Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I brought different printouts and such for the student to work on. I brought her the SAT scoring rubric for the essay, because I want her to not only have my advice regarding the essay but also the formal guidelines that have been set. Then I had her outline a practice essay (although, for the sake of time, I didn't have her write it) so that I could see her thought process in terms of writing a piece like the SAT essay. We also worked on more vocabulary. I also found math problems from previous SATs that the majority of students had trouble with, because sometimes the math sections in the practice tests do not challenge the student enough. In between this session and next I also asked the student to get a box of SAT vocabulary word flashcards so we can more efficiently work on her vocabulary skills. Overall, I think this session went very well."
"We started with geometry, and did a quick review of what we had gone over last session. Then we moved on to working on a prep test. We've started working through the math test subject by subject, so today we decided to keep the focus on fractions, decimals, and percentages. We also reviewed what we did last week, a little more in depth. Spent a lot of time doing practice problems over the different sections. We then started on some more of the in depth things with triangles, such as medians, altitudes, and bisectors."
"In today's session, we continued working on related rates problems in preparation for his upcoming test on Thursday. First, we looked through some of the previous problems to make sure they were correct. In addition, I also answered some of his questions that he had on previous problems. Then, we reviewed several new problems from the textbook and chapter review to gain some more practice. He knows the strategy for how to solve these problems and is very comfortable with the process."
"Today the student learned about radioactive dating. She practiced determining ages of rocks using Uranium-lead dating as well as Carbon 14 dating. We also covered the importance of strata layers for assigning age to fossils and various arguments against the accuracy of radioactive dating. Most importantly, she learned to use an equation that calculates the age of a fossil given the half-life and percent decayed."
"We covered the study material for her earth science test this coming Friday, as well as good studying and test taking skills. I left her with vocabulary terms to make flash cards for."
"We covered the preterite conjugation of regular -ar, -er. and -ir verbs. We also reviewed the preterite conjugation of -car, -gar, and -zar verbs, as well as the irregular verbs hacer, ir, and ser. The student demonstrated a firm grasp of these topics. We worked several exercises to practice translation of English sentences into Spanish using the preterite. Verb conjugation was performed perfectly. He approximately remembers many vocabulary words, even if he doesn't get them quite right, and is capable of self-correction. We also briefly reviewed more irregular verbs. We also practiced lots of translation exercises focusing on the preterite tense. With practice of vocabulary words and idiomatic expressions, I expect that he will be able to assemble grammatically correct sentences in Spanish with little or no help."