Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday was my first tutoring session with the student, and I think it went very well. We started with introductions, then I had her take a study skills questionnaire and walk me through all of her class material, including online resources. After that, we created goals together for our tutoring sessions. And for the last part of our session today, we went over a science test that she was going to retake. We redid the problems she had missed, and I made sure she not only knew the correct answers, but was able to explain why they were correct as well. She doesn't always understand what a question is asking of her, so that is a big area we will work on in our sessions. We will also work on reading comprehension and improving her study skills."
"We talked about structure of the AP Human Geography course. The student was concerned about getting through the reading material efficiently while maintaining retention so we went over a note-taking method employing an outline format (with Roman numerals for main headings and letters for subheadings, etc.) and generating review questions on the notes for review. Went in detail over an example chapter in his textbook, dividing up the text into structured headings and subheadings for the notes. I explained how to take notes - mainly reading one paragraph at a time, pausing to define any bold terms, and deciding at the end how much detail to take in the notes depending on the context of the heading and the paragraph itself. He was very responsive to this method. We talked about other time management tips and keeping a weekly schedule. Next time we meet we will go over the notes he took."
"I spent the first hour with student 1. He is approaching the final tasks for his big American Invention project. After showing me his own invention and the commercial he made, both of which were very good, we wrote note cards for the presentation he will give sometime next week. We went through the accompanying paper he wrote and made bullet points for what he wanted to talk about. After we wrote the note cards, I had him stand and give a mock presentation for me. When he was done I talked a bit about eye contact, speaking slowly and enunciating his words, etc. The second hour with student 2 went well. She didn't have any homework so we did a writing exercise. While she was writing we focus on drawing out descriptive imagery and developing her personal voice by varying sentences. We did this with the aid of a picture flashcard game she had."
"This morning the student began the curriculum for American History. Using the textbook and lesson notes he completed Unit 1. Grades for 7 quizzes were all 100% and the Unit Review assessment score was 98%. The student enjoyed the Social Studies topics and quickly grasped ideas found in the textbook. He also had some prior knowledge of the content which supported his understanding. A few quizzes were taken twice, after our review. I recommended that the student read the next 4 chapters on his own, and work on the questions during the weekend."
"We reviewed geometry--how to find the area and perimeters of quadrilaterals and triangles. We also reviewed how to find the area of trapezoids."
"Reviewed assignments that the student had struggled with at school. Discussed theme and corrected the four questions he had gotten wrong and discussed why they were wrong. Reviewed another assignment and made connections with poetry, stanzas, and repetition. Then reviewed coordinating contractions and subordinating contractions."