Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's chemistry test had been moved to this Thursday so we scheduled a session with enough time for him to study. We continued our review of his study packet. I had him write down questions of any confusion on this topic. After several explanations, I feel he felt more comfortable about this chapter. I left him with the assignment to read the book's explanation on phase changes and vapor/atmospheric pressure for help."
"Today, the student had homework that required for us to use the textbook. He had 8 vocabulary words and phrases that he needed to use in a paragraph with blank spaces. The words needed to be conjugated correctly and placed in the right blank space. When we completed this, we had to translate the paragraph into English. He did well with deciphering what the words meant but had some problems with translation. We then moved on to reading a conversation that the book had listed between two friends. He read it and translated to confirm comprehension. He then moved on to answering questions that related to the conversation he read. Next session is set up for next week at noon."
"Today we reviewed the student's tenth grade research paper assignment. We focused on how to start a research paper by first finding a general topic, and then finding resources and information to make your topic more specific. He is definitely getting the hang of finding resources to cite in paper. He is quickly learning what makes one resource better than another and how to use it in an effective way to strengthen his argument and defend his stance."
"Student and I went over math and writing/reading skills for this session. For the first thirty minutes, he completed problems in his math workbook. For most problems he did very well! He needed some assistance on adding/subtracting improper fractions. After every problem in the workbook on this topic, I would give him 4-5 questions of my own for extra practice. This was really helpful- it allowed him to learn the method for solving these problems until he was comfortable. Afterwards, we did 3 pages in his reading/writing workbook, which went over grammar and writing topic sentences. After those, I made my own exercise for him to complete. We wrote a compare/contrast paragraph about two things using a Venn diagram. He's still getting comfortable with writing creative sentences, but the more practice he's getting the more confident he's becoming with it. After just three sessions, he's become a lot more assertive with doing work on his own."
"The student started with the spelling homework, which was to put the words in alphabetical order. I noticed that he wrote down the same word twice (shellfish) but he said his teacher gave that word twice, so I was unsure of what to make of that. After that, we did pages 128 and 129 from his handwriting book. We started the paragraph for the bug project. I did not want to leave it for tomorrow, so we looked through various books on ants and found the information we wanted to include. I quickly wrote down the sentences onto a sheet of paper for him to rewrite at home. He also has a coloring assignment (nativity wheel) that I left for him to do on his own because it is just coloring, with no writing involved. Tomorrow, he will work on the new homework assignments as well as the shark web sheet and the social studies projects."
"After review from last week, we began with the online math practice questions for the assessment test. The student performed exceptionally well with concepts she had learned, and more impressively, learned two new concepts in less than 5 minutes and answered all the questions correctly. She naturally understood factor pairs, and with a little work she grasped the shortcuts for dividing and multiplying by 10. I want to revisit those next session, but I'll reiterate that I was impressed with how quickly she caught on. After a break we began with roots, suffixes and prefixes. Next session we'll focus mostly on math, revisiting old topics and slowly introducing new ones."