Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over a math section of his exam booklet today. He does well on most basic arithmetic, but we'll need to work on timing so he doesn't make so many mistakes. We'll spend tomorrow going over English."
"During this session the student and I went over a previous quiz and then prepared for an upcoming quiz. We worked on problems out of the book that will be covered on the upcoming quiz. When I left, he had a grasp of all the rules of logarithms and how to apply them to each problem."
"Reviewed preterite and present tense for irregular, stem-changing verbs. Later we also included direct object pronouns and indirect object pronouns. The student also let me keep a copy of his textbook for future lessons to be aware of what he is learning in grammar."
"We reviewed chapter 4 material which included exponents, factoring, and scientific notation. Half of the topics we had worked on before, so we focused today on scientific notation, multiplying and dividing exponents. Scientific notation hasn't been covered in class yet, so that was a struggle initially, but after some practice problems she got the hang of it. She did well with the exponents and remembered factoring well. Her test isn't until next Friday, but she seems to be well prepared already."
"The student and I worked through several sections of a practice SAT (2 math, 1 reading, and 1 writing). In math, we focused on strategies for attacking problems by working backwards from what the question is asking and determining what formulas and missing variables are needed to arrive at the answer. In reading, our main focus was on eliminating answer choices based on the specifics in their wording. In writing, we looked at the nuances of some grammar rules and tenses such as past and present perfect."
"The student and I worked through some Chapter 9 problems on sample proportion and sample mean distributions. I think he had a very strong understanding of the material by the end of our session - we went through the various formulas and vocabulary for the section, and he was doing well on the final problem even when I did not provide him any guidance while he was working on it."
"The student and I had our first session today. I introduced him to how the test breaks up into each time frame and how the points work. After introducing him to the format of the test, we went through the reading section together. I taught him the approach for each question type (sentence completion, short reading passages, and long reading passages). He is quite good at the reading section because he is able to break down the passages systematically and apply him analysis to the questions. I intend to help him become familiar with every type of math problem, focusing specifically on geometry and complex algebra."
"Reviewed vocabulary from questions that the student struggled with in practice. Looked at critical reading sections and showed her how to better find answers in the passage. Worked on the grammar section."
"We reviewed partial fraction decomposition by practicing problems from the student's textbook. We also dissected problems in which u-substitution and partial fraction decomposition were necessary in sequence."
"We were looking at a Chinese text with famous quotations, and the student explained the quotes to me in English. I asked him questions and helped him with English words that he was unable to translate to from the Chinese, I helped him with grammar in his explanations. Then we hit on the topic of Chinese History and the story of the Three Kingdoms, and he explained all the stories related to this, and the parts that were historically accurate. I think this session did a lot to help him speak and add vocabulary. He is ready to fill in his understanding with many new English words; the space is there and ready to fill in."
"Today I sat in on his math class and got a feel for the style and expectations of his teacher. We then met and discussed how we would adjust our meeting times since his math class is 9-9:50 MWF and how we would prepare him for the tests that will ultimately determine his grade."
"The student and I met tonight for one of our two sessions, focusing mostly on the Math section of the test as this was her biggest concern. We focused on geometry, particularly coordinate geometry (slope-intercept and point-slope) and trigonometry (unit circle, law of sines), and talked some statistics later on (means, medians, calculating averages with missing data, probability heuristics)."