Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has her first assessment of the year coming up, so we focused our review on a few of the topics that will be covered on that exam, including algebraic expressions, equations, and number properties. When working on solving equations, I noticed that she was still struggling with negative numbers. We spent a good amount of time reviewing operations with negative numbers, which led to a bit more ease in solving algebraic equations. The student took great notes for herself to reference so that she can practice a bit more on her own."
"We finished the assignment on two-column proofs, and then finished the quiz and unit exam. We started reviewing coordinate geometry in the next lesson and will continue finishing the quizzes and assignments during the next session."
"We practiced translating and conjugating regular -ar verbs (examples: hablar, escuchar, bailar) in preparation for a quiz. By the end of the session, he was better at the conjugation and could remember most of the vocabulary's meaning in English. We practiced using the verbs in sentences that also involved plural and singular articles and nouns that he has learned. I also helped him with Spanish pronunciation, especially with vowel sounds."
"We reviewed for a test on Thursday. Topics included points, lines, and planes. The student worked through a set of assigned review problems and got most correct. The only area of concern was understanding parallel lines, transversals, and angles in more complicated figures. We reviewed the area in great details, and the student is now confident as evident by correctly reworking some of the problems that he was unclear about."
"We went over a reading comprehension from a practice SSAT exam. We focused on strategy, both reading and use of time. We also went over a bit of math homework which was relevant to the exam. The student and I are going to meet on Saturday to do a math section and finish this reading section."
"The student and I covered vocabulary activity and examining idea generation by critiquing Hinton's use of style in 'The Outsiders.' The student's attitude was eager and thoughtful when examining Hinton's word choices. The student has progressed in asking questions about the text and the author's reasoning."
"The student and I had an enjoyable lesson. We started with watching a clip from an animated film. I provided her with a list of questions beforehand, and afterwards, we discussed her answers as well as other comments about the film. She did a great job of recounting each scene and what was going on. I think she does well with audio and visual, so I will incorporate that into future lessons. We also covered the different uses for ser and estar, putting them into context and conjugating them into the tenses we have covered thus far."
"The student worked on a division practice with both basic and long division. She utilizes the traditional division for solving long division. Today's geometry review was on lines, rays, perimeter, and area. The basic geometry questions were easier for her."
"Today we returned briefly to our writing exercises; we'll probably be alternating between book discussion and writing exercises from now on. I'm still working on writing fiction with her right now as a means by which to teach her to think critically about what she's writing and why she's writing it that way when she writes anything, even non-fiction. She's quickly picking up on what I'm trying to achieve by having her write fiction, as well."
"We covered topics relating to the student's three lab reports he was having trouble understanding. Lab reports are oftentimes overwhelming with information and are hard to figure out, but we worked through the three topics step-by-step starting with the goals of the lab and how we achieved those goals. He was able to fully understand his lab reports by the end of the session and felt confident in his ability to understand them. He was doing all of the calculations correctly and seemed to understand the concepts well."
"We started by reviewing some grammar rules, including commonly misused words, commas, parts of speech, and sentence types. Then, we read from The Giver by Lois Lowry, practicing reading fluency and comprehension. We analyzed the story as we read the first two chapters. The student owns this book but has not read very much of it. He says now he's more interested in it and will read it on his own (Awesome!). Finally, we worked on some math skills, including some algebra and geometry."
"We went over the calculator math section of the SAT. I also gave him some practice questions to do for next week. He should complete the odd questions for the 3 sections I gave him (fractions, addition/elimination, and exponent properties). In addition, I gave him tips for the Reading section and had him do practice passages. He should go over his wrong answers from the first SAT I gave him and write 1 reason why he got the question wrong and 1 thing he can do to change."