Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In my session with the student we focused on Improving Sentences, a type of question in the Writing section of the SAT. After going through the techniques to use and the most common grammar that they test, we did a solid 45 minutes of examples. I feel like he made improvements even just within the session, and was really doing well. The last part of the session we spent reviewing the Reading section techniques that we had already gone over, and doing practice Sentence Completion and Critical Reading."
"Today the student and I covered the basic structure of DNA, the architecture of the cell (organelles, DNA-> protein), and also once more reviewed the processes of cellular respiration and homeostasis. Next time we will go over ecology--in the meantime I gave him many problems to do/practice in his workbook on the material we have covered. I also gave him a large glossary of history terms to internalize for the assessment test's Global & Geography Section. "
"The student and I went over some specific questions she had about certain calculus problems and concepts. Even though we were not able to get to all of her questions, I made sure to send her a follow up email with some videos and work that I had done on other problems. She seems to be finding the help I am giving her valuable and she also seems to understand the way I explain things. We should be able to meet before her AP exam and will hopefully cover any remaining topics she might be struggling with."
"The student and I had a great session today. He has been working hard in reviewing his sight words, and it showed in our session this week. Today, I introduced him to words that have -ear and -eer sounds such as near, year, hear, steer, deer, etc. We also reviewed sounds that we have been working on over the past several months. He finds them to be challenging to him, so as a strategy, I have asked him to write down the words and choose the one that looks correct. For example, the word 'burn' sometimes can be tricky for him because he mixes the spelling with -ir (birn) or -er (bern). When he writes these words out and sees a visual, he does well choosing the correct spelling. To practice fluency and accuracy, during our session, we read a book that involved readers theatre. Readers theatre is simply like acting out a part in a play. He enjoyed taking turns reading and did well getting involved and adding expression in his reading."
"The student has a lot of homework, especially on Wednesdays it seems. We looked over his Spelling and Math homework, both of which he has a test in today. We also spent a few minutes reviewing Math facts. He's a great kid and a hard worker!"
"Topics covered: -reviewed how to organize an essay, write a thesis statement, and diversify one's arguments -using transitions to connect ideas -what makes a good introductory paragraph Progress achieved: -The student reported that his reflection grades are better. - He is getting good at diversifying his arguments and organizing his thoughts without prompting from me."
"The student and I reviewed several of the old exams in preparation for his final. He gained a better understanding of Green's Theorem and Stokes' Theorem. We also spent a lot of time practicing how to parameterize surfaces and solids using cylindrical, spherical, and polar coordinates. This proved to be the hardest part of most of the problems, but after some practice, he said he felt more confident going into his exam tomorrow."
"Today the student and I spent a lot of time covering science, since it is his strongest subject on the test. We also discussed his motivations behind taking this test. Next week I will be administering a full length practice test, since the actually test date is quickly approaching."
"The student and I completed her government paper outline. We inserted appropriate source material and used easy bib to format the bibliography correctly. All that the assignment lack is an introduction paragraph, which the student will write on her own this evening."
"The student was working on molarity calculations. He had to calculate molarity, moles, and volume. He also had to perform dilution calculations using the dilution formula. He seemed to have an easy time with these calculations. He didn't really need very much assistance; just a few clarifying points."
"The student and I came up with a "plan of attack" for the last two weeks of the 3rd quarter. We reviewed the formula for finding the surface area of rectangular prisms and did some practice problems."
"The student and I talked about her previous GRE sessions, as well as what her goals were in terms of an overall score. We discussed her strengths and weaknesses on the different GRE sections and then took a practice test."