Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"On Friday, the student and I focused on the math section of the assessment test again. We went over the high yield math topics such as slope intercept problems and coordinate plane problems. We also discussed some less common but more difficult material such as logarithms and trigonometry. Overall she caught on really quickly and was able to answer many of the questions with confidence once we reviewed how to do them. I sent her lots of practice worksheets to do over the weekend."
"We went over the specific vocabulary for chapter 2. We also practiced speaking, and making sentences using the present, and preterite. We reviewed the adjectival pronouns, and we conjugated the new verbs. The student is doing well in her texts, and will pass this course with a good grade. I left her verbs to conjugate, and a translation for practice."
"She expressed concern over simplifying fractions so we worked on that and related operations for this evening's session. We went through a few practice problems in which we worked on factor trees and also identified prime numbers 1-20 so she would have better tools to identify when she had simplified as much as possible. She was very high energy today and seemed very engaged regarding the little side lesson about prime numbers. She seems to still be unsure of herself working through the problems alone, but I'm confident that with a little more practice she'll be set."
"For our last session, we reviewed the skills we practiced in preparation for the SAT. With the time available, I have taught the student as much as I can; although she will want to do a few more practice questions and skim the strategy books she has on Thursday and Friday, it is more important to make sure she gets enough sleep and has everything she needs to actually take the SAT."
"The first student did well on her test this previous week. For this session, we worked with arithmetic sequences and series. This included explicit and recursive form as well as summation form. We worked mostly with different methods for solving sums of sequences when given a sequence in the summation form. The second student has a test in the upcoming week. We worked through a number of topics in review and preparation for this test. He does well with factoring, but sometimes forgets to check which method for solving quadratics is easiest to use. We reviewed vertex, intercept, and standard form for quadratic equations. Lastly, we worked through graphical transformations of exponentials and quadratics (shifts, stretches, flips). He seems pretty well prepared for his upcoming test."
"Today instead of a reading comprehension sheet we started reading a nonfiction book. I let the student choose a subject he was interested in. We read two sections in the book on Tae Kwon Do. He did really well with this and took time to write down the parts he found important and the bold vocab words. He was able to answer all the questions I asked him about what he read. We then picked out a fiction book for him to read from. He choose Mr Cooper is Super and was able to read fluidly for three chapters, even laughing at parts of the book he found funny. He is improving with his reading comprehension."
"We completed the student's homework, going over the starting letter of each word and different sounds. We went over the "ck" ending in "sock and clock," and talked about other words with similar spelling. We will continue to review this letter combination in the future. We also worked on writing and differentiating between "d" and "b," which he has really improved on! We reviewed the "ch," "sh," "th," and "kn" sounds from last week, through a dictation of simple words. In general, he knows the difference between these. We talked about the two sounds associated with "ea" - as in "bear" and "read." We read two mini books, one of which had a few of the week's words and focused on the short o, and another which focused on the short e."
"Student and I worked through geometry today. We made good progress through quite a few lessons, and I think he was able to grasp the material very well. We worked on some complicated operations, such as the law of cosines, but he picked it up very quickly. As we continue through the unit, I will make sure that we keep track of the operations we have learned so that I can help him to solve the problems in the simplest way possible."
"The student worked on a variety of problems from the assessment practice book. She understands most of the material. We worked on sequencing fractions, word problems and number line problems."
"In this session the student practiced on adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. She needed help on finding the common denominator and converting fractions to decimals. She can build her fluency by timing herself with flashcards. I showed her how to multiply with her fingers. We will continue to practice that strategy. I left her with some practice problems to complete."
"During this session we prepared for the student's exam on 4/8. We went over chapters covering normal distributions, probability, and binomial distribution. He did very well with normal distribution and binomial distribution, but needed a hint or extra push once in a while on some of the more detailed rules. Since probability was the least recent thing he learned, we also spent some time going over the different formulas and rules for this chapter, followed by practice problems. I'm confident he will do well on his exam, he just needs to pay very close attention to those tricky or detailed rules and questions on the exam."
"I covered the basics in Spanish. We went over greetings and interrogative pronouns used to make basic questions. Student also wanted to gather information on the material she should buy and use from home."