"The student had a much better lesson today. He seemed to be much more into the session, and enjoyed the experience much better. He told me that he felt a lot more comfortable on his latest Bio quiz. He told me he does not have any homework remaining/due for this week, nor are any projects/exams/quizzes due this week.
I asked the student what subject is giving him the most problems. In addition to biology the student mentioned Spanish. Today we reviewed through some common Spanish words within the categories of "family", "things you find in a classroom", "places you go to" , "neighborhood", and "days of the week". He told me that it's been awhile since he reviewed through these vocab words, and he did express some knowledge, but had difficulty pulling the definition of the word. Instead of asking for a straight definition, I used the word in a sentence and used body language to help describe the Spanish vocab word. He really enjoyed this segment of the lesson. I told him that it would be helpful to make flash cards pertaining to these vocab words. In addition I told him that if he were to organize these words in categories, this too would help him better study the vocabulary. He stated that this session was helpful. I told him that it is important to review these vocab words regularly as he is going to be basing all of his future Spanish classes off of these basic vocabulary words. The student understands that he should review the words whenever he has a lighter load of homework like he does this weekend.
The student expressed to me that he relies on his computer a lot. I told him that in addition to keeping all his notes, assignments lists, to-do lists, etc. on the computer it is important to start practicing to handwrite the documents as some classes will not allow for a computer to be used in the classroom setting, especially when he goes to college. In addition I explained to the student that technical issues are a common occurrence these days, and I don't want him to be stuck should his or any computer "crash" on him/lose battery. He recognized that this may be the case in the future, and said that he would try to start documenting homework assignments on paper/in his planner to help keep better organization."