Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had printed the last 4 days worth of math class/homework (about 20 pages of problems ), and we studied these for his math test on Friday. We made good progress focusing on a lot of the little things that stand in the way of a good grade on the test, such as watching positives/negatives, checking basic mathematical calculations, exponent rules, distributive rules, formulating correct equations from word problems, and checking your work by plugging your answer back into the equation. If he can remember to step everything out on paper instead of in his head, he should do pretty well on Friday's test. In English, they have been reading "Lord of the Flies" in class, for which he has a test on Thursday. He will be reviewing and studying math every day this week in class and with his math tutor. So we discussed whether he wants to meet for a tutoring session Thursday afternoon since his workload, especially for Friday, is fairly light. If he does want to meet, I asked him to bring a set of problems with him that he knows he needs to work on, or I will bring remedial work (not directly related to school) for him in Math and English. He will discuss this with his mom and get back to me."
"For this coming week and beyond, the student's assessments are more projects rather than tests. Her Environmental Science class will focus on a large group project but will have smaller lessons and assignments along the way. She knows to mark deadlines for parts of the project in her planner as they come up. She also has a project in English on Thoreau's ON WALDEN POND due next week Friday - she has a few steps (submit an outline, research, put it together) and planned out when she would complete each and placed those deadlines in her planner. She will have the PowerPoint ready to present to me next Wednesday to work out any glitches for Friday's presentation to the class. She knows she can email me along the way if she needs any tips or help. She has a skin project in Anatomy - she chose "3rd degree burns." The student also created a game-plan to study for the Constitution Exam - she will use her text with the Constitution in it to answer the more straight-forward study guide questions. She will only use the internet to answer the more complicated ones. She is welcomed to email me if she gets stuck. She will make note cards to study, but will also use practice tests on the internet (which will help practice the information that can't feasibly be placed on flashcards). The student feels confident about the direction she is headed. She is excited about the various projects and has developed plans to complete them in a timely manner. I will continue to monitor her progress and encourage changes to her schedule only if needed."
"We continued working on the workbook and focused on multiplication, division and various parts of speech."
"During my session with Student 1 and Student 2, we covered material for their upcoming earth science tests. With Student 1, we worked on radioactive decay, calculating half-lives, as well as reading a graph which depicts half-lives accurately. We answered practice test questions and took notes from the correct answer explanations. At first, she had a bit of difficulty reading the half-life graphs, but she understood them fully after I explained the correct answers to her on the practice questions. Her attitude became more confident the more she understood the material. As a strategy to improve her note taking, I suggested that she print out her teacher's outline before class, in order to fill it in with her own notes from his lecture. For extra practice, I suggested that she go through past assessment exams in the prep test book, looking specifically for radioactive half-life questions. I think her understanding of earth science and grades will improve quickly if she follows my advice. With Student 2, we read over her teacher's notes for the upcoming midterm, covering topics such as density=mass/volume, the density of water/ice, how to determine if a particle will float/sink, latitude, longitude, the equator and the prime meridian, minerals and the different kinds of rocks, as well as reading a topographic map. For her, I also suggested that she work on practice problems from the prep test book to help her prepare for the midterm."
"The student worked on an English assignment, in which she had to come up with a song whose lyrics could represent a specific scene in Romeo and Juliet. She had to post her answer online as a reply to the teacher's post. She had to briefly explain the scene (when Juliet refuses to accept a marriage arranged by her parents and her dad threatens to disown her if she doesn't go through with it), then provide some of the lyrics, and then explain why/how the lyrics fit the scene. We spent a lot of time searching for the right song and she finally decided on a song in which a girl is singing her own response to "Rude" (she is complaining that the men are jerks and that she wants a say and that she may just run away). When I asked her if it had to actually be a produced song, she said it didn't matter (or that her teacher had not specified). The lyrics fit perfectly! Most other songs were either about arranged marriage or fighting with parents, not both, like in this "song.""
"The student and I focused our session on material that he has to learn for PE (memorizing the bones and muscles in the human body). He did well on his final exams and finished last semester with a 3.2. Good work!"