Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student 1: We worked on business and biology. Although we did not have clear page/chapter assignments for biology, I picked some key concepts and vocab words involving DNA (his next unit) so that he could get a jumpstart on studying. We also discussed ways to improve his English grade. Student 2: We discussed ways to improve his Italian grade. I had him download two apps which allow him to practice his grammar, writing, and speaking skills. I will check in at the beginning of every session to see that he is making progress. He is also speaking to his Italian teacher for extra help."
"The student reports that she is up-to-date with all of her assignments. We reviewed some of her history homework that will later be turned in as part of a packet. We then reviewed her math assignment. She will finish her timeline for her English project and will be starting her rough draft in class tomorrow. Her organization seems to be improving."
"We reviewed a short story, which helps me gauge what information the student recalls immediately after reading and I am attempting to get him to take notes while reading. The student has told me he occasionally will make flashcards for Spanish tests but otherwise he does not utilize any study tools. This includes flashcards for other subjects (which could be used for vocabulary, algebra and chemistry formulas, etc.), highlighters, or post-it notes. What I have tried to convey about these kinds of study tools is that they help in the process of studying. Making flashcards and/or taking extra notes at home while reading are all more work and take up more time, which the student does not appear open to doing. However, these could help him if he wanted to put in the time. Studying is more work and more time, there is no way around that. He reported getting a poor grade on an algebra text/quiz (in the 60's), but apparently everyone in his class did poorly on this test/quiz. He reported getting a 90 on a history text/quiz. This session the student did not bring any homework to do, which is fine but when he does not bring anything from school, we will work on assignments I bring. While the purview of our tutoring sessions are "study skills and organization" I am also attempting to use these sessions as college prep, therefore I will bring college prep material for us to work on. I would like to see more of the student's essays or assignments that have grades with evaluative comments on them so I can see what his teachers are saying about his work."
"The student showed me his grading rubric for his project that he turned in last week and he did great! He got 50/50 points and did such a great job that his teacher asked if he could keep it as a sample for next year's class! He was so excited! He is making amazing strides and it seems as though my positive encouragement and my teaching style is helping him excel greatly. He even did a lot of his math homework before I arrived. We finished working on his math and went over spelling. We also worked on his science test (which he had to fill out the incorrect problems to turn in today for extra credit). We also picked a book for his new project due in 2 weeks. Things are going great! I helped his sister on her spelling and sentences as well. As always, it was a pleasure working with the children!"
"The student took a math quiz and a math test last week, and I was so proud to see her results: 84% on the quiz, and 100% on the test!! I was very happy for her and she was very pleased with herself, and it's great to see that our lessons have been working for her. We began by reviewing the two problems she got wrong on the quiz. They were similar in nature, asking her to show 10 or 100 times a decimal number (i.e. which number is 10 times .6?), so we reviewed how to easily multiply a number by a multiple of 10 by moving the decimal to the right a certain number of places, to be determined by the number of zeros in the multiple. She then worked on Monday night's math homework, which involved a lot of multiplying two and three digit numbers. I slowly and calmly walked her through them so she wouldn't feel discouraged. With each one problem that we did, she became more and more comfortable, so I will bring a few practice problems for us to work on next week to help increase her confidence and skill level. She also needs more practice with long division, in instances where the first digit of the dividend is smaller than the divisor. Following her math homework, I reviewed the sentences she wrote with her spelling words, and clarified for her the difference between heard and herd (she thought herd was the present tense and heard was past tense), and helped her come up with a new appropriate sentence for herd. I also taught her when to use a vs. an before a word in a sentence; she stated she hadn't been taught that before, but caught on pretty quickly. I gave her a few sample words to determine if she should use a or an before them and she did a great job."
"The student had reading homework, which involved writing extended sentences. He had to use his vocabulary words to create sentences and then extend the sentences using the words because, but, and yet. First I guided him to understand his vocabulary words by looking up the definitions for each word, then create the sentence involving the vocabulary word."