Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a good session on Tuesday. He began right away to tell me that he was progressing on his reading of Gates of Fire and had started his journal summaries for each section. He will need to do the same with the I am Legend, the book due March 7 with accompanying book report for biology. He had a significant amount of reading (three novels currently assigned). We reviewed the major points of the book and I advised him to read as much as he could and draft up initial responses for my review on March 6. We went over each class's weekly assignments as we always do, as well as looked ahead to be sure we will schedule ahead properly for his midterms in May. We spent the remainder of the session studying for world history. We went over the two chapters of the section on ancient India. I showed him how to create a flow chart of information as he reads, to help sort dates and tribal names, invasions, etc. He liked this and told me he actually misses writing things down by hand versus taking notes on his iPad. He took his own notes and did a wonderful job."
"The student scored a 97% on his History exam and a 94% on his Spanish exam. This is great improvement over his past scores. For Spanish, he and I worked on finding a propaganda poster from the Spanish Civil War. He then needed to create a PowerPoint with the poster, a translation of any text, and information regarding the side who created the poster, its meaning, and definitions of symbols used. For History, he is on to the Civil War Reconstruction in chapter 12. We reviewed worksheets for the first two sections, using his notes and the book. For English, his class is still reviewing "The Great Gatsby," which we completed last week. For homework, I asked him to go through his Spanish textbook and look for terms he doesn't know. We are now going to add in vocabulary from previous chapters."
"The student got into his top high school choice, so we were all very excited for him. I started off the session by having him go through the loose leaf papers in his bag, and I looked at his assignment notebook. He had not been keeping up with writing down his homework every day, but he had logged a few days and there was less loose leaf papers in his bag. We talked about why it was so important to write our assignments down, especially in preparation for high school. We discussed the importance of handing things in the moment they were due so there will be no lag time in which to lose or forget about the assignment. We spent the rest of the session working on his social studies essay on WWI. We organized his paper with topic sentences, details, and transition sentences. Then, we read over his paper. I showed him how he could catch mistakes that way and he seemed appreciative. Afterwards, I had him work on generating ideas for the intro and conclusion paragraphs of his essay. This went well. He is a diligent worker. I left him with more organizational homework and told him that I would be checking his assignment notebook to make sure he was keeping up with writing assignments."
"Today the student and I reorganized his binder. He remembered to take out some old papers and give them to his mom, which is wonderful since they had been in the "remove" folder for a while. His organization is definitely improving continually and staying on top of his binder has been increasingly more manageable. We then worked on his writing project and focused on his grammar skills. Finally, he is doing a project on Puerto Rico, and he accomplished a great deal of the research he needs to complete for the project. He did a great job today of staying focused and getting work done."
"Today the student completed the assignments to go along with her reading in English and her science work. She did fine. I think she sometimes "overthinks" her responses to prompts from the teacher that ask her to make personal connections to the reading. If she discusses it before responding, she can usually provide a better response. Her attitude was very positive. During this session, I just emphasized the importance of completing written work before the "art" work in the assignment. I left her to complete the drawing components of the assignments for science and English. The student received a 90 A- on her science test. She is ahead of her reading in English and she got a great grade on a science test. She is doing very well."
"Today was our introductory session. First, I met with the student and had an extended discussion of expectations, goals, and our schedule. The student comes across as a precocious and articulate fourth grader. She and her mom easily identified areas of improvement including raising her current B grades, assisting her with developing fully formed writing assignments, and helping her set goals and organize herself. While together, she completed a portion of her math homework. We also explored and rank ordered her priorities in terms of school on a typical day. And also identified short term action she needed to take this week including additional study for an upcoming math test on Thursday. I am pleased and excited to be able to work with such a capable student and supportive parents. I look forward to helping the student strengthen and grow in the areas we identified today."