Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student received his new pen and notebook to use for note-taking. We started to download the software. He had an ecology class assignment and an English assignment. We worked through getting all the components and due dates entered in his calendar so that he could begin to see the entire picture of his schedule. This activity is key to his success - we are working on building good habits."
"Student and I reviewed how his organization and study skills for this week (did he miss any assignments, did any organization skills work well, did he notice his peers using any strategies that seemed helpful, etc.). He did not miss any homework assignments this week. We brainstormed other helpful ideas: 1) He will set a reminder on phone to go off every day at 4:00 pm. This is a reminder to do his math homework. He has a hard time remembering to do his math homework because he usually writes the problems in his math workbook and then forgets to check the workbook. When he receives a handout, he remembers to do it because he places the handout in his homework folder. 2) He is going to start writing his math homework in his homework planner instead of in his math workbook. To remember this, he will keep his math workbook inside his planner so that every time he takes out his math notebook he will see his homework planner. 3) We also came up with a strategy for making sure he gets to bed on time and does all of his required reading. Because he plays computer games in the evening, he will set a reminder on his computer to stop playing games at 9:15 pm and then he will read until 10:00. He is also going to start reading at his desk (rather than in bed). 4) He said that he likes to do homework when other people are around. He is more motivated and works faster. He is going to try doing his homework in the same room as his mom or sister (as long as his mom or sister are not doing a loud activity). He did a great job of brainstorming some of these ideas!"
"This session went very well, despite going through some very difficult material. The student and I continued to work on the Biology study guide for the test he has next Tuesday on Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration. First, we reviewed what we went over during the last session and then proceeded on in the study guide. I do notice that he is trying to focus more than previous sessions. He enjoyed the video that we watched about the rainforest at the end of the session and I think that helps."
"Today we spent most of our time reviewing the student's British Lit assignment. The teacher asked specific questions that were to be answered using quotes from a passage. I helped him make sure that the answers were complete and that he had finished the assignment before I left. We also began talking about his future, the upcoming PSAT, as well as the SAT. I reviewed his first PSAT score sheet with him, and we talked about what he can expect over the next year as he begins the college application process."
"Today we finished the remaining grammar make up that needed to be completed. Those worksheets included indirect statements, infinitives, ablative absolutes, and participles. The student finished those halfway through the session and the other half of the time we worked on translations in her textbook. She has roughly 5-8 paragraphs that needs to be translated by Friday. The translations include the relevant grammar topics, which helps her better understand them. We finished one paragraph today that was the intro to the entire story and we are meeting again on Thursday to finish the remaining translations to prepare her for her quiz on Friday. I am seeing a large improvement on her confidence level on the grammar."
"The student and I worked on material from several of his classes. In his AP English course, we examined short stories and prepared claims for what the authors were accomplishing through their objective and actions. In his finance course, we reviewed tax concepts for an upcoming test. Last, we practiced two step kinematic equations for an upcoming test."