Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over US History for the majority of the tutoring session. We went over decade-by-decade with the main key events and the president who was in office. We covered from 1920 to the present day again. He took some practice tests, which were tough for him, and then we reviewed the material. I feel this was our best session ever as far as him understanding all the material. He is finally linking the dots together. We also did English where, again, he did well. Next session, we will do science, math, and more history, and he will be taking tests in all three of them. It was a good session."
"Concepts covered in this session are: operations with ratios, proportions, fraction, decimals and percents, area of different figures, finding the missing side length of a right triangle using Pythagorean theorem, similar triangles, pie charts and bar graphs."
"The student focused much better the second half than the first, and I was able to gauge what really incentivizes him to produce great work. I debriefed his mother and his father extensively on the session and how he performed. He was well-prepared for his tests."
"We started forming our vocab word bank and making sure to highlight the differences between assault/robbery and their various degrees. Legal definitions can be very particular, so I recommended the student to read them very slowly and underline key words such as, only, must, or, and that can change the definition meaning completely. We will continue to meet often over the next week in order to help him keep on track with his studying."
"From a test prep booklet, we focused on a poetry reading about a magical water can and how to answer inference questions. By the end of the session, he was able to identify what constitutes an inference question and how to refer back to the reading to find evidence and weigh the best to best answer a given inference question."
"Both students remembered synonyms well. They created flashcards and used them to practice synonym and antonym language problems. They also finished Analogies Practice Drill 17. They each got 4 out of 6 answers right initially. They selected incorrect answers due to difficult vocabulary (e.g. tempest). Student 1 did much better when prompted to complete a writing drill than he did previously. He wrote an engaging and complete story with appropriate punctuation. They completed math drills 12 (fractions as decimals) and the first part of 4 (order of operations). Additionally, they continue to do well in reading. They completed Practice Drill 20. Both children tend to work together best when rewarded with a short break in the middle of the session."
"Today we covered vocabulary and reviewed old vocabulary words. The student was able to understand the relationships between the words in the analogies quickly when she understood each word. I assigned her more vocab to understand and review. There are words that we reviewed in previous lessons that she still needs to learn. We are just focusing on vocab now because she is quite strong in math."
"Reviewed the student's test strategies. Looked at her previous test scores and noted areas that needed improvement. These were primarily in math, science and social studies. Talked about test anxiety and strategies to help her with that. Reviewed the math practice study guide, identified how to approach the problem, and key facts to answer the question. We made a study plan for her where she reviews on her own and I will help her with any trouble areas in the next session. I also suggested she could use some math websites to help reinforce concepts. She was focused, cooperative and open to suggestions."
"The student and I began the math portion of her teacher preparation program. We discussed strategies to pace herself and keep focus. She did well, and we have another session scheduled for Saturday."
"The student and I went through a practice civil service exam. It covered a variety of verbal and problem solving skills to ensure that the applicant understands basic grammar mechanics, reading comprehension, logic, arithmetic, and tabular completion. He did very well with all of the above. Luckily, he has the skills necessary to be successful in all areas of the exam, as any questions that might prove to be more complex will require those exact same skills. I have confidence that he will do very well on Saturday!"