Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session began with a conversation between the student and his parents and myself about what they are hoping to gain from tutoring. He describes his main concerns as study skills, organization, and time management. His parents echoed that concern and reiterated that, with his busy schedule, he is going to need to have a firm grasp on all those areas before school starts in August. From there, he and I spent some time talking and just getting to know one another. I had him complete a learning styles inventory to give me some direction as to how he learns best. I also had him read a short story aloud, and then complete a short written response. I also gave him a short homework assignment. He has summer reading for school, "A Long Way Gone," and I asked him to have the first chapter read before our next session."
"For our first meeting, the student and I discussed what she felt were her biggest issues with staying organized. I had researched and brought in a variety of materials so we started by reviewing organizational forms that she would use to remind herself to bring things home/what she needs to bring home, in addition to using her agenda. We ended our session by completing an inventory of learning styles."
"I helped the student practice taking notes by hand using a simulated lecture format. I typed up a series of notes in a Google document form on the American Revolution, and he took notes on my lecture. I had to find a topic on which he had some prior knowledge, and I felt history was easier to teach in a clear and consistent lecture. I asked him several questions throughout our simulated lecture to ensure that he was as engaged as possible in the session. Afterwards, I instructed him to type up his handwritten notes and place either both sets of notes or just his handwritten notes in a pre-designated binder. He was also encouraged to write down this assignment in his planner. This exercise is intended to promote organizational skills."
"Today, the student was much more focused and ready to work. We were able to complete most of her edits as well as make a study guide for her test in physical science. I also did review/editing with her online for a history project and her weekly adage assignment."
"We reviewed a map of Asia. The student used a blank map of Asia to memorize the countries in Asia. She did a good job of identifying the countries. She used some mnemonic devices we found on the internet to facilitate the process. She was accurate with the majority of the countries. She then made a T-Chart that contained terms that she will encounter on her history exam. The information was mainly about events that transpired in the original colonies of the United States. She had a positive attitude towards the material covered. She was productive during today's session."
"Today, I worked with Student 1 on his math work. By the end of math, he was able to figure out the slope intercept form of a line on his own. We went over how to find this, and I went into more depth with explaining and he seemed to grasp it better. I will go over this again in the next session to see if it was retained. Afterwards, we went over subjective and objective nouns. We reviewed the difference between the two and watched a video explaining their meanings. He seemed to grasp the difference between the two during a review game. Student 2 and I practiced multiplying and dividing fractions. She grasps the method for solving each type of problem. She played a game to review and got all of the equations correct."