Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed division with fractions, including multiple ways of approaching a problem. Completed grammar homework on subjects and predicates. Reviewed how to find good Internet sources for a literature assignment."
"The student and I went over her English HW and did extra exercises on subject/verb agreement in number. I assigned another English section for HW. For the second part of the session, we went over the first half of her math session, focusing on counting outcomes in probability, finding means between extremes, and doing fractions with the calculator."
"Reviewed parallel and perpendicular lines. Went over negation and how it affects the truth value of a statement. He did very well on questions regarding planes, (parallel, perpendicular, and in relation to a specific line.) Finished the written parts of the June exam. Started the multiple choice questions of the August exam in the Red Book (up to #18). He has been doing very well on the practice questions and letting me know what material he wants to review further. He has the potential to do very well on the exam."
"The theme of my sessions with both student 1 and student 2 today was agreement -- making sure the verbs, adjectives, nouns, and pronouns in sentences all agree both in terms of gender (masculine or feminine), number (singular or plural), and person (1st, 2nd, or 3rd). It is of supreme importance in Spanish to keep track of all of those different components of words. Often, a word needs to be changed both to reflect the gender AND number, or number AND person. Soon, we'll start talking about multi-clause sentences where different portions are talking about different people, and so require different forms of gender, number, and person."
"The student and I reviewed most of her first practice test together. In the reading section we worked on how to eliminate answers that sound fine but aren't answering the question exactly right. She was relatively strong in the grammar section, so we just reviewed some of the main grammar rules the SAT tests repeatedly. On her essay, we discussed the correct paragraph structure and how to better use in-depth examples to show off her critical thinking. We worked through some math concepts step by step."
"The student and I practiced math and writing. We also visited did a couple practice questions. I asked him to do online homework and to read two chapters in The Hobbit. He said he would bring an essay he is working on for English class to our next session."
"We began our session by reviewing the essay that the client wrote in advance of today's meeting. The essay was quite good - at least a 4, more likely a 5. We reviewed the areas that needed improvement. We worked together on some worksheets that I brought to review combinations/permutations, weird symbols and algebra word problems. We completed two reading, and one writing section together, and she did very well. She has improved considerably in all areas."
"During this session, the student took her test while I corrected her homework. After her test, we reviewed some of the issues she encountered while taking the test. It was very useful to give her this exam because I needed to assess how much she has learned so far."
"The student and I worked on the math section. His homework will focus on setting up algebraic expressions from word problems, foreign functions, and "tracing" shapes."
"Today we practiced the critical reading and English sessions of the exam. If the student immediately sees a response that he likes, he doesn't read the other possible answers. I challenged him to go back to the writing samples to ensure that his answer is the best one. Next week we will be focusing solely on the science and math sections in preparation for taking the exam."
"The student started a new topic in Biology which was the phylum Echinodermata. He had a reading and some questions on the phylum, so I first had him read through his assigned reading (helping him along the way), and then I guided him back to the reading in order to answer the questions."
"It was great meeting the student. She is a very bright child. For the first session I just did some initial testing for reading readiness. She is great at fluency. Now I just need to work on her confidence as well as give her tools to help her sound out words independently. Overall a great session."