Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed the required reading extensively, debating and examining the different themes of the true-crime novel. He has received a list of five questions about the text. He is to choose 1-2 and record notes about how he would answer them in a prompt, using examples from the book to support his arguments. At our next session, we will look at these notes and start working towards writing a new response."
"The student and I spent today working on her Physics homework, which covered heat and temperature. We worked on specific heat and energy gains, and losses associated with heating and cooling, as well as phase changes."
"Our first session was very productive. We discussed how we were going to work, and I helped the student with some strategies to do her homework more effectively. I also helped her with some grammar issues she was struggling with. It was a very productive first session."
"Today, we worked on finishing the discussion board response, and we responded to two other students' responses online. We also began journal entry 3, in which we listed the expectations parents have on their preschool aged children."
"I worked with the student on three of her papers. We got some of her thoughts organized and talked about how to approach the topics. She seems to be improving in her writing, especially with the formation of her thesis and how to be specific in her examples."
"Worked with the student reviewing last two tests and any problems she missed, especially focusing on finding the area of irregular shapes, and finding relationships with equations. Also went over homework on exponential equations and graphing. Went over her grades with her. Came up with a more comprehensive game plan for our time together that includes history, math, English and Bible class."
"I helped the student take a practice SSAT math test. In addition to covering the concepts, I discussed test-taking strategy, including guessing/wrong answer penalty, working within the time constraints, and skipping difficult questions. She is showing progress; she applied the lessons I've taught her in previous sessions on today's test."
"Today the student and I finished up chapter 6. He has not yet covered the material in class, so I taught him the basic concept of probability and odds, and we then worked through practice problems. He appeared to understand the material."
"First we looked over the student's math quiz. We then completed his HW due Tuesday which he did an excellent job on (no difficulty whatsoever) then we looked ahead to new material due Wednesday including solving systems of equations using the addition method. We completed part of his Wednesday homework, and he was able to then select which problem-solving method to use (substitution or addition). While he is still occasionally making small mental errors his grasp of the new content is very strong."
"The student and I worked on math concepts including simplifying expressions, solving for unknowns and word problems. We practiced essay writing by forming topic sentences and learning how to write an introduction. Lastly, we covered all of his vocabulary flash cards and separated them according to his understanding of the definitions. He is to practice them during the week."
"The student and I worked on an English paper today. His paper is covering Realism poetry and he chose to write about a poem by Carl Sandburg (For a Son from is Father), Walt Whitman, and one by Emily Dickinson. We analyzed the rhyme schemes, tone, mood, structure, diction, imagery and relationship of the plays to each other. The student had some really good insights about the poems. The rough draft of his paper is due tomorrow, and he had a good start on it from our session."
"We reviewed pronunciation, covered days of the week, months, and numbers. The student read a Spanish children's book out loud. We went over worksheets (homework) I left with her, and we went over the syllabus for the next four weeks."