Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, I had the student complete two reading comprehension passages in order to observe how often the student highlights/underlines while reading the text. We worked on identifying and correcting sentences' grammar/spelling mistakes; determining cause/effect relationships; and being able to draw conclusions from given texts."
"Both students worked with me on preparing for the entry exam. We used online practice tests to focus primarily on reading comprehension. We discussed strategies for eliminating incorrect answers and choosing between two reasonable answers. With the first student, we also worked on the writing portion of the exam. We viewed sample student answers to questions and discussed the criteria for a solid written response. The second student and I used our remaining ten minutes to read from a novel of her own."
"I worked with the student on her Yellowstone "Curiosity Quest" project. We looked through some relevant editions of National Geographic, added to her project notes, worked on a bibliography, and collected photos online to use in her presentation. The student is making good progress, but struggles to maintain focus. She works best in an organized environment. In our first meeting she did not have her materials with her and was feeling very overwhelmed, but this time she had her tabbed notebook-binder for the project and a project checklist, and was not overwhelmed. She really likes the subject matter. She retains new information well and shares it enthusiastically with others, but sometimes finds it difficult to focus for extended periods. She is definitely on track for this project, but will have to do a bit more concerted research."
"The student and I continued working on his take-home exam for his Math class, dealing with normal distributions, averages, standard deviations, and Z-scores. This work was largely a continuation of work we'd started during our last session, and I was pleased to see that his recollection of it was stronger than it usually is for such tasks. We were thus able to get through a solid portion of the assignment in an hour's time. It took some additional reminding, but by the lesson's end, he was able to set up the problems on his own and answer a decent number of questions, enabling me to simply double-check or jump in with a pointer when necessary."
"We began by reviewing for the student's Spanish test that was coming up. She almost memorized everything, and by the end of the session she definitely did know all the vocabulary. We followed that by taking some notes on the brain for her science presentation. She seemed very well prepared for that, as well. Finally, we moved onto writing. I'm beginning by teaching her some grammar that she may not have gone in depth with yet. If we first begin with sentence-level structure, then it will be easier for her to write well in future assignments. We reviewed conjunctions, what they do, and how to use them. A small homework was assigned: use five different conjunctions at the beginning of a sentence, and five different conjunctions in the middle of a sentence."
"The student asked me to go through his paper and make notes, so that during our meeting this afternoon we can get it completely finished. It is due Friday, so this is pretty much our last opportunity to get it to a final draft stage."