Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We re-wrote the student's research paper on Ulysess S. Grant. The student is showing a greater ability to self-edit and locate ways that his writing can be streamlined. His efforts to get assistance and with peer tutoring are really serving him well. I hope that his grades reflect his effort!"
"The student and I covered how to approach the Reading section first, going through some sample questions and how to look for key words in the passage without reading the entire passage. I then had him try out a sample passage, underlining words in the questions and then the passage. He then had to point out where he would find the information and I helped give him pointers. We also began covering the science section, reviewing the three different kinds of passages the section has and the way to go about answering each question. He did some samples on his own and seemed to grasp that information pretty quickly. We will be focusing on science and reading again next time we meet."
"Client and I worked on making sentences using her sight words. Then we organized her sight word flash cards into sounds, and played several games utilizing skills we have worked on thus far. Client is making very good progress."
"The student and I went over the tests she completed independently. I then had her do one more reading section, this time bubbling the answers in on an answer sheet so that she can practice accounting for the time this will take on the actual test. We then reviewed her strategy for the test on Saturday, and I gave her a list of some books that contain additional tests that she can look into if she wants to continue practicing independently. She or her mother will contact me to schedule their final session (or their second to last if they purchase another) prior to the June test date."
"Worked with the student on AP physics B practice test free response questions. She did well, but she needed a bit of assistance to solve problems that required some use of mechanics knowledge. I tried to give her hints to think through her memory of mechanics, and she is getting a better handle on the material."
"The student and I continued to review - covered questions from her "homework" assignments, practiced problems with nomenclature and chemical equations. We made a calendar of our next meetings and structured her studying. We will take a two week break for vacation, while she will read several of the chapters, and memorize polyatomic ions, organic chemistry structures and transition metal oxidation states."
"The student got an 80% on his quiz this week, which is improvement over his previous score of 48%. We worked through his word problem homework, which were real-life applications of what he'd been learning with linear equations. Then, we reviewed the problems he missed on his quiz. He did not have the agenda like I asked from last session, but he brought it up and said he'd have it for Tuesday. To stay organized, I asked that he write the date on his papers."
"I talked with the student about something she felt strongly about so we could use that as an essay topic. She talked about her school's gym policy and that she definitely thought the school should implement some measure to alleviate America's obesity problem. We came up with some strong points and planned out an outline, relating it to the overarching issues of education and health. Then we pulled an essay prompt from the test prep book about enacting a policy requiring 20% of TV programming to be educational. We developed an outline and then worked through, sentence by sentence, a powerful introduction and first body paragraph. She is supposed to write two more body paragraphs with good evidence and clear flow between ideas for Tuesday."
"Today the student and I reviewed his performance on his first practice ACT test. We focused on active reading techniques. We then reviewed grammar and fit replacement exercises in the English section, focusing on using context within each passage to determine the correct answers. We also worked on approaching Math section word problems involving matrices and functions. We reviewed some general test-taking tips and the importance of repetition and practice. We discussed a schedule for taking the remaining practice tests every two weeks."
"During this session we went over chemistry and math. In chemistry we reviewed moles and naming compounds. In math we went over exponential equations, simplifying using rules of exponents and solving for "x" as an exponent."
"This session was shorter than usual as both students are past the point where they are bringing home homework. I introduced student 1 to a more strategy based learning game (that is fun to play) as she had already been shown some from her teacher, but had mastered most of them. Student 2 and I worked on his last spelling words for his final test."
"I administered the reading inventory to begin the session. The student was able to read a short passage at the 3rd grade level. He was able to comprehend the passage with 65% accuracy. The student was able to decode 15/20 words from the 3rd grade word list. I left the student with vocabulary words to practice. Additionally, he is going to re-read these chapters independently for extra practice."