Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I completed homework for section 12.3, multiplying and dividing polynomials. Reviewed operations with integers and integers with variables, as she was making a lot of errors with this on Monday. In order to start preparing for the placement test, she is trying to do more calculating in her head or on paper. This is why there is a small increase in minor errors on her homework. She is making improvements as we review."
"The student completed the first draft of her Great Gatsby paper. We went over her introduction and first three pages, and plan to go over the last three pages at our next session. She struggled with sentence construction, sentence variety, clarity, and organization, as well as basic grammar and spelling mistakes."
"Introduction and overview; Ch. 5 sentence completions (Critical Reading) examples, sample and practice questions, vocab guessing strategies; Ch. 6 passage-based reading examples, and short paired passage sample questions and practice questions; assigned long passages from Ch. 6 as HW"
"I introduced the interrogative pronouns qu'est-ce que, qu'est-ce qui, qui est-ce que, qui est-ce qui, qui, que, lequel, and the use of qui and quoi after a preposition and as a one-word question. We discussed how they are used and variations in forming a question with them. We did some practice exercises together. The student's comprehension was pretty good considering the level of difficulty of these grammatical concepts. We will continue to review it next time. I also briefly introduced the formation of the conditional and how it is used."
"We continued our review of grammar and mechanics for the midterm. We also finished off lesson 6 by editing the narrative paragraph that the student had written about King Arthur after reading Thomas Malory's Morte d'Arthur."
"The student and I worked on his homework and reviewed for his test over solubility. We worked on his solubility review sheet and then worked on the difficult online problems that his teacher assigned. At first he had a hard time with the concepts, but after practicing multiple problems, he seemed to have a better understanding of the material. I think he should do well on his test if he can remember the solubility rules and ensure that he gets the products of the double replacement reactions right. "
"The student and I continued working through the dynamics chapter in our physics textbook. She had a few questions about the homework assignment from yesterday, so we went through them. We covered more spring problems, incline planes, as well as multi-body problems involving tensions and springs. We finished up the chapter with 2-dimensional force and acceleration problems, and practiced resolving vectors and finding directions. The student is doing well over all and shows strong intuition on how to solve most problems."
"Went over the student's most recent test covering the distance formula, volumes of a sphere, a cone, a cylinder, and the Pythagorean Theorem. We went over all of the questions that she had missed and identified what was wrong. She is strongly motivated to do well in the class."
"The student and I finished going over the content for the math section today. I showed her a lot of tricks for different types of math problems and then had her complete a free-response section that tested many of those skills. The students improving her scores a little bit every week, and moreover seems to be gaining a lot of confidence."
"The student and I had another very good session. We began by working on some reading comprehension exercises. One was multiple choice, the second covered main idea/supporting details, and the third worked toward getting him to use information he reads to develop an argument. We then did a brief grammar exercise (I'm going to try to start incorporating these into our sessions, as I believe it will help his writing). We then worked on his writing piece that we began in our last session, in which he discussed what changes he would make to a school if he were in charge. We took his original writing and I had him go back and create reasons for his changes, rather than simply listing the changes he would make. He did very well with this. We then did a writing exercise where he wrote about a day of his spring break on which he went fishing with his grandpa. Good session!"
"We continued practicing numbers from 0-999 and practiced short conversations about numbers. We reviewed all the action verbs, personal pronouns, animals, and expressions that we have learned up until now."
"The student was given a timed test with 100 problems. This was to challenge his thinking and to see exactly where he is with his skills. We will continue to work on this skill until it becomes mastery. As mastery is a goal for his primary teacher."