Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the first half of our session completing his social studies homework, which involved vocabulary and review questions from a chapter on the 1920s. We spent the remaining 30 minutes introducing 8 new vocabulary words that feature the 'ea' vowel digraph making the short e sound. Hearing examples and contextualized use of the words, he was able to define them and name their part of speech. His reading of other words from his list indicated a solid pattern of breaking words into syllables and decoding-well done!"
"We covered a lot of ground in this session. The main focuses were on long division, synthetic division, and finding solutions to quadratic and cubic functions. We managed to review three separate homework sets."
"The student comprehensively prepared her for her third exam. We finished the last set of reading comprehension questions from a primary source, and reviewed all the facts and biographical information, and looked through all the other readings. She took the exam (online) and got an 86%, which is a large improvement from her first two scores. I think we will be able to raise her grade to a B by the end of the semester."
"The student and I went over the reading section that I had assigned. Then, we completed the section together and discussed the strategies that I taught him last week. We spent the rest of the time going passage-by-passage until he had a strategy he was comfortable with. He got to the point that he was only missing one (or none) per passage. Finally, I gave him a few English tips and assigned an English section for homework."
"We worked on Math questions from practice test 9, as well as vocabulary. We also talked about ways to improve her scores on the essay portion (short outline, keep examples specific, have a clearly stated conclusion)."
"The student and I met from 4:50-6:50. We went over her final exam packet for Algebra. We started with simplification of radicals, polynomials and exponents and logarithms. We continued with solving polynomial functions. We will continue with conics on Thursday in addition to finishing logs."
"The student is diligently recording vocabulary from her summer reading that is not understood and is attempting to use the context clues strategy practiced in tutoring sessions on her own. The parent is excellently reviewing the vocabulary with her daughter, and I attribute much of her improvement to this continued practice in between tutoring sessions. Today, I observed the student using the strategy successfully and noted the pride on her face as she comprehended without my assistance. The student continues to need assistance, but she is beginning to pick up the strategy. I plan to create some word puzzles and other teacher-made materials to assist her in internalizing the vocabulary words. The student must pick three words of her choice to define in writing and write sentences as a homework assignment."
"Counting the student's birthday money, counting by 10s, reading comprehension and answering questions. We got through all the material and he seemed to really have fun once we were working on counting money and counting by 10s."
"The students a great self-starter. He had everything prepared and knew what he needed to work on most. We looked over the topics for the oral portion of his final, and discussed the grammatical aspects that needed to be included in each one. We wrote out some of the scenarios presented in Spanish and what would be the best approach for the question. We reviewed every verb tense he has learned so far and made a cheat sheet with all of the endings for the different conjugations and discussed the irregular verbs as well. He said this helped a lot. We ended the session by spending 20 minutes discussing anything he was still unsure about."
"We dedicated the majority of today's session to completing a project involving the geography, culture, and history of the ancient Mediterranean world. In particular, we focused on the historical relevance of the port city of Ostia and of Naples and its surrounding cities for the Romans. In the final half hour of the session, we turned our focus to Latin grammar, and we reviewed the formation and uses of the subjunctive and of infinitives."
"I helped the student review for his final exam. We went over the noun endings, participles, the ablative absolute, the subjunctive forms, and the subjunctive uses. It was quite a session! He did very well when I quizzed him."
"The student wanted to meet twice right before her final exam. We met and spent the majority of our time working on memorization. We reviewed every chart that I had given her to memorize, and we introduced the 3rd and 5th declension nouns. She did fine on the relative pronouns and on the personal pronouns, and seemed to understand the verb forms as well. I have been so impressed with her translation skills recently. We covered about 12 lines in an hour, which is remarkable for someone her age. She comprehended everything that we read, and even contributed some insight into its cultural relevance. Overall, a great session."