Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I went over questions in the reading comprehension section that involve comparing and contrasting two passages. These types of questions had been giving him trouble, but after we went through a couple of practice sections and discussed strategies for approaching these passages, the student only missed one question on a practice run. We also went over some math problems. The student has a good general understanding of math and solves most questions quickly and easily. We also talked about ways to avoid the small computation errors that sometimes show up in his work, and went over strategies for solving the questions he had trouble with, such as plugging in real numbers for the variables when possible. "
"We talked about the test in general, what it is for, and what the student can expect from it. Then we went over a number of sample math problems and worked on systemizing his approach to word problems. He is beginning to standardize his math solutions though it is a fairly new idea to him so it will take time to develop. We also went over reading comprehension problems so I could give him some approach tips and gauge how quickly and accurately he can answer those questions."
"The student and I began by doing a cumulative review of his vocab words and prefixes so far. We then practiced several reading comprehension passages, and I gave him a tip wherein he reads the questions before looking at the passage. We then practiced 30 synonym problems."
"The student and I worked on basic addition facts. I had her write all the different combinations to get to 10, 9, 8. Then we did flashcards for those numbers. Then we did 7, 6, 5 then did flashcards. We still had time so we did 11, 12, and 13 at the end."
"Today, the student and I spent a long time drawing a gallon/quarts/pints/cups chart to help her better understand liquid measurements. She had made a lot of progress by the end, which was great. Her math homework introduced liter/milliliters, so we investigated the contents of the fridge. We will continue to review this next week. We also worked on her saxon grammar. The other student quickly wrote up his project sources, so we spent the rest of the time on the music portion of the project. He promised me he will have it done by next Tuesday so that we can finish it that session."
"During this session, we worked on practicing dialogue punctuation. We also worked on identifying irregular verbs and she wrote an acrostic poem. We discussed and practiced three poetic forms; quatrain, tercet, and couplet."
"Yesterday we had our session. We covered history the during the entire session. We filled out a study guide about WWII, and then went over his notes and the study guide. His test over the material was today. We will find out grades to his English and Science test next week. It was a good session and we were able to accomplish everything we needed to before the break."
"Today, we spent the class doing exercises to practice the various uses and tenses of the subjunctive. We started by doing several different exercises with present subjunctive vs. present indicative. The student expressed some confusion about when to use the subjunctive with unknown people and with wishes/desires/orders with decir, so we spent time reviewing these concepts. We did a bit of practice with the imperfect subjunctive and then spent the rest of the working on hypothetical situations (si clauses) with the imperfect subjunctive and pluscuamperfecto and the conditional and conditional perfect. At the end of class, the student indicated that she was starting to feel more confident about the concepts we'd discussed and practiced the last two days and said that she'd keep doing practice exercises over the next week."
"Today the student and I talked about her Spanish class. She understands her current grammar and vocabulary very well. We did various written exercises, looked at her materials, and I also took a few minutes to ask her about herself en Espanol to practice speaking. I feel that our goals will be organization, study skills, and increasing her confidence in speaking. She knows quite a lot already."
"This session the student and I practiced translations that he was assigned for homework. He successfully translated 20 sentences from English to Spanish. We discussed different tenses and when it would be appropriate to use them. We practiced oral fluency and had a conversation for approximately 15-20 minutes, all in Spanish. In doing so, he was able to see when each tense that he has been practicing in Spanish on paper is applicable in conversation. He worked very hard and we had a very successful session."
"I reviewed the subjunctive and imperative with the student in preparation for her test this week. I brought photocopies of several activities. She did quite well with subjunctive forms, and we reviewed when to use the subjunctive. To practice vocabulary, we had a conversation in Spanish in which I asked her to recommend activities or things in response to my questions: to do this, she had to use both subjunctive and the relevant vocabulary. With imperatives, she was a bit more uncertain, so we spent the last half hour or so with activities on that. I also reviewed the rules on pronoun placement, which is a bit tricky with the imperative."
"The student and I discussed his current grade using online records and a copy of his class syllabus. We determined his biggest issues were with vocabulary. Went over chapters 3 and 4, the most recent chapters that will be on the final exam. We will go over chapters 1 and 2 next week."