Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the student's math test, working on how to correct the problems he missed, and talking specifically on what to do differently, or watch out for on future tests: make sure you distribute when multiplying both sides; be careful about working with percentages. We worked through his math homework together. Key concepts to watch out for: in word problems, know what the x-intercept and y-intercept mean."
"For this session, the student and I reviewed the problems I had asked him to solve on his own. For many of the problems, he managed to work them out in front of me with little to no intervention. We spent the rest of the session doing timed portions to simulate the ISEE and completed verbal, quantitative reasoning, and reading comprehension. Our next session will include mathematics and the essay portion. He still maintains a good level of confidence."
"The student received her PSAT scores today and she doubled her score from when she took the exam a year ago so I was very happy to hear that. Her PSAT results give me a great indication of areas where she can improve before taking the actual SAT. I will use this information to tailor our future sessions. I had the student complete part of an SAT practice test and then I went over it with her. This also has given me a clearer picture of which areas still need improvement and I am excited to have specific areas to target with her."
"We covered the two topics that will be on the student's test on Thursday. These included Hypothesis and Confidence Interval testing. We had to calculate sample mean, standard deviation, create hypotheses, test them, and draw normal curves."
"We went through what she had completed from a practice test for homework. There were a few rules of grammar that she hadn't learned or was unclear on, and a few topics in math as well. We cleared those up and addressed some ideas from geometry and logarithms too. She catches on quickly, so I'm looking forward to how she does on the full test she does this week."
"The student and I started working on the final project. He was able to finish up the first two phases and started working on the next two phases."
"We reviewed subjunctive and past perfect tense. We reviewed vocabulary words and expresate phrases. We also studied for the chapter 5 test."
"Topics covered: tener, indefinite and definite articles, ir + a + infinitive, classroom vocab, family vocab, present tense verbs and conjugations. The student demonstrated an increased understanding of conjugating tener, tener expressions, using ir in sentences, and indefinite/definite articles. We will continue to work on regular and irregular verb meanings and conjugation in the present tense."
"We went over stem changing verbs, indirect and direct object pronouns, uses of gustar, positive and negative words, translating English sentences into Spanish using pronouns."
"We conversed in Spanish about school and other topics, correcting grammar and vocab as necessary. We practiced verb conjugations of tricky words such as "PEDIR". Continued reading Nina and the Time Machine."
"Focused entire lesson on Spanish. Tested the student on the first two pages of his vocabulary book. He did well, and knew almost all of them. Discussed time of day, time periods including day, week, month, year, decade, and century, and had him write the terms in his vocabulary book. Asked him to formulate whole sentences using these words. Explained the difference between the two verbs for "to be" in Spanish, "ser" and "estar", with the help of his text book and a Spanish website. I asked him to give me examples that use the two verbs, and tried to explain the difference, which he understood. We practiced conjugation of the two verbs, using samples from the textbook. Watched a video of salsa singer performing "Caminando," a song we discussed in an earlier session, and the song "Cuentas del Alma," which I explained to him, and from which we added new words to his vocabulary book. During the whole lesson, I interjected Spanish sentences, and the student understood it some of the time. His pronunciation is fairly good, and he seems to enjoy the language more."
"Topics covered include irregular past participles, vocabulary, ordinal numbers, the conditional tense, and the future tense. Progress achieved was a demonstrated understanding of past participles and ordinal numbers, and a better understanding of how to use and conjugate in the conditional and future tense."