"I began the session by asking the student if she believed that the study and in-class strategies I provided last week helped her to better stay on top of her work. She has started keeping a notebook where she writes down each of her subjects for the day, future assignments, and whether she has questions for me. She says that she likes this system (although she may try to find a smaller notebook that is easier to carry around!), and it worked well for me because while the student said that she couldn't think of anything that had confused her during the week, she had notes under Latin and science about concepts she wanted to go over. This allowed me to then clarify those areas of confusion (what "verb conjugations" and "principal parts" actually are) that will prove important going forward in each of her classes. She does a fantastic job of stopping me when she is confused (something she probably isn't able to do as much of in class), and this keeps her engaged and thinking critically about the material at hand. After Latin, we worked to prepare her for her evolution quiz with practice problems provided by her teacher. This brought up an interesting discovery: While the student thinks she understands a given concept, she has a very difficult time recalling information and answers when asked to either give the answer verbally or in written form. For example, when asked if she understands how natural selection leads to evolution, she will answer yes, but if you ask her to explain her answer, she struggles. She is by no means unusual in this regard, and I believe that this is probably the first grade level where she has had to actively synthesize and recall information rather than simply comprehend material enough to complete detailed step-by-step homework assignments. This is certainly a skill I can impart to her! She is willing to work hard, she simply hasn't been given the means to know how best to devise study methods and tools on her own. To this end, I will be working with her to teach her how to think critically about what might show up on a quiz or test, be able to discern key concepts when they appear in class or in her texts, and how to create active recall study tools for herself. I have encouraged both the student and her mother to keep in touch throughout the week to ensure that the student is able to keep up with her material as it is presented rather than having to wait a full week."