Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did well with turning fractions into mixed numbers, subtracting decimals, pre-algebra and word problems. He read well today and identified genre, main idea, etc. He was having a little bit of a problem with blends so we went over quite a few combinations of blends. This seemed to help him."
"The student and I worked on turning the persuasive essay outline we worked on last session into a real essay draft this time. He seems to understand the pattern for writing a persuasive essay. Afterwards, we worked on reviewing some algebra skills."
"We did Section 2 (Reading) of SAT Test 1 from the prep book. SAT Test 1 will be the student's Diagnostic Test. When he was done, we discussed his past actual SAT exams, his classes, college aspirations, and schedule."
"Today we worked on a lot of math, and only had a few issues with some basic geometry, and a few perimeter/area problems. Then we managed to go through a fair amount of vocab- the boys team beat the girls team in our vocab contest. Then we had a few minutes to go through ratios, which some students had a few issues with, so we'll start on that next time before moving through some reading sections and more analogies."
"Today, the student and I went over more practice problems. She is improving drastically on her complex math. I will continue to work with her on simple math. At this point, I feel she has the knowledge to do well. "
"The student and I reviewed his homework from last week. He only missed one problem, which makes me very happy! We reviewed that problem so he knows what to do next time. We also covered topics on circuits involving capacitors and resistors. We also touched on the basics of the chapter 21 (3rd edition) which involves forces caused by magnetic fields. We'll go more in depth with that chapter next week."
"During this session the student and I reviewed previous assignments, exams, and his current homework (deriving different ways to calculate the same area for a room).Issues that still need addressing: Telling time from an analog clock, Fractions- interpreting "greater-than" and "less-than" between two fractions, multiplication tables, and how to multiply numbers by hand. Division-understanding what the concept of "area" means when related to the two-dimensional surface. He is a very smart child and he is capable of excelling at anything he focuses on."
"In chemistry we did additional practice problems on writing compounds and naming compounds. I was able to make some topics clearer for the student. He had done the homework with a friend, but still didn't really understand the concepts or procedures. We discussed schedule for preparing for this week's 2 quizzes and the 3 midterms that are in 2 weeks. It was a short session because of not much to cover. The student seems to have a better attitude about it all. I will reach out to his mom's assistant to get his schedule."
"Completed two quizzes on plant structure and reproduction. Conducted additional research and composed text for essay on Ctenophora. Created outline and preliminary research for lab work on vascular plants."
"Did two math sections from the prep book. Scaled score was a 600. Current composite score is 199, anywhere from 11 to 21 points away from national merit. Needs to get used to the style of questions on the math section."
"We reviewed the student's homework. He completed the reading passages (4), but not the English Usages passages We then read in detail the strategies for the rhetorical skills portions of the English section. Then we practiced passages 1 & 2 of practice test 3 (English ACT). We also reviewed strategies for Reading passages and we looked over reading Passages II and IV of practice test 5. Homework I assigned: 1) English Usage Passages 3 & 4 or Practice test 3 2) Reading passages I and IV of Practice Test 5."
"In our second session, the student and I looked over some reading strategies and implemented them on practice problems. We also practiced some math problems. I have asked him to write an essay for our next session."