Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued to discuss the "three heirs" to the Roman Empire, paying particular attention to the Sunni-Shiite schism in the Islamic world and Charlemagne in Western Europe."
"I had been emailed me a few samples of the student's writing, per my request, in advance of our tutoring session. This helped me get a sense of his writing strengths (a good innate grasp of flow and logical structure) and weaknesses (short sentences, generic nouns, spelling and grammar errors, and difficulty with reading comprehension). In today's session, he asked if I could help him with a history assignment, saying he often found history difficult as well as English / writing. I observed that his history assignments relied on the same reading comprehension skills as his English assignments, so working on reading comprehension would benefit him in both subjects. He showed me his current history homework, which involved analyzing a historical drawing and answering questions about it. His observations were very astute. However, I noticed he would often answer questions quickly and too briefly; I encouraged him to spend a bit more time and attention on each question, and with that he was able to generate a more detailed and fleshed out responses. I discussed with him the difference between seeing and inferring - and helped him differentiate between what he actually saw in the picture vs. the interpretation he was giving to what he saw. He seemed to grasp the distinction. He also asked if I could help him with a science assignment. I explained to him that I usually don't tutor science, however, since the assignment involved reading a text and answering questions, I did it with him, since it worked on the same reading comprehension skills. I went over with him how to take notes as he read - summarizing his reading in a notebook and writing down questions to ask the teacher in class. I encouraged him to take notes as he read in his English and history assignments as well, since I think that will improve his reading retention and comprehension. I asked him show me those notes the next time we meet."
"We first briefly did a review for the student's upcoming science test on cells. We specifically went over the history of cells and went over cell theory again. Afterwards, we went over material for an upcoming history test. The test involved writing an essay about ancient Greece, so I went over the textbook and showed her how to more effectively organize the material in order to make a better essay. She seemed to take the suggestions I gave her to heart and it seemed like she would be well-prepared for both tests."
"The first student and I read "Introduction to Renaissance" in textbook and took notes on index cards covering the who, the what, and the how of 14th & 15th Century Italian city-states. The second student is doing well in bio and we studied for quiz tomorrow on cell structure. Did RTN for next unit."
"We covered some of the American Revolution. We reviewed for a US History exam. I also spoke to his mother about what she wanted for the student and what she expected from me, as his tutor."
"The student and I worked on his homework about the India/ Pakistan separation and he spoke very intelligently about colonialism."
"Worked on paper about social democracy and the Roosevelts. Demonstrate how to write an effective thesis statement and help student to develop a cohesive paper covering topics expected for a successful paper."
"The student and I finished up the sections he needed to go over in American History. I created a slideshow presentation and a quiz sheet for his use during our session."
"The boys and I went over the articles of the Constitution. We examined and talked about what they meant and then wrote out definitions for each article."
"Discussed organizational strategies to study Social Studies as well as other subjects. Discussed organization strategies for note taking and note storage."
"The student and I met to work on: history, literature, and biology. He displayed a firm understanding of the material when examining Roman and theological texts. We will meet next week to discuss his biology project. I was very excited to learn that he had achieved multiple test scores in the A+ range. We will continue to review the fundamental concepts necessary to consistently improve his scores. I am thrilled to see him improving."
"We completed reviewing "Road to Revolution, Early British Actions" and made flashcards for each action. I spoke with his teacher and we are going to put an emphasis on having the student be sure to read the materials. When he reads the materials, or he gets a lecture in class on a particular topic, he understands it is a matter of getting him to do the work and ensuring that he understands the work. I am feeling optimistic that this could be a turning point for him. He still has vocabulary/comprehension issues, but we also started making flashcards for words that are not identified as "new chapter words", but are just as important to understanding the material."