Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on organizing a paper; thesis statement, transitional statements, supporting statements and sentences, conclusion; parts of speech, and grammar and punctuation."
"The student didn't have any homework so we discussed his school year and the progress he has made. We then played a strategy game together."
"I gave the student a book called "Back to The Wild", which includes a companion documentary, to supplement his reading of "Into the Wild" with additional perspectives. I reviewed the book with him, showed him the comprehensive itinerary in the front of the book. I also modified his summer reading assignment, which requires him to record actions of Chris McCandless and then describe his reaction to each of them. I added two additional columns: "Quotes from McCandless's Letters", which are included in the "Back to the Wild," and "Sources of McCandless's" inspiration, which, I explain to the student, he can use to quote authors or figures that inspired that inspired Chris McCandless. I also included a "Quote Log" for recording quotes from "Into the Wild", "Back to the Wild" or another source relevant to the story. I wrote list of questions to guide the student in writing his interpretation. I asked the student to use the modified log as he reads the book (he is currently halfway through it); the intent of the log is to help the student record information in an organized manner, and to help him prepared for writing an essay later on. The student and his mother expressed concern about his online chemistry class. He is required to read text on the computer and then take a test based on the material. Reading on the computer "takes long" according to the student; I suggested he print out the text, as printed text puts less strain on the eye. If printing the text does not lessen reading time, I will show him some comprehension strategies in future lessons. I asked the student to bring a printout of a chapter from his chemistry textbook to our next session, so I could begin to show him active questioning techniques. I briefly introduced the student to an online cross platform note taking application. The student and his parents described his difficulty with recording assignments and completing long term projects. It gives the student options for recording notes (via handwriting on touchscreen, display keyboard, manual keyboard when using a computer, or recording a voice note.) Notes are organized in chronological order by default, but the student can choose multiple ways to organize his notes; he can also combine notes into a single notebook, create a calendar, send himself reminders for completing projects, and save notes to his google drive. It auto-syncs on multiple devices, which makes updating or adding material to it less cumbersome. Notes for Next Session: The final version of the modified Into The Wild Reading Packet was emailed to the student and his parents the morning following the lesson. I also emailed them a link to a video page with the online platform tutorial videos. In the next session, I will demonstrate all the features of it for the student. Using the student's chemistry material, I will show him how to use active questioning and bold-type skimming. In my email to the student following the lesson, I asked him to inform me of topics he is studying in chemistry if he is unable to print a chapter from his chemistry textbook, that I may be able to find a substitute text for the next session."