Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The majority of our time today was spent getting a sense of where the student stood (grade-wise and with his teachers) in each class. We looked at his grades in each class and how they broke down based on missing assignments, bad grades on tests/ quizzes, etc. We figured out where he needed to focus the most effort (Spanish and geometry), and we talked about generalized study or organization habits that might improve his standing in each individual class. I left him with a basic schedule for what to work on each day (workload dependent), and we decided we would spend our next session preparing for his retake of a Spanish quiz."
"Student and I started our session by talking about some themes in his biology homework, which were based on a few chapters on ecosystems and food chains. We discussed the role of decomposers in ecosystems, and the concept of biomass. We moved on to work on his English reading together, and talked about the motivations and weaknesses of the characters in his current book. We finished up by doing some more preparatory work for his ongoing history paper, and talked about our available resources and the practice of quote-pulling for outline formation. He seems increasingly and encouragingly interested in the history topic that he is assigned (Greek and Roman slavery), which is exciting."
"During my session with the student we reviewed material for her math test and her sources for her research paper. For her math test we reviewed how to solve arithmetic and geometric functions as well as solving algebraic expressions when there are two variables present. Next we worked on reading, highlighting, and annotating the sources she had found for her research paper. We discussed the ideas presented in the articles and why the information was important and relevant to her intended research topic. The student struggled somewhat with the order of operations in the more challenging algebraic equations and seemed a bit drained while we worked on the problems. She seemed much more alert and interested when we began working on her English assignment. I do not have any concerns from this session, she has done a great job finding sources for her research paper and I think she will have very interesting evidence to prove her thesis."
"The student did very well today! He completed two math worksheets and read The School From the Black Lagoon. For the purpose of fluency, we will read this book several times."
"We began by reviewing the student's math homework. We worked on story problems, extracting information, and multiplication. He should continue working on his skip counting to improve his multiplication (especially by 3's, 4's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's). He did a great job problem solving and reading the story problems. We then discussed and reviewed his reading homework and added more detail. Finally, we read "Moosling the Babysitter" (I left a copy there). We worked on adding -ed, reading with expression, and the author's message. He wrote one sentence about the book."
"Tonight, we covered more place value activities and worked on mental math. The student is a lot faster with her mental math than when we started. She is using a lot of strategies to figure out the problems - such as making a ten and using solutions she knows the answers to. In addition, tonight we worked on a reading piece and worked on paying attention to dialogue and reading with expression. We discussed how expression makes the reading come alive and helps with understanding. We also discussed making inferences and theme. I am sending the student a math piece to review what we worked on as well as a reading piece to review reading with expression."