Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused on math review, grammar and spelling rules, and we talked through her "attack plan" on the writing front. We were able to accomplish everything we hoped to."
"Session Evaluation: Prior to our session, the student attempted to create a thesis statement based on the 1st draft of her introduction, the notes of our conversation and the essay guidelines. Additionally, Jean printed out an article on Ronald Reagan as a leader for future use (next week) when we move to the 2nd essay (defining leadership). Today, the student and I reviewed the work we'd done - reading aloud and proofing/editing the first draft of her introduction; as well as, transitioning into a thesis statement. Using technology tools (blended learning), the student researched the meaning, synonyms and characteristics of the four qualities that she is to write about - leadership, drive, citizenship and integrity. I took notes on the information as she found it/read it aloud. From these notes, the student was able to develop a thesis statement that reflects how she works to exemplify the four qualities. Next, we discussed how to prioritize which of her activities to feature in the essay (based on the list of things she'd listed prior to the 1st session). Based on prompts I'd given her, the student was able to brainstorm the first body (leadership) paragraph based on the values/principles associated with being a musician (i.e., "edutainer"). Then, we began to organize and further edit the draft. Ultimately, we were able to sketch out an initial outline for the first 2 body paragraphs based on the thesis statement. For the next session: The student will type the first body paragraph on leadership (based on the values/principles associated with being a musician) and brainstorm/draft the 2nd body paragraph on integrity (related to her volunteer work with her church/religious groups)."
"We worked on a research project where the student had to research and write a paragraph on Dominican food. We researched the different types of food and then wrote the paragraph"
"The student had already completed her math homework when I arrived. I checked it while she began work on her Science Homework. In Science, she is currently learning mass, volume, and density. We went over her Science homework."
"We focused on structuring the student's personal essay for his graduate application. He seemed to be struggling with what to include and leave out in order to fully answer the prompt. We started by having a casual conversation about the prompt questions so that I could take notes on his natural response before looking at his piece. He had a lot of good material to work with, so we then highlighted the parts that were really working and he created an outline to help him trim some unnecessary sections and expand some missing pieces. His new outline seemed to make sense to him in terms of his revision and as a strategy for future pieces. He's a strong writer, so I think just adding some structure and a plan will make his essay really solid. I'm looking forward to reading the next draft!"
"Today we did some practice going over the types of questions the student gets in class. We worked on inference questions and comprehension questions. Since his reading level is going up, he is becoming more confident with our sessions. I left him with two mini practice tests, and the same strategies that I gave him last time, we worked on even more. His teacher told me his score on his practice test was in the mid-70's so we are progressing. One of the biggest wins from this session was that he got 100% on both the mini tests I gave him. He is definitely getting better."