Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met today to continue our work on the Chapter 3 material. We spent most of our time on the harder questions from the homework. The student will email me to set up our next meeting."
"The student and I worked mostly on conjugating verbs-- I have realized in the last few weeks that a lot of his grammatical issues arise from confusion about tenses, as well as some trouble choosing the correct prepositions. We are going to focus on conjugations for the next few weeks!"
"The student worked on reading problems. He would do a section while being timed. Then we would go over the questions he answered wrong. We also worked on testing environment training. He would continue working no matter what distractions came up."
"We did some review from Wednesday, then discussed graphing using the first and second derivatives; optimization; implicit differentiation; and related rate problems. The student is catching on as we progress and he works through sample problems, but we also talked about how important more practice is to remembering all of these topics that we're covering so quickly. We will meet for the last time tomorrow to review integrals."
"Reviewed Past Test: Quadratic Function - Finding the vertex using the vertex form of the quadratic equation. Transformations of Functions - Vertical Stretch and Vertical Shrink. How to graph familiar parent functions. The ability to go forward and backward from fractional exponents to radical representation. Short Drills on steps to solve problems and choosing the best answer through showing work. "
"Reviewed practice test #7. The student will need to start making a list of all vocabulary words that appear on the test with which he is not familiar. I've been helping him analyze the roots, prefixes, suffixes, and etymology of words. I also sent him a link of common English idioms that appear on the writing section of the SAT to help him identify usage errors."
"The student and I covered his homework packet from Math class. He is currently working on identifying experimental probability and converting these ratios to fractions and percentages. He is becoming better at the procedures associated with these problems but does not always understand the reasons why we are utilizing each of the steps. Afterwards I made up some practice problems and we reviewed ratios. This was really great because he was forced to remember lessons he had learned over a month or two ago. We also worked on percentages of ratios, which may help to strengthen his understanding of experimental probability."
"We covered the rest of the plotting section, which included direct/inverse proportionality and the proportionality constant. I then started the comprehensive review for all the material we covered by going through the first half of the chapters, focusing on key concepts and mistakes to watch out for."
"Discussed the student's experiences with the exam and addressed some of her concerns. We discussed two types of exam's content-based vs. skill-based. Then we worked on writing and science sections. Important points were to omit redundant parts and skip certain science readings in chart sections. She was great at inference and finding important relationships in word problems."
"We reviewed for the student's upcoming math test by going over homework and focusing on getting Ian to write down the process by which he solves each problem. The class' focus is on students essentially writing their own textbook, so the prose is especially important."
"Today, the student and I focused again on new vocabulary. I prepared flash cards with a variety of words, but in particular those involved in building good sentences (conjunctions, prepositions, etc.). To finish, we reviewed and practiced the present indicative tense."
"We reviewed the student's homework. She completed science, social studies, and math homework. The majority of the time was spent on math, discussing perimeter compared to area. We discussed several perimeter and area problems together and the student then solved problems on her own. She still needs to review the difference between perimeter and area strategies. I saw a grade report that shows progress since beginning our tutoring sessions."