Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Began by discussing the homework essay. This was better than her previous attempts, and used historical examples that were relevant and well supported. There were several grammar errors and repeated language, which I pointed out. In general, she also tends to use slightly vague and general language, rather than specific and concrete details. We discussed the abstract vs. concrete language lesson in the SAT book, and how to apply it to essay writing. We used the remaining time to complete an in-class essay, to help her get used to writing under pressure. We did discuss possible approaches to the question, and I asked her to brainstorm some initial examples and a thesis statement. This essay, which we briefly reviewed at the end, was good, and was devoid of some of her previous mistakes. Aside from a few grammar issues and a tendency to repeat certain phrases, it was very good."
"The student had an essay due the next day. We had worked on the thesis and an outline last week. I was very glad to see that he had a rough draft finished as planned. He had followed the pacing plan throughout the week. I helped him add more details to his essay and helped structure it according to his teacher's directions."
"We did some additional practice on basic multiplication and division, presenting the equations in different forms in order to help the student remember the associations between numbers. We also did a game with fractions and decimals, solving arithmetic problems and lining them up with the right answers. We also worked on some other ways he can solve a math problem when he is stuck."
"The student and I discussed goals and corrected the English section of her practice test. We talked about strategy in terms of guessing. We also discussed clear and concise writing."
"The student and I started looking at a set of notes on solutions. We talked about the concepts as she answered the questions. She had to understand the relationship between solutes and solvents in solution. She had to understand concentration (molarity) and dilutions. She did a good job of understanding and applying the concepts."
"The student read a rather long reading passage and did very well. He has trained his eye to properly locate the subject, the verb, and then the other components. With the school year rapidly drawing to an end, I asked if he needed to prepare for a final exam, and he said that there would not be one. Good news!"