Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over retention techniques and ways to help the student make the readings more interactive. Overall the student is doing great with maintaining his organization and says the online calendaring has been keeping him engaged in the process. We then covered current study habits and making time for drafting and then correcting assignments. We also reviewed his theology notes and talked about ways to drill the material with family until the exam. We spent the rest of the time reviewing his paper for his English class. I offered advice on how he can continue to improve his current draft."
"This session, we discussed a novel activity for the student's English class that was due 11/26 and discussed strategies on how to start a big project. We did a 1 minute brain dump that we used to refine our description of the characters. The student focused on doing the difficult components first and then completed the easier parts last."
"At today's session, we filled in his agenda book with his upcoming assignments and test dates as usual. I then checked his grades in each class, and he is doing fairly well in school, having mostly A's in his classes so far. I went over some study tips with the student, and some "life lessons". The student found out that he scored an 8/10 on last week's science quiz, the one where he forgot to answer the last 2 questions. So he essentially got every question he DID answer, right, and basically got a 100% based on what he DID answer. I congratulated him on this, and showed him that that mistake didn't mean the end of the world. He still has an A in that class, after this grade was entered. So it hardly hurt his grade."
"We went over the historical context of Les Miserables and the first volume of the book. Then we read through chapter 1 of volume 2 and went over the chapter questions. The student was very attentive and caught on very quickly despite the advanced level of her summer assignment. I gave her a chapter question as her assignment for the next class."
"We did a biological molecules quiz review. We approached materials more in depth, came up with a study guide and a study plan for the student to complete. She did have some trouble recalling concepts, and will employ flashcards as a learning tool. The student has three ongoing English reading projects: (1) The Help project due 9/11 (2) Ender's Game Project due 9/16 (3) Fahrenheit 451. We established a timeline for reading for the first two projects, with specific chapter deadlines and dates. We discussed in more depth what reading strategies she should be using. She will be using question guides with the questions from her assignment, to accumulate quotes that will help her with the ultimate end product. She has a positive, can-do attitude and I am looking forward to working with her this semester."
"The student and I discussed how her course work was going this year and what she could expect for work loads and scheduling. We will be covering Honors English II, Geometry, and Honors Chemistry. By priority of deadline, she worked on her Honors Chemistry homework which covered topics such as independent and dependent variables, which of these types sets of data may be, as well as plotting different graphs (scatter and bar). She has a good understanding of these and expects more of a challenge once these initial chapters are completed. I proofread her English paper on the topic of her name. She met the qualifications of the rubric provided and has a great writing style! The student is very proactive and I expect she'll carry her great attitude through the semester."