Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on his book report due later in the week. Initially he struggled a bit with organization, but I helped him make an outline of the story so he could better understand how the structure of a narrative operates."
"The student is really making strides with the flow of his writing. We're still working on passive voice and making sturdy arguments (avoiding the use of hypotheticals or "maybe/might" prefaces to his arguments), and if he stays organized and engaged, this is an excellent foundation to build on. I want him to continue writing, even if there's nothing due, just to keep up the workout, and we'll talk about that next time."
"The student has to write a timed narrative essay during her English class tomorrow, so we spent a while brainstorming topics and organizational strategies suited to the narrative style. Then we switched to math. The student has almost completed the polynomial factoring and quadratics unit for her online math course, so we worked through practice problems for factoring, difference of two squares, and sum and difference of two cubes. She is moving very quickly and hopes to be able to start the next math course in the sequence in March. She even got an email from her math instructor congratulating her on her dedication and progress."
"The student and I began the session by discussing the strengths and weaknesses he displays as a writer. This discussion included an introduction to the 6 traits of writing. We created a writing rubric for him to use to enhance his writing pieces. We then discussed organization while studying a model text. The student was then assigned a topic for his next writing piece."
"The student and I went over one vocabulary/reading comprehension section, one grammar section, and one essay section. She is doing a lot better on the sections; she can now finish all the questions in a given section. She narrows most of them down to two choices. Her essay was organized well. All she has to do is read over he work and she with be fine."
"Topics Covered: Precalculus, trigonometry, and calculus. Progress: We learned a little about each other and discussed the goals for the summer, upcoming exams, etc. She is a very bright and motivated student. Both of us will surely learn from one another in our lessons. Tonight we focused on precalculus material she was unable to cover in the previous academic year. This work utilizes heavy algebra and simple trigonometric functions. We quickly caught up to mathematical limits and introduced the concept of calculus. During our next session, scheduled for this Friday at 8PM, we will get as far into derivatives as we can."
"The student and I began working through the math today. We worked through most of the first two sections in practice test 1. He understood most of the questions that he missed after they were explained to him. He needs practice and review in basic concepts of working with equations in algebra. We will continue working through practice test questions before completing any content-specific exercises. Overall, he felt good about today's session and felt that reworking problems with me helped him to gain a greater understanding. We will continue to focus on this in future sessions as well."
"More math word problems. The student is improving. His handwriting is more clear and he is giving himself more room in which to write out his math problems. He's not cutting corners. He still needs work in thinking through word problems. He did very nicely on several word problems at the end of the session and finished very strongly."
"Worked on the student's Language Arts Skills, Reading, and Math techniques for the upcoming Iowa tests. Needs practice finding spelling errors and correcting them. Also helped him prepare for his Mathematics Test. Needs more experience working with estimation with ease. "
"Reviewed for a math test: analyzing linear equations. Content: slope, intercepts, parallel and perpendicular lines, graphing, scatter plots, trend lines, correlation, modeling. Seemed to have particular trouble understanding parallel and perpendicular lines. Had the slope-intercept form of a line down well. Needs to work a bit more on memorizing formulas."
"We covered her multiplication facts and used flashcards. We also used a workbook and an online program to reinforce the math facts. I left her with a page in the workbook to check later this week."
"We discussed content specific to his class including the XYZ affair, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Washington's Farewell Address. We then spent the rest of the session doing a Q and A session using a multiple choice bank to cover material taught during our session, as well as content he has covered in his class."