Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The first student and I went back to her Pre-Algebra textbook to work more specifically on solving equations that include variables. We practiced problems in all forms (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing), and she seemed to improve enormously. I then asked her if we could drill the flash cards I asked her to make about rules of equations with fractions. I told her to drill them for at least 15 minutes on her own. I then made a checklist for her other homework, and brought to light an essay that she has due in two weeks on the novel Lord of the Flies. I asked her to get the guidelines from the teacher by Monday at the latest so that we could begin forming an outline together. The second student had to study for his spelling test. I tested him on his spelling list and he made only one mistake, which he quickly recognized and corrected. We proceeded to work on a reading comprehension worksheet I brought to the session. This passage was a bit more difficult than the ones we have previously worked on. He read the passage pretty well, but the questions were challenging for him. It took some prompting for him to find the answers in the passage. He writes the answers quickly and sometimes forgets capitalization and spelling, but was able to find his own errors when I asked him to take a second look. It was evident that he was interested in the article, as he asked me questions after we finished the worksheet and continued the conversation beyond the text. I left him with a checklist for his other assignments: getting a test and planner signed by his mother when she got home. At the mother's request, I reached out to his general studies teacher to introduce myself and make myself available. She responded and reinforced that we should work on reading comprehension and also updated me on the new topic for math."
"At today's session, the student and I updated his agenda book with his upcoming assignments and test dates, as usual. His chorus grade is climbing from an 82 (last session) to an 87 now, which I was very happy about. He mentioned to me that his English grade went down from a B to a D, because he got a 50% on the last essay assignment he turned in. By the end of our session, his English teacher had entered grades for subsequent assignments into the online system, and his grade went up to a 77%, which he was ecstatic about. He appears to be doing well in all his other classes. He had a Spanish quiz today that he reports went well. He has a history quiz tomorrow and says that he has studied extensively for it."
"Today we specifically went over the student's cell entity project. The project is due Friday, however, the student is submitting the project on Monday for extra credit. He presented the project to me. He explained that he had not completed editing, and that what I was seeing was a rough draft. His project looked great! We reviewed the project a few times, and edited the project together. On a few slides the student had awkward comparative phrases, reason being that he did not want to recycle the same words over and over again "similar" "like"... After catching this I condoned the student for the great awareness, and introduced the student to a thesaurus. I explained the use of it and how it can be easily found on Microsoft Word. I had the student open up Word and type in the word "similar" and had him right click to the option menu and there he found synonymous and the thesaurus. While editing the student understood that when describing the functions of the organelles of the cell he can not be vague, rather specific to detail. Science is not vague, rather the contrary, each cell organelle has specific duties. He understands, and said he would make the necessary changes where needed. Overall the student did a great job on the project thus far. Should he incorporate the critique/editing that we did together, the student should have a phenomenal presentation. He also has his math quiz/math retake on Tuesday. He said that he feels confident, he has been reviewing the material for some time now. I reminded him to review through his old exam, as the teacher may re-use problems. He preferred not to review for the math exam today with me (as he had more confidence in the subject), rather he wanted to spend time on working on the project. I told him, should he have any questions leading up to the math exam, he should call me/email me and we will set something up. We had a great session, by far one of the best we have had."