Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we covered section 5 of the student's social studies chapter on the US and Canada working together to address issues, mainly environmental. To start though, we first reviewed the relevant info from the previous night's session on the history of Canada. There was a supplemental section on steam locomotives and reading diagrams. It caught her attention as we flipped through and I spent some time with her discussing the diagram, having her explain to me what she saw was happening based on the image and labels. Always good practice to read diagrams. We went over the key terms of the section. I made sure to point out those key terms and reinforce the definitions as we went over the review questions at the end of the chapter. It's helpful to use the review questions at the end of the chapter as mile markers during the guided discussion I lead with her. This section focused mainly on environmental issues that the US and Canada have worked together to alleviate. She was astounded by the burning Cuyahoga river in the 1960s that served as a major milestone of the environmental movement. We will continue to review this chapter in the next session and hopefully have an idea of when her quiz/test will be on it. I continue to base our sessions on the section review questions at the end of each with guided discussion to asses her retention of the information as we go through it. This strategy continues to work well with her."
"In today's session we worked on the Buddhism essay for Lesson 2. The student had written much of it beforehand, and so we were able to add to and strengthen it. We especially focused on transitions today; I gave her a useful website that lists lots of good transition words, and she is working on incorporating those more into her writing, She also showed definite improvement in paraphrasing and picking out key issues from the book. For our next meeting, she will add one short paragraph to the Buddhism essay and write the Egyptian essay."
"Student 1 and I worked on her research and conclusion for her science fair project. We also went over her arguments for her humanities debate on federalism/anti-federalism. Student 2 and I worked on her social studies homework where she had to derive English words from a Latin word."