Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked through a session on using synthetic division and long division to divide polynomials by polynomials. The process is long, but straightforward. I ended the session by showing the student how to use a website to check homework assignments."
"The student and I worked on a variety of concepts today. We practiced spelling words, with an emphasis on the suffixes -er, -est, -ly, -ful, and -ed. We practiced vocabulary, fluency, restating the question when answering the question, and punctuation marks when writing. We also worked on fractions and math vocabulary terms, like numerator and denominator, math word problems, and circling key words. Today was our best session yet! He had an extremely positive attitude!"
"Worked with the student today on understanding and responding to prompts for reading assignment Dante's Inferno. Discussed differences in speaker and author's intent. We worked on ways to approach more difficult text."
"Today we focused on the formation and use of regular and irregular preterit forms. We discussed what she was doing in her Spanish class. We did some reading out loud from a news article to practice pronunciation and reading comprehension. I quizzed her on the conjugation of preterit, and she did very well. Because the student had done her homework, we were able to cover a lot of material. We did one sample exercise from the book, and then moved towards a more conversational approach, talking about things that she had done recently, and some of the different situations for using ser and estar. For next time, she will review numbers, learn ten new vocabulary words. Next class, we will focus on the formation of the imperfect past tense and when to use it, and we will practice identifying and using the pronouns for indirect and direct objects."
"Student and I had a very productive day today. We started by doing a full run-through of his Spanish materials for tomorrow's quiz, including ser vs. estar, ordinal numbers, and vocab. We then did his essay worksheet for the upcoming Catcher in the Rye paper, and I asked him to have a draft of the essay to me by next Monday at the latest. Hoping the quiz goes well and looking forward to seeing the student on Wednesday."
"On Thursday we started with Memoir concepts as well as Drama. I looked at his drama homework and had him go over a few of his incorrect answers. We then worked on Poetry characteristics as well as structure. We discussed what a Haiku is and analyzed one. At the end of the session I had him read a passage that contained 180 words, and he was able to do it in a minute."
"We worked through circle translations and scale-factors. These two techniques were used to explore the idea of similarity of all circles and how to transform one circle into another using translations and scale-factors. We also worked through some of his Algebra homework. The student still needs to put more work into memorizing the most standard of equations and formulas, but he's gotten much better about writing down the steps he goes through in order to arrive at each of his answers."
"Tonight, the student and I worked through a test he took earlier today. The questions dealt with fractions and decimals, both with word problems as the model. He is growing stronger and stronger with fractions. His ability to add and subtract, convert improper to mixed, and multiply has really grown."
"The student and I worked on her essays, examining them closely for organization, argument quality, and adherence to question topic. We paid particular attention to the argument essays. We discussed the possible argument essay topics and explained questions she found unclear. We also examined her practice test for difficult questions and went over reading comprehension question types. She is taking the next week off, so I've given her two weeks worth of homework."
"Today we practiced a lot of conversation. The student has gotten much better with pronunciation, and the use of articles. She has also improved in sentence structure. We practiced questions and sentence structure."
"The student's test is in two weeks. She is finally getting comfortable with finding the area of complex shapes, which is an awesome improvement. Today we examined number lines along with multiplication of numbers greater than 10. I've wanted to work with number lines for a while, because she struggled with them during our initial review. I'm very happy with her progress and I expect good things from her test."
"The student and I worked on her science homework (layers of the ocean) and some of her history/writing work as well. Since her class is about to leave for a field trip, as well as take the standardized state tests."