Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student started school the previous day, so we went through her backpack and organized all of her folders, notebooks, and spiral notebooks. Using the lists I made for her, we went through all her papers and created a To-Do list (she had 2 things to complete and her parents had a huge packet to complete); I taped the lists to her agenda. We also reviewed how she was using her agenda. She is doing everything she needs to do. Overall, I am thrilled that she is using the strategies and that they're working for her. Once her notebooks and other supplies were labeled, we reviewed the procedure I wanted her to follow, in order to prevent missing any opportunities to hear and write HW in her agenda. Once our session ended and I met with the student's parents. We discussed what we accomplished. I also suggested several strategies, so that she could easily see the HW assignments on the board."
"We have started to plan a weekly schedule for the semester, including getting his advising done, his major switched, and getting a head start on getting books and talking with campus departments."
"The student is a really nice young man who is respectful and optimistic about working with a tutor. We had a lot of fun and covered a lot of ground. He is entering his second year in college, which begins next week. His first year of college didn't go so well. We discussed problems with his first year in order to gain an understanding of the lessons he learned from his experience. He and I are working on a specific, detailed 5-year plan to achieve his B.S. in Biology. We spent time defining the steps he needs to take to achieve that goal. He has committed to achieving a B or better in all his classes, which means shoot for an A and take a B as a consolation prize. We also agreed to follow the leadership style of his swim coaches--their firm, drill-sergeant approach creates a successful swim team. He is going to become his own drill sergeant, and one of his action items before our next session is to create a list of things he needs to do become that. He received instruction on effective note-taking, and coaching about his first day at school, because he is wait-listed for all but one of his classes, that class being a 6-unit chemistry course (lab and lecture)."
"We started out by going over his math notes from school and by refreshing grammar concepts covered in his English review packet. He struggled with some basic subject/verb identification in simple sentences, and with combining two sentences into one complete sentence. For the second half of the lesson, we reviewed his social studies reading assignment and he worked on the comprehension questions at the end of the packet."
"This was my first time meeting with this student, and I thoroughly enjoyed our time together. We started off the session by reviewing her math homework. She had already completed it (subtracting mixed numbers), but we went over it again and she learned that she did a few of them the wrong way. She corrected them and then we moved on to social studies. She mentioned that she has a vocabulary quiz in social studies every Friday. We went over the words and then I asked her to spell the words. The spelling was not correct, so we went over the spelling of the words and how she can come up with ways to remember the correct spelling. With about 10 minutes left in the session I helped her partially complete her science study guide for her test. I would love to be able to talk to her teacher in hopes that I can learn what she is doing in reading/ ELA so that we can work on reading comprehension. I think that she is doing really well, and I am excited to keep working with her."
"My first session with the student was great! He is not afraid to ask questions and clearly communicates when he does not understand something. We worked on his math homework, which was changing large numbers into their expanded form. We focused on what expanded form meant and why someone would write it out. He grasped this concept with no hesitation. Once his homework was complete, we worked on how to structure a paragraph. He indicated that he did not always know where to begin when writing a paragraph, although he knew the parts. We worked on the process of brainstorming ideas and how to make an outline for a paragraph. Next session, I plan on beginning with completing writing out the paragraph we started and reviewing his times tables."