Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met with the student. I went over his math quiz and worked through each problems he got wrong. The rest of the session was spent on reading comprehension. I found a story on Greek mythology and began reading it with the student since he expressed interest in that subject matter. The student and I reviewed sections 12-3 through 12-5 in his math textbook. He has a math exam coming up. He has a good understanding of the topics that will appear on his exam, the only trouble he had was remembering to include the units for each answer."
"In this session, we started by going over any questions the student had thought throughout the week. We spent the bulk of the time talking about the imperative--how to conjugate in it, when to use it, how it's different from the passe compose. I left her with a packet of exercises that she can do throughout the week. We then went over the first part of the pronunciation guide I had sent her last week. We'll continue going over it over the next few sessions. Finally, I left her with a poem to read for next week. The poem is almost exclusively written in the passe compose, so it'll be good review."
"The student and I covered the following topics: two-step/multi-step equations, inequalities and its graph, slope including the lines that are parallel or perpendicular to the slope, and areas/perimeter/volume of the shapes. I went over how to factor trinomials with her since she hasn't covered them in class yet. Since Geometry is also included in the SSAT upper level, I will go over those commonly included on the test. I also reviewed some fractions and distributive property equations to be up-to-date. I left her to go over all the equations we have done along with some problems I e-mailed to her for homework. She also has to memorize some formulas for the shapes (areas, volumes of cylinder, cone etc..) and that of slope."
"This evening, the student filled out an exercise that will help me determine how best to improve her spelling. The current theory is that all students develop their spelling skills in a series of stages, and that a student's active participation in recognizing patterns in spelling is far more helpful than rote memorization. She also read a one-page article called "Can Music Make You Smarter." She first had to summarize the article. She then had to write two questions one could ask about the article, and show where in the text a reader could find the answer. She struggled a bit with both tasks but was able to do them with some help. She also had to pick a few important details from the article and explain how they support the main idea. "
"The student did exceptionally well today. She is learning how to use commas correctly in sentences and she is able to diagram complex sentences. This will help her in her writing and it will also help her on standardized testing on grammar and language usage. The student will complete "Life of Pi" and complete her comprehension questions. She will also continue to complete exercises in her Advanced Diagramming Workbook. As always, the student is a joy to teach."
"We went over some ACT science. The student does well in this section. He sometimes makes mistakes because he is missing one vital piece of information from the passage. Both of these problems could be fixed by slowing down and practicing time management. We also covered some English; particularly, we went over the use of commas and semicolons. He improved greatly from our last session and was able to answer almost all questions pertaining to this topic correctly."