Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over the different sections, and types of questions on the SAT. We made a review sheet of testing strategies together, and discussed ways to increase her vocabulary. I gave her some homework to do and also set up a schedule for practice tests. We decided to meet this Sunday, next Tuesday and Friday. She was very active during our session, and I'm looking forward to working with her over the next two weeks."
"The student completed an entire reading practice test. I recorded his first answer and if it was incorrect or he was struggling to answer, I gave him tips. We worked on crossing out the answers that were definitely wrong, etc. His score on this reading test was 24, up from 17 previously. It did take 57 minutes to complete the test, but he will have additional time. We also worked on more science questions. I focused heavily on having reading tables, charts, and figures to help him become more comfortable with the process."
"The student did well on her first vocabulary quiz (only mixed up two words), and wrote another practice essay. Her writing is continuing to improve, and she understands the 5 paragraph format now, though she still needs a little bit of work on grammar. We talked through some math topics from the book (the arithmetic and number theory section) and discussed reading comprehension strategies."
"The student worked on a worksheet on power functions and polynomials. We talked about how to factor polynomials and how to graph polynomials from its factors. A lot of what we did had to deal with power functions and using word problems to set up and use the power function. The key to this was to know what they are asking and where each piece of information fit into the function. We took it really slow and I made sure he knew why we were doing each step."
"3/13 - New unit, graphing absolute value graphs. Find the vertex and graph based on the slope. Solve inequalities algebraically, graph absolute value graphs with inequalities. Left 9 extra problems for practice."
"The student and I continued to work our way through the learning coding site. We went over the basics of Java classes, methods, and instance (class) variables. He's making great progress. He is one of the smartest kids his age I've ever met."