Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began with the student taking a practice test. We found he's a multi-modal learner, meaning he uses several skill sets to study and retain information. We continued to work on his outline for his upcoming sales presentation. We also worked on his note taking skills by taking notes for his upcoming Business Law exam. We focused on keywords as well as the outline from his professor. I instructed the student to finish his slideshow for the presentation and to continue to study for the Law exam. He also planned to review for his Sales course."
"We went over his history exam a little, talking through how he can study differently for his AP exam and final in the spring. We worked through the math part of his science work and discussed classwork he hadn't finished. We then started in on his English homework, which was reading Othello. I left him with that."
"During Wednesday's lesson, we went over the week's work as he did not have school or a session with me on Monday due to the holiday. He is currently reading three different novels for three different classes I advised him to read ten pages a night of each book, to keep on track. I read out loud for him and showed him how to take notes while he reads (setting, character development, plot), so he won't forget it. We discussed how each book has its own tone, pace of language, etc. and the need for him to take notes while he reads. After, we spent the rest of the session studying for his upcoming world history exam on Egypt and the Sumerians. We finished with a bit of grammar for English."
"The student and I reviewed a rough draft for a persuasive essay she had to write. We worked on forming her idea into a thesis and then following the rubric the teacher assigned to formulate the first three paragraphs. It was a really great session."
"The student and I created a study schedule in her Gmail calendar, which syncs to her phone. We created a space in the calendar where she can put questions to ask in class (i.e. as she is doing her homework, she can write questions in the next day's question block, and remember to ask them in class). I gave her a daily "To Do" worksheet to be completed at 4 p.m. each day when she gets home from school, where she can prioritize her afternoon study schedule. We emailed with her APUSH professor to find out what her latest benchmark score was, where we could print her syllabus, and where in the syllabus the class was, since there are no dates on the syllabus. I asked her teacher if he could do a practice DBQ with the student this Saturday at Saturday school. My recommendation is, also, that the student spend the summer in formal studies of some sort. This was an excellent tutoring session, in that we accomplished much."
"Went over last week's assigned organizational work (binders, planner, etc.). Cleaned and organized binders, went over school-assigned vocabulary words and tweaked the format in which he should write down his homework in his planner (more descriptive and with more clarity)."
"Because this was our first session, the student and I talked a little bit about what areas in school he felt most and least confident in and how we could focus our tutoring sessions in order to be most helpful to him. His priorities today were making sure that he correctly understood and completed his homework and that his comprehension of his social studies reading assignment was accurate. So after briefly checking over his math/bible homework we went through his social studies reading together to make sure he had understood it and that he had understood the questions on his homework assignment. He asked that we spend the next few sessions focusing on science, since he has a science fair project coming up in March, so we laid the groundwork for that by talking about the basics of the scientific method."
"I brought an assignment notebook for the student to use. During this session, we wrote down his homework for the coming week and came up with a schedule for his long-term assignments that would allow him to do a little bit of work at a time instead of all the work the night before the due date. We also organized his backpack, created folders specifically for each subject with an "in" and "out" section for work he has already done and work due. I assigned him homework for me and he knows what I'm expecting of him next session. Each day he must organize the loose-leaf papers in his backpack into the right sections of his folders organized by subject. In his assignment notebook, he has a check-list and one of the things he must check off daily is "organization". Also, in the session, we worked on his long-term project for his English class. All in all I feel this session went very well and he seemed motivated and ready to work with me."
"I met the student at his class. We met with his professor to discuss a missed assignment and came up with a plan to catch him up. Today's class was about the midterm and a new theory so I took notes on those items. We then scheduled a time to work on the late assignment."
"In our session, the student completed math and French homework. She shared her assignment list and we planned our session around those assignments. She began working on a math worksheet for an upcoming quiz. After 40 minutes of math, I directed her to switch to French. She created a set of vocabulary flashcards for the most recent chapter covered in her French class. To conclude our session, we estimated the time required to complete homework that night and the next two nights based on our session and her estimation. For example, she completed 12 problems on her math worksheet in 40 minutes so we used that rate to estimate the amount of time needed to complete the assignment and planned her homework sessions accordingly. She estimated that daily French homework takes about 30 minutes so we planned her homework sessions accordingly. This strategy will help her set aside and schedule the time required to complete her work."
"Today we worked on reviewing for the student's biology quiz and her geography test. The student had done a good job gathering her materials for the reviews and looking over them before the sessions."
"During this session, we looked at all of the student's online class websites to see what information teachers posted that would allow us to fill in his calendar and alert him to dates he needed to be studying or turning in work. We defined the student's goals for this semester and beyond and discussed how he would achieve them. The student's mother, myself, and the student discussed certain tools to help the student know when he had work due the next day or needed to study for a test."