Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a great time working hard this session. She was very proud to show a 100% on her last test. She had another test the next day at school. Therefore, we reviewed all of the topics that we thought might be on the test. She is doing a great job more consistently. I can tell she is taking her time and trying to check for mistakes."
"The student brought the new articles she had found on PACE programs to our session. We talked about how they will fit into the big picture of her data, and how to actively read the articles in a way that will save her time and still provide her with the most important information. We adjusted search parameters so that the programs being compared will be equally represented in the research. Finally, we spent some time talking about argumentative writing, science writing, and different techniques to use data to support an argument."
"Today with the student we talked about the Critical Reading section, going through my tips and advice for how to pace yourself, when to skip and when to guess etc. We discussed the different types of questions, how to remain engaged with the reading passages, (underlining etc.). We talked about how to study for vocabulary, how to use the roots to reason out the meaning, the importance of process of elimination, and different techniques for sentence completion. We did a full timed section and went through it. He needs some work on vocab and also with the more difficult reading comprehension questions."
"Math 121 - Teaching Elementary Math: worked through student's homework; discussed the standard subtraction and addition algorithms, as well as alternate methods; explored the reasoning behind why fractions are added the way they are."
"To begin, we discussed the new novel he is reading in English class. So far, he really enjoys the book and did not need any help with the book for class. We reviewed vocabulary and he remembered the definition for each word. After, we read poetry. I modeled how it should be read and he tried to copy the flow. He did very well with this and even made the comment that it was difficult to read a normal book after reading poetry with rhythm. He was also able to do his sight words with no errors."
"The student reviewed Punnett squares, dominant & recessive alleles, homozygous vs heterozygous. She also worked through math homework & section 3-1 of history of the Articles of Confederation. Reviewed teachers notes as well as chapter reading guide and homework assignments on topic."
"During my session with the student today we reviewed for her upcoming retest. She explained that she has an opportunity to improve her grade on a retest of the same material. We reviewed all of the material that she thought could be on the retest including: drawing Lewis dot diagrams, calculating for energy, frequency, and wavelength, and determining electron volts gained or released."
"The student and I went over both review assignments that are assigned this week in preparation for a chapter test on circles on Thursday. I also proposed additional problems of types that weren't covered in the assignment, and the student asked some additional questions based on some more difficult problems they worked on in class. Overall, I feel that he has a good grasp of the material. I advised that he thoroughly review all theorems before the test to be certain of what conclusions he is allowed to draw from various scenarios."
"We discussed problems involving projectile motion and kinematics in two dimensions. We related the one dimensional equations to those in two dimensions in order to establish similarities. We also talked about selecting equations based on the number of unknown variables, and setting up systems of equations when necessary."
"The student and I discussed his performance on his class assignment. We then decided to spend time in session analyzing a short story and writing an essay similar to the class assignment. After reading the story, the student and I discussed our impressions of the themes, plot, and characters. Next session we will write up an analysis."
"The student and I spent our session reviewing for her Human Geography quiz that is this week. We discussed key terms and I had the student give a definition and example of each. We spent several minutes discussing assimilation and acculturation and what their long-term effects could be. It was a hypothetical discussion, but the student could clearly articulate her points and ideas. We also reviewed the short stories that she will be tested on this week. We discussed main characters, plot points, and themes for the stories. The student remembered most of the information so it was a quick, but thorough, review."
"We focused on preparing the student for his Geography test on Religion tomorrow. I quizzed him with information from the text book and also with questions from previous AP exams. He did really well! I think he not only understands the vocabulary, but also the fundamental concepts of the world's religions and how they evolved and spread throughout the globe. He's in a good place for tomorrow's test."