Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed most of a packet about World War I assigned by his teacher. In the packet, the name of a battle was listed and he needed to provide "a very brief summary" of the "location, combatants, outcome, and casualties". He started by giving too much of a summary and not really pinpointing the 4 items listed in the directions. So we reviewed and clarified what the directions were looking for. Next, I asked him to read through the entire entry before answering in an effort to help improve his reading comprehension. Then we discussed each of the four points before he created his response. We narrowed his response from 6-12 sentences to 4. The teacher requested that he has extra math problems to work on between our sessions, so I chose 4 metric conversion problems from his math textbook as he struggles with the American metric system as he was previously educated in the British system. He also struggles with differentiating and retaining formulas to find area and volume of shapes. So I created the problems: a) Find the area of a circle with a diameter of 8 inches. b) Find the volume of a cube where the length is 3 cm. I advised the teacher that he would have to find or figure out the formulas for each shape. When the teacher informed me that he had a documented learning disability, I asked for the IEP and any other documentation she could provide to help further inform our sessions."
"The student updated me on his chemistry test. He went up a grade level to a C which was an improvement, but obviously there is still work to be done. We worked on World History note cards for the first two sections of a lengthy chapter. I instructed him to do the remainder of the world history note cards for the chapter on his own. We also outlined the first two sections of the chapter. I instructed him to do the remainder of the chapter section outlines on his own before Thursday."
"I assisted the student in making the final preparations for her essay on criticizing scholarly sources. We spent some time reworking her thesis and discussing how a poor argumentative style could derail an otherwise strong, evidence based argument. I left her with an essay of her own to complete that we'll discuss next week."