Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We looked at her planner to make sure she is using it and discussed whether or not she has any other assignments due towards the end of the week. I also looked through her homework binder and she was up to date on all of her assignments. I then had her respond to three more reading comprehension questions from "The Lottery." She was much more focused during this session and demonstrated that she understands the importance of returning to the text to support her answers. She also used direct quotes from the story to support her answers. I had her review her answers, and she found each error and made the appropriate corrections. She is really starting to understand the importance and necessity of checking her work. We discussed how she needs to slow down and take her time when she is getting her ideas on paper. I also told her to assume the reader knows nothing about the text, and this tactic made it much easier for her to respond to each reading comprehension question with thoughtful, thorough answers. To conclude the session, she and I reviewed the study skills and organization habits I've been helping her work on throughout our sessions. Her grades are up in History class, and her goal for the end of the school year is to maintain that momentum by taking her time with her assignments, double checking her work, and always answering reading comprehension and test questions in complete sentences. The recent improvement in her grades shows that she is committing to her new work ethic in History class. For the summer, I strongly encouraged her to keep reading and emphasized how it will help her be more prepared for next school year."
"I had the student write out all the tasks he needed to accomplish. Then we sorted out which tasks were of high priority and determined when he would get them done. He's better when given structure and clear, daily due dates. He struggles when he has to pace himself, so we eliminated some of that decision-making by setting a relatively simple schedule for the session."
"We worked on practice exams for biology. This was our last scheduled session for the school year, and we celebrated both students improving their GPA."
"The student and I spent two hours going through her math and English homework. She is learning Algebra I concepts including line equations, graphing and inequalities, and English concepts including grammar and sentence structure. She has a good grasp of the material but needed me to refresh her on the methods to solve some specific problems. I am confident that she has the capacity to complete her work independently, but she needs some assistance. We set a second meeting tomorrow and will continue to schedule further sessions as we go."
"Today the student had a homework assignment for science class to begin their new unit on wetlands. We discussed the vocabulary, and he worked on an assignment to aide in vocabulary memorization. For language arts, the student's class is starting a new unit, and they were introduced to poetry vocabulary. Knowing the focus of his class, I made sure to highlight poetic aspect of our studies such as metaphor and hyperbole. The student did well at recognizing words that indicate metaphor (i.e. like or as). We reviewed the vocabulary words from yesterday's session before moving on to a new set of definitions. The student did wonderfully at recalling the old words and very well at determining the meaning of new words from today's studies. Once again we practiced defining words first based on context and then by looking for the definitions in a dictionary. We also discussed other methods of study help when reading new and unfamiliar material, such as using a thesaurus or searching for information about the author. We discussed how the life of an author might influence what is written and how to use that information to read a metaphor. The student has been more open about sharing his study methods in class."
"The student and I reviewed the immune system. We discussed the cellular components along with specific responses. Additionally, we reviewed earlier material which the immune system requires us to understand. She did very well and asked thoughtful questions that demonstrated and contributed to understanding of the material."