Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"*Practice Test 1 Scores: Math - 420 , Critical Reading - 570, Writing (w/o essay) - 460, Combined - 1450 *This Session: 1)Strategies for SAT Essay/Brainstorming Practice 2)Critical Reading Strategy: Annotation (Paraphrasing and Visualization) w/ Practice 3)Sentence Completion Strategy: Logical Relationships/Key Words and Structure w/Practice 4)Grammar: Parallelism and Comparison Problems *Assignment: 1)Vocabulary Review 2)"
"During this session, we covered the concept of references to objects and how to refer to an object within itself with the "this" keyword. After providing some examples of when "this" might be used, we switched to discussing error handling with exceptions. The student picked up on the concept of exceptions well, and afterward started on a program that incorporated exception handling."
"The student and I reviewed his previous test scores. We got through some vocabulary and a lot of practice problems for math. He is extremely dependent upon his calculator for math, and has issues with basic algebra and geometry. According to the parent, there is a math disability of some type, so it'll require a decent amount of work. There is some progress in terms of sentence completion and reading questions thoroughly."
"The student and I met today to cover some basic problems on her homework. She did very well with the work. We also covered some information in preparation for her final exam. We will be meeting again on Wednesday to study for her final."
"Took the math section of the ACT test. We went over and worked through each problem he got wrong. He needs a review of general geometry rules and he needs to be taught trigonometry rules. We started with that but ran out of time. We will continue working on math during the first part of our next session."
"We covered "hacer" time expressions in Spanish; student had been absent the previous two days, so we worked to catch him up. We discussed his end of course exam for Spanish that he'll take in the next two weeks and as such, we planned to do an overall review for our next tutoring session."
"Today we reviewed all topics from the first class, and her homework assignments. Today we focused on the verbs estar, tener, conocer, saber, and dar. We conjugated the verbs, and learned various expressions and uses of said verbs."
"Today we started with a matching game that concentrated on prefixes. The student found some of the words difficult, but it was good practice. We then did several reading comprehension passages and a few analogy questions. He seemed more confident in both areas than he did a couple of weeks ago, and he used some of the techniques and vocabulary words we had worked on previously."
"Today we covered math, as the student has a test tomorrow, and then social studies, where he has a test on Thursday. The main lesson I tried to impart with the student today is that he needs to check over his work, and then check again in order to ensure accuracy and completion. He's more than capable of understanding every concept covered in school. As he progresses academically, this will become even more important, so I'm glad we're hammering it now. He will get better if he learns to mark everything he finds difficult, so he can come back to it. And, of course, just re-checking his work will help too."
"Worked with the student on writing this week. We also did some more vocabulary practice. I am trying to make sure that his testing skills are completely fine-tuned at this point. On the practice tests he's taking he is averaging 90-95% of the questions correct in every subject (though his math scores tend to be even higher than that)."
"The student is starting to get ready for his final. He already worked on last year's final with his roommate, and brought it in for us to work on together and go over the ones that confused him. We finished about 1/2 of the test, so we'll finish the other half on Wednesday."
"For this session, I brought practice drills, for letter-sound recognition, to help improve the student's fluency. We practiced the differences between the hard and soft sounds, of some consonants, and the long and short sounds, of vowels. His recognition of some letters and their sounds, wasn't quite automatic. With continued practice, he should pick up some speed and prosody, in reading whole words, because he will be more sure of the letter sounds, to put the word together. We also did some math practice problems, in place value, addition, subtraction and some multiplication. He has a very good grasp of mathematical concepts."