Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on reading today. I introduced him to the section, the format, the passage types, and the question types. He thought he would be better with explanatory passages, so we started with science. He did extremely well. I don't see the passages being beyond his reading comprehension level at all. He is generally good at decoding. I mostly foresee learning to carefully read the questions and interpret the answer choices as being most of our work. We did not do a "literary narrative" passage today. I am interested to see how he does with these. I will then be able to determine in which order he should tackle the Reading passages."
"Today, I reviewed his math homework with him. He had several word problems on ratios. He answered some of them correctly but was not able to explain his answer. Additionally, he forgot to simplify the ratios. We worked on simplifying the ratios, and then explaining the answer. The student had trouble with math problems that gave him a number and asked him to create two groups with a specific ratio. He did not understand how the total number of items related to the simplified ratio. I showed him how to solve the problems by using a ratio table or by using a pictorial representation. Finally, we studied for his science test. We reviewed his notes that defined a hypothesis and explained the difference between a scientific theory and a scientific law."
"The student and I reviewed how to handle animations and movement in real time. He is a bit rusty on the syntax for some of these processes, but he is still very comfortable with the logic behind them. He was able to conceive and debug a method that updates the state of the display based on player actions."
"The student continued to work on his game that he's been developing. The last couple of sessions he began to implement sound into his game. He figured out a way to play a sound clip he wants to use when the player jumps up, but he hasn't figured out how to make it work every time. We went over threads in Java and he seems to understand how to use them, but we will continue next time on using threads to implement the sounds."
"The student took a reading speed test, and his results were 180% above average, with a reading speed of about 300 wpm. We discussed the themes of Ender's Game. He had a really good handle on the broader themes of the book, and made some very astute insights. We also practiced some reading comprehension passages."
"This session, we reviewed the formation of the subjunctive mood of the verb in the active voice. The student was struggling to remember the principle part of the verb that the various tenses form from, so we discussed verb formation for each subjunctive (and indicative) tense in depth. I asked him to do relevant exercises and translations in chapters 2 and 3 of the Latin textbook for next session!"