Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Covered essay writing - expanding ideas & proof reading. The student did very well after he was encouraged to go further into detail and then proof his own work."
"Helped the student with his math homework in preparation for an upcoming exam. He seems to have a much better mastery of the material than he did a few weeks ago. It is most important for the student to slow down when he works and write neatly so that he can keep track of everything."
"I spent this session giving the student a jumpstart on the next couple of sections, which she will learn in future classes. She seemed to respond well to what I was explaining. It is clear to me that she has a good foundation in math, and will learn the upcoming material well."
"The student and I focused on her AP English homework. She was parsing a speech from Patrick Henry and identifying rhetoric and appeals within the speech. She seemed to have a better understanding of the speech itself after we finished. She was having trouble applying the principles of rhetoric at first, but I think she understands that better now as well."
"Today the student and I reviewed material he has previously done for his upcoming math test on Tuesday. This involved review of estimation, multiplication tables, word problems, in/out problems, adding and subtracting with decimals, and writing true and false number sentences. He seems to be comfortable with the information and understands how to come to the correct answer. He occasionally has trouble with decimals if they are not in money units and he had trouble rounding money to the nearest dollar. He sometimes has difficulty with word problems if they are in regards to multiplication and division, but does well with addition and subtraction."
"The student and I spent a good chunk of the time going over a problem we had worked on Monday. We also worked on another complicated problem regarding energy. Because the problems he's working on tend to be very complex, 1.5 hours tends to be only enough time for us to work on 1-2 problems thoroughly."
"We spent one hour reviewing a practice test (assigned for class) and the other hour working on an essay for the student's social studies class (about Andrew Jackson). For the essay we focused on a thesis statement and organizing the structure so she could fill in the rest on her own."
"The student and I made flashcards for several new upcoming sections of vocabulary for his Spanish class and practiced them. We covered stem changing verbs (e to ie). We also reviewed important topics and vocabulary for his geography class."
"Today, we had a "whole class" review session. We discussed some calculus techniques specific to help solving physics-type equations as well as some graphical analysis techniques. We then covered the third and fourth sections in his book in review for his upcoming exam. I left him with a few general review questions and have him creating a review sheet for all of the angular questions that he has had to be covered in our next session."
"We reviewed the student's chemistry lecture notes. The topics included the electronic structure of elements, half life, and scientific numbers. We did some practice on how to convert the results into the scientific form and the concept behind it."
"We worked on an activity with sound recognition/writing/reading. In addition, the student worked on two worksheets matching pictures to sounds they make. We also reviewed previous material and continued to read in the Bob books."
"The student and I started tonight's session by analyzing his finals schedule for the next few weeks. We then mapped out a plan to finish each paper and prepare for each test. Tonight, we prepared for his final in-class assignment on Wednesday, which is a five-paragraph essay based on three questions given in advance. He answered those questions and wrote a practice essay tonight with some minimal guidance from me. We then went over each sentence to fix grammar and spelling mistakes. Having already written a practice essay in preparation for Wednesday (parts of which he will likely be able to use), both he and I are confident he will get a good grade on his final assignment. Having already finished the final paper in his College Foundations class, our focus moving forward will strictly be on preparing for his final exams in Western Civilization and Anthropology."