Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"1. Studied past tense verbs (preterite) regular and irregular verbs. 2. Studied all vocabulary related to train and airline travel. 3. Cultural discussion of Andalucía and Madrid, Spain and Macchu Picchu and Cuzco, Peru. 4. Reviewed three different practice activities, and I left those activity CDs and a textbook with her until our next meeting."
"Continued work on earlier essay, discussed proofreading and work habits. Talked about King Lear and ideas for in-class essay on such. She will write an introduction for an essay on King Lear for our next meeting, at which time we will be doing writing work together. She shows progress in understanding what an essay means and should look like."
"We first reviewed a story for English class; then we reviewed the material for the student's social studies test. The material included hunters and gatherers, division of labor, and agriculture in early human clans and societies. His mother had already had him write out a list of topics for review, and he seemed to have a better understanding of the material after writing it out. I think that diligent note taking and list making would be a good study strategy for him going forward. I quizzed him on the material for the quiz, and he was ready. His mother mentioned that he needs work on writing essays and short responses so we're going to work on that next week. I mentioned that encouraging him to read on his own is a great way for him to learn about good writing. I suggested that he be encouraged to read the sports page for starters."
"First, the student completed the short writing section, which I timed (10 min). We then checked the answers and discussed the ones she missed. Grammatical topics included active and passive voice, subject-verb agreement, and sentence structure. We spent the rest of the session working through a math section. We discussed general strategies, such as pacing and skipping questions that are likely too difficult to solve, and more specific strategies like replacing variables with numbers."
"Today we finished the rest of the subjects in physics. This included translational motion, force, electrical circuits, optics, and atomic structure. The student seems to have a good understanding of electrical circuits. We did a few practice questions on this topic, and she excelled answering the questions. In optics, we were able to review lenses and mirrors as well as Snell's law. The student seems to have a good grasp of this material as well. With the remaining 45 minutes, we worked on practice problems."
"Today we mainly worked on Spanish. The student did his "si clauses #3" worksheet and I would correct him when he had small errors, mainly with articles and matching cases. He did well overall on that. Next, he typed up his "Happy Cool" paper from class with corrections. He typed while I read it out loud to him. Finally, he completed his homework for Thursday for Spanish. Then we talked about his English book and he told me he had 30 pages to read left in the book."
"The student and I played the dictionary game, in which she had to sound out (and find) words that I gave her in the dictionary. After the game, she found three books that she wanted to read. She read one almost entirely by herself, and with much more confidence and accuracy than when we had started. She read the second book just as well, where we switched off reading pages. I read the final book to her, and asked her critical questions about the story as we went."
"Today we went over all the material we've covered so far and proceeded to some basic French conversation. We'd also discussed textbooks over the last couple days and selected one which the student will be getting on Monday before our next lesson! The lessons are going very well!"
"I went over the proctored test with the students this afternoon - English, math, and reading. One student scored fairly well in English and math, but needs some intensive work in reading and science. To increase his speed and comprehension, he will have an hour of reading homework each night. The other student excelled in science and English. We will focus on bringing his math score up a few points next week to get that extra composite point he needs. We will focus on math and English for him as well this week, as those provide the quickest positive results."
"The student had a unit quiz so we reviewed some of the chemistry topics that were being covered such as pH, pOH, and oxidation/reduction. We had a lot of extra time so I reviewed her trigonometry homework with her, which was the description of inverse and direct graph relationships."
"We spent most of the session talking about the critical reading section and strategies for the passage-based questions. We discussed reading the questions beforehand, writing notes in the margins, and balancing all of this with the time limit."
"The student is improving at recognizing patterns and ordering images, numbers and letters into sequences. We played a number of sequential ordering games, which he seemed to enjoy. I've been practicing verbal questioning skills by asking about various concepts and objects."