Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed in detail the process of figuring out electron configuration. I tried to broaden his knowledge of why electron configuration exists, in an effort to help him complete a few exercises for class."
"We reviewed Student 1's homework, which covered a variety of concepts (switching between mixed numbers and improper fractions, converting from fractions to decimals, reading graphs, solid figures, etc.) With Student 2, we worked on word problems and his hw sheet, which was comparing fractions."
"Today we reviewed concepts of verbal phrases, participle and infinitive phrases, and the student completed 4 pages of grammar homework due Thursday. We also discussed rock elements, minerals, creation and sub-paction zone, mid-oceanic rifts, igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, and divisions within each. He completed his Earth Sciences homework due Thursday and we reviewed the first page of grammar homework due Friday."
"I re-connected with the student who apprised me of her assignments in English and her very tight schedule this year. A highly intelligent person, she has utilized the writing structure of the MLA procedure. She is currently studying Ibsen's "A Doll's House". Her assignments depend heavily on passage analysis and vocabulary. The student is extremely adept at both. She's a pleasure."
"This session with the student went well. We primarily focused on math this session, specifically on percentages and probability. We then did some work on the Mathematics achievement portion. We will continue to work on these concepts so she feels more confident, but she is picking up these concepts fairly quickly."
"Started looking at HSPT-level adjectives today; retention was about what I expected for our first look, but the student continues to respond well to association strategies (breaking words into their component parts, or developing our own mnemonics) and graphic organizer exercise. She had also surveyed the vocabulary-related sections in her own prep book, and we went over her lists of "recognized" and "not recognized" words. Progress continues, though one thing I'd like to support going forward is flexibility from certain vocab rules. Similar-looking but unrelated words can cause her some trouble (and throw a wrench our associations), but continued use and reading can help here."
"The student and I worked on material from Chapter 5 today. We went over ratios (5-5), which he had not yet learned in class. He seemed to understand the basic concept of ratios, so that should assist him when they go over the material in class. We also reviewed multiplication and division of fractions (5-1, 5-2) and rates (5-3). Overall, he seems to have good understanding of material and had good attitude!"
"Final prep for the PSAT, the student just wanted to get a little bit more practice in so we only met for an hour again. Our lesson consisted of two in-class timed sections and a review of each afterwards. We chose to focus on Reading and Math since Writing is her strongest subject. She did well on the vocab sentence completion. I stressed vocab review long-term to prepare for the SAT. In Math, she missed a few questions due to calculation errors, but generally did well. I reminded her to show as many steps as possible on paper to make it easy to check work."
"The session with the student today focused on stoichiometry and understanding the concepts of nomenclature. We worked through basic concepts, and at the end of the session she could confidently work her way through the problems."
"I met again with the student this week because she has both a midterm and an exam this week and next week. We reviewed all the material covered so far: Atomic structure, subatomic particles, isotopes, electron configuration, ions, and valence shell. We went through her old homework and class worksheets. She definitely has a solid grasp on the material!"
"This week the student and I worked on translations and transformations of shapes on Cartesian planes. He had some initial questions which were puzzling him at school and I decided to explain to him that he should treat each vertex of the shape in question as a separate entity and hence, shouldn't worry about what the shape now looks like until he's finished translating all the vertices. In addition, I am happy to report that his concentration levels were much improved this time around and this is excellent as he's now able to gain as much out of our weekly tutorial session as possible. Progress appears to be holding steady."
"Today we covered dividing polynomials. I left the student with two practice problems from the book. No concerns from this session. He is coming along well so far."