Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We got all of the student's homework finished, which included studying for a language arts test, algebra, and theology."
"The student brought a calendar and we successfully calendared out his week, adding in study time appropriate for his classes. He was also coached to do "just in time" studying--rather than study the whole book, for example, just study the chapters on which he'll be tested. He brought in English homework that he needed to concentrate on, so I diverted my agenda to help him with that. He was required to read a 2-page passage, summarize it, then answer a few questions in complete sentences and paragraphs. He is able to recount every detail of the story, but had difficulty summarizing its main points. Therefore, we spent the session working on finding the main points and summarizing them in 5-6 sentences. Since hand-written work is tedious for the student, we opened up MS Word to write his summary, so that he could take advantage of its features. Afterward, he was supposed to transfer what he wrote in Word to the worksheet. This transfer task has an educational purpose. He was directed to take his time, transfer without error, and not make any spelling errors in the process. This ends up being a lesson in concentration and attention to written detail. Additionally, the student was tutored in the concepts of brainstorming, rough draft, and final draft as a standard process for any paragraph he has to write. He was coached to consider that this process creates a better final product than a single process "brain-to-pencil-to-paper" final draft."
"We discussed 3 tests that the student has in the coming week. The week, the student has language arts and exams. He also has a Spanish quiz. We discussed using flashcards for the vocab in Language Arts as well as Spanish. For his religion test, we discussed a few strategies including reading over the PowerPoint highlighting sections that are important."
"We looked at the sample ISEE sections that you provided. I taught the student a bit about taking averages as this is a skill that came up a lot in questions. There are many skills tested on the ISEE that she has not been exposed to, but she's only being compared to other students of her grade level, so the most important thing will be to encourage her to avoid panic. When she sees a question she doesn't understand, she should guess and move on. Emphasize that she could end up with a pretty good score even if she only knows 1/4 of the questions."
"The student wants to develop better study skills so she can be a stronger student this coming semester. She is struggling with time-management/scheduling, note-taking, reading comp, and planning for essays and assignments. Her attitude seems determined and positive. Together, we discussed various note-taking and reading skills that I feel would be helpful for her in her classes this semester. For the next session, she is tor read the Baldwin essay in its entirety and implement the annotating tips we discussed (color-coded, vocabulary note cards, etc.)."
"This was the student's first week back since winter break, and he handed in all of his homework. We went through what assignments are due this week and talked about looking ahead not just at the current week, but the following week as well."