Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"With the end of the student's semester approaching, I decided it would be great to make a list of goals or areas in which he could improve this semester. It took some prodding and questioning, but I think we made a good list. I tried to impress upon him that small changes and improvements over time will have a huge impact in the end. For example, I asked which class he did best in and which he felt he could use the most improvement. For most improvement, he said math. I suggested he review just one problem each week that he missed either from a homework assignment, in class work, or a quiz/test. This is a small task that has the ability to yield big results by getting him in the mindset that correcting even just one mistake a week can improve his grades. On his list will also be to remember to always get the "easy points" by getting in the habit of immediately putting his name, block and the date on each assignment he gets, as well as not skimping on the table of contents or bibliography section of a paper. I also discussed with the student the importance of doing work in an organized manner, such as outlining a paper before writing it. While he says that he does do that, I am hoping to see an example next time he has his English binder with him. That's a great way to see how doing something that feels like "extra work" actually makes the work easier in the end."
"We discussed the student's planner and what assignments she has for the week. Next, she worked on her English homework in a grammar book. She learned the difference between common nouns and pronouns, and when to use an apostrophe on possessive nouns. Finally, we finished up the session by studying Science for a quiz on labeling parts of a cell. She did really good today!"
"The student and I made a new study schedule and talked in detail about how the student plans to prepare for his next math exam. He agreed to spend at least 3 hours studying for it in addition to completing review assignments, and he assigned himself topics to review over the next week. I suggested that he also make a "summary sheet" of concepts and equations that will be tested, as a means of synthesizing the information. He plans to do this, too. During our session, he also completed a math assignment and a history assignment. On the math assignment, he made one small arithmetic error but did a good job of showing his work. He had an excellent understanding of the history assignment and his responses were straightforward and detailed."
"We covered 1st grade math and 1st grade sight words. He has made incredible progress in 6 months. I left him with math drill worksheets and sight word flashcards to review."
"The student and I started our session today by going through her math journal and homework from last week. She seems to have very little trouble with all of it. We then began working on her writing journal. I'm going to continue to try and challenge her with her entries. We ended our session with "popcorn" reading from Harry Potter."
"The student and I continued to work in his workbooks for reading, writing and math. In reading we have been working on fluency and encouraging the student to sound out words, instead of guessing. We also work on comprehension and finding evidence in the text when answering questions. In writing, we are working on penmanship and encouraging his imagination. In math we are working on base ten blocks, adding/subtracting multi-digit numbers, place value to hundred, and skip counting."