Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I worked through some physics problems to prepare her for her exam coming up on Thursday. She needed some reminding of the differences between working with systems where energy is conserved and when energy is not. When we meet again on Thursday, we will tackle the very difficult, comprehensive review problem that has been causing her some issues."
"We worked on games, which the student did well on, though she is still a bit slow. We will continue to work on this next session."
"Today, we worked on a sample math section and science section. She scored a 27 and 29 on these sections respectively, so her score is already improving significantly. However, I am concerned about her timing on these sections, so that is what we are really going to focus on in our next few sessions."
"I assessed the student's reading grade level with a reading assessment. He got to a sixth grade instructional level. We will work on his learning to interact with the text more when he reads on his own. Then we read more about WWII."
"I had a great session with the student today! She took her SSAT a few weeks ago, and is planning to take it again in November and December. Her scores did improve with only a few sessions of tutoring, even with all the traveling and hectic schedule she had over the summer. I am confident that her scores will continue to improve over the next few months. Today we talked a lot about strategies and ways to improve her score. We went over her score report, and talked about the items she missed and why she might have missed them. I stressed the importance of leaving questions blank when she has no idea of the correct answer, since it's better to get 0 points than to get the quarter point subtracted. We also discussed several strategies for her to use to practice over the next two weeks before school starts. I'm pleased with her progress, and I know that she will do well as long as she puts in the requisite effort."
"We worked on algebra, trigonometry, graphing functions and inequalities, logarithms and exponents, foundational reasons of why not every function is defined by an equation, and test taking strategies. When we first started working together, the student struggled to keep the various algorithms straight. This was mostly an artifact of a "bag of tricks" approach to mathematics. After we went over the conceptual basis of these constructions, his skills improved dramatically. He's a really bright kid, and he is more aware of his needs and competencies than I was in the 9th grade. I look forward to finding out how he does on his big test today."