Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished another math section and he's doing much better. This means he's missing a couple of problems but getting nearly 100% of the questions right in the first 15. Points are points so he's probably going to be ok on the math. We moved to the other sections and also began talking about the format and types of questions on the PSAT. He'll probably be fine on the math PSAT section since it is much easier than what he'll be used to. I assigned him a reading and a math section to do this week."
"The student and I spent about half our time going over science. We worked through types of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. After that we read through his book, getting through a chapter and then he finished up a work sheet."
"The student had a two-page essay due for his Technical Writing course. He had already developed very good content that was two pages long. However, we went back over the essay to revise and refine it. I helped him develop a much stronger and clearer thesis as it applies to the assignment. We also worked on the organization of the essay. We made sure all the essay's content details applied to the thesis by his rewriting of sentences and adding new ideas. He created a conclusion for the essay as it applies to his thesis. We will go over the essay again at our next meeting with review of some more additional assignments."
"Discussed force diagrams and vectors. Talked about the concept of force and how to properly use normal force, acceleration force, gravitational force, and frictional force. Assigned problems from chapter 4 of physics book."
"We read stories from his French comic book. I would read each section in French, pointing out the words he knows, then repeat it in English. At the end, he was able to answer all the comprehension questions without any problems."
"This is the last session with the student and we focused on reading comprehension. We reviewed strategies for reading comp and learning vocabulary effectively."
"The student and I continued to work on math. He has shown improvement with geometry and lines. His homework is to complete a ratio and triangle practice test. He is strong in terms of vocabulary. Toward the end of the session, I gave him GRE vocab questions to try to stump him. I was unable to do so."
"I taught her the difference between the use of preterit vs. imperfect tense. We then worked through a few paragraphs to review the use between the two tense. She seemed to understand the concept after I assessed her. I then taught her the future tense and showed her a site on the internet where she could practice conjugating the verbs in the future tense for mastery. We then reviewed the reflexive verbs and how to conjugate. I then assessed her for comprehension. We also reviewed the verb gustar and practiced the use of the verb."
"The student's class had just begun a new unit on present subjunctive. We reviewed the information his teacher gave him, and he seems to understand the concept. We continued with some practice which included reviewing some words the student had not seen for a while then looking at some new vocabulary which he will use frequently with the present subjunctive."
"We went over the topics to be covered on the student's Nov 12 Spanish exam: vocabulary on health & sports and the following tenses: (when to use) the past perfect vs. the past imperfect, (when to use) the subjunctive vs. the indicative, and, to a lesser extent, the use of past perfect vs. the past pluperfect. The student is pretty adept at the vocabulary. Using cue cards, he named most of the words. We went over exercises for each of the tenses listed above. Eight out of ten times, he chose the correct tense. He's still trying to fully wrap his head around when to use the past perfect versus the past pluperfect. I commended his work so far and told him to use his instinct when in doubt. Because he has a keen interest in sports, I asked him to choose 2 articles on sports en Espanol. His homework is to identify which tenses are being used in them."
"We reviewed vocabulary from last session by using index cards. Also, we practiced conjugations in the preterit and imperfect tense. We focused on new vocabulary from his class and the expression tener plus infinitivo. I explained how we use the phrase for obligations and how we use it for communication. We practiced by looking at his notes and homework. We also practiced by using the vocabulary from class so he can prepare for his quiz on Friday. The student is improving on translation when we went over sentences or conversing in the target language. He is going to practice more on vocabulary including making index cards. We also talked about studying and that he should make flashcards to prepare for his quiz. I have no concerns from this session."
"Today the student and I reviewed flashcards I made that tested her knowledge on the different moods of Spanish. She did pretty well on them today and I think that if she utilizes these flashcards while she studies, she will improve tremendously. We also did more paragraph practice today. The student did mention that she did well on her paper, which is fantastic! She plans to shoot me an e-mail this week regarding what material to cover next week, at which point I will develop a lesson plan for Tuesday"