1-10 written on it. Without asking him to do anything yet, he grabbed the paper and started to touch each number, starting at 1, and say the numbers. He skipped the number 2 and had trouble with the 10. Other than that, he did great! We went over the numbers a few more times. Then, I had him complete a few pages in a workbook connecting matching numbers with lines."
"Continuing from our previous session, we reviewed how logarithms behaved. In addition, we talked about what the natural number is, and how it is used in exponents and logarithms. The rest of session was spent working problems that require the use of multiple rules."
"The student has a midterm coming up, so we worked through a packet of problems to prepare for the test. He is doing well on most of the material, and during our next session we'll focus on some of the small areas that need a little work."
"The student had attempted the rest of the practice SOL. The main other work he had, besides general SOL review from his teacher, which we went through, was a worksheet on statistics. He needed help with z-scores, interpreting the normal curve (area as probability), and the meaning of standard deviation."
"The student and I continued working through the math portion of the ACT. He is doing very well as far as accuracy is concerned; however, I think we are still having issues with timing. I explained to him that he doesn't want to rush, but he should aim for working with a sense of urgency. We plan to meet again this coming Monday."