Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student seemed to be getting back in the school mode quickly after his two week break. He reported completing about half of what he had planned to do over break, including reading 400 out of 500 pages for AP History extra credit, completing most of his Health class "marriage" project, reading Life of Pi and Antigone for English, and studying Spanish terms for about 15 minutes every 3 days. He did not work on math extra credit. We looked over his current grades and set goals for where to focus during the last two weeks of the semester. (Semester finals are Tuesday through Thursday). He has an A in Public Speaking and History; an A minus in English and PE/Health; and a B in Physics, Math, and Spanish. He plans to talk with his physics teacher on Wednesday 1/7 about making up two quizzes that he missed (they exchanged emails about this just before break), which could bring his grade up significantly. I encouraged him to work to bring up his PE/Health grade (currently 91.8%) to an A by doing a great job on the marriage project, which should be very doable. He was also very motivated to bring up his math grade (currently 87.7%) to at least a B minus. He has a math test on Friday 1/9, so extra preparation for this test as well as the semester final is key; we plan to focus on math review in Thursday's session. He also plans to complete the math extra credit assignment over the weekend. [Note: his English grade dropped from an A to an A minus (92.3%) between our session yesterday and today; I'll plan to discuss with him on Thursday bringing this back up to an A.] I encouraged the student to keep focusing on Spanish, as well, and-- after making a study schedule for the week-- we spend the remainder of the session reviewing for his Spanish quiz on Tuesday. We read over all the instructions about quiz preparation and format that his Spanish teacher had provided, and I think that thorough understanding of instructions is an area where he needs to focus more in the future; at first, he described the quiz as covering a list of vocabulary terms, which he had reviewed over break, but after reading the description together, we found that the quiz covered the use of these terms in specific sentences. He made flashcards of these sentences (using the app on his tablet) and their English translations (which he translated himself)."
"The first student and I made notecards for his history class. The second student and I worked on math homework and discussed test prep strategies."
"The student and I discussed his research paper and went over his sources for his preparation of a bibliography to turn in."