Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went through the student's most recent practice test, which she did quite well on with the exception of one passage which she had trouble understanding. We then covered separation and purification techniques in organic chemistry, such as recrystallization, chromatography, electrophoresis, sublimation, and extraction. Lastly, we covered conservation of energy and the work-energy theorem once more."
"Reviewed work done in Kindergarten. Read The Tortoise and the Hare to work on answering depth of knowledge questions. The student is improving in this area. Introduced pennies, nickels, and dimes. Sorted and counted, not doing quantities yet. Worked on handwriting skills by playing the squirrel-away game. He got a lot better at this the more he played. Also reviewed sets of 5 and various combinations with under the cup game. Reviewed shapes with pattern blocks. "
"The student and I worked on Math, English, and Science. He continues to do relatively well with English, especially the simpler comma-placement/grammar problems. Math remains probably his subject most in need of improvement, and accordingly we worked the most on it. I made an effort to focus the types of problems we looked at, concentrating on algebra-based questions. He is making steady progress on Math."
"Assisted student in writing the introductory paragraph to her final essay for British literature. Reviewed literature read during the class to identify common themes and to formulate the thesis of the essay,"
"Devoted most of this session to getting to know the student as a reader and writer her perceived strengths and weaknesses, areas of low and high confidence, and past experience with classroom literacy. Since our work together will address the Reading section of the ACT, I introduced some basic passages, and we discussed theme/main idea, supporting evidence, and author's purpose. The next few sessions will likely focus on an ongoing assignment in her English class ("Beowulf"), particularly how to properly analyze the text and write exegesis."
"With the student today we mainly did a test review for his upcoming test. He keeps focused and dedicated. He improved his problem solving skills and needs just to practice a little more the underlying concepts in calculus as concerning business application he shows a good level of mastery."
"Yesterday's session went really well. The topics that were covered were addition and subtraction of fractions, simplifying fraction statements, and long division. The student already had a good understanding of the material but we just had to clear up some minor things and I gave her hints on how to go about a problem. She is doing very well. We just started long division so we will probably have to review that in our next session."
"Today we went over the math section of the SAT that the student will be taking this Saturday. We covered SAT specific test-taking techniques as well as a few sets of problems. I assigned her 13 SAT practice problems as homework for tomorrow's session. We will spend a little time tomorrow going over those problems, then address her precalculus exam for next Monday."
"We went over capitalization rules and homonyms for her spelling words. We also did some other memory and rhyming games before we went back to math multiplication. She's got all of her times tables up to 5s down, and we did half of 6s today. I can see her working over a mental hump trying to memorize them, but she gets there after about 2 or 3 minutes of going over 6x0, 6x1, 6x2 then 6x3, 6x4, etc."
"Today we spent time discussing the mathematics section. She is a good student and does well with math."
"We started with geometry, where she has begun learning some of the basics of trigonometry. We made sure she really understood what sine, cosine, and tangent meant, then moved on to law of sines and law of cosines. She also started on balancing basic equations in chemistry."
"The student started with the phonetic letter sounds we have been working on. We then moved into practicing her writing which she did very well. I also introduced a few 2-letter words for reading which she was very excited about. When she picked out books for us to read she was also very interested in finding these 2-letter words within the text."