Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I went over the remainder of the science drills. Then, we looked at her practice exam. She is doing so much better. I don't have her scores right in front of me, but I know her recent science and English tests were in the high 20s. I am so proud of her! We took the rest of the time to go over the questions she missed on those two tests. I'd like her to take a full practice exam before our last session on Thursday."
""Get To Know You" meeting with the student. We're going to read Catch-22 together and talk about tone and themes and symbolism and style and whatnot. We talked about what we're interested in and what goals we have for our sessions together, and how we can be best used together. We also informally discussed The Great Gatsby and Romeo and Juliet, just to gauge expectations vis-a-vis the student's reading level, interest and experience. He's a bright kid - this should be good practice for him."
"In my last session with the student before his big test we just focused on spelling- all words that could be possibly tested from the study guide. We also did general review, but I just focused on any words that seemed like they could cause him trouble, having him write them out many times. He was feeling very confident about the test, but I really wanted him to practice to make sure spelling wasn't an issue."
"The student and I began the session by reviewing key events of the current reading selection. These events were then illustrated and summarized. The student is demonstrating growth in his ability to recognize key events and summarize the story. Excellent job!"
"The student and I met from 12:10-1:40. I was glad to see that there had been an improvement in his level of organization by utilizing his folder. We spent practically the whole session working out Algebra 2 problems to prepare him for his test. The topics included finding the equation of a quadratic function given the graphical representations of zeros, solving quadratic equations. I am expecting a high score on his exam."
"We went over the transformation of the West, which included the Renaissance, commercial evolution, Protestant reformation, scientific revolution, and the Enlightenment. We also discussed some study tactics."
"We reviewed the reading and science portions from last week. It is clear that the student is very capable of answering the questions, but she struggles with timing. We practiced doing each passage of the reading section in 8 minutes and 45 seconds, as is required on the test. She did better than she expected. I think her confidence grew. She will continue practicing this. We also briefly discussed her English and math strategies. She seems to have a good grasp of the concepts and should do well as long as she doesn't overthink the questions. She will complete the science section of test 4 and reading section of test 5 for next week. We are also going to look into finding additional test prep materials for her to practice the reading section with since we are already into the last test of the ACT prep guide."
"The student and I worked on his critical analysis and reading comprehension using a poem from one of the old French exams. He has excellent reading comprehension and critical thinking. Only thing he needs to work on is basic vocabulary. We also worked on 2 other readings which filled the rest of the session."
"I timed the student as he completed the essay portion of the exam. His writing seemed very strong and organized. We also completed the reading portion of a practice exam. Again, he did very well. He is very strong in all of the sections. He just needs to build up his endurance so that he can focus during a long exam."
"During my session with the student today we started to discuss electron configuration. Although she just started to learn about writing electron configurations today she seemed to pick up on all of the new material that I was explaining to her pretty quickly. I think she is very well prepared for class tomorrow. We scheduled another tutoring session for next Monday."
"The student and I did some review problems from her chemistry mid-term review. I taught her how to balance chemical equations, identify limiting reactants, find final quantities, and calculate yield. By the end of the session, she had completed all of the questions in the stoichiometry section and was feeling more confident with the material."
"We covered two more sections of Chapter three, up to where she said she thought the class went up to. We covered how to find asymptotes, how to evaluate limits to infinity, and the second derivative test and concavity behavior. She will need to do plenty of practice before her test from the book to cut down some of the simple mistakes."