Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I spent the time editing the student's bibliography so that it is APA compliant. There were a few errors, missing data, etc. I was able to fix most of it and had to pass a few things back to the student for a final attempt at compliance. He and I will discuss APA bibliographies so that he can learn how to do this. I also recommended he purchase an APA manual."
"Today the student and I spent the session going over a rough draft of his History essay and working on the changes suggested by his teacher. This essay has been a long work-in-progress for the student, and despite a few bumps in the road, I think one benefit of this exercise is that he is learning more about the process of doing a research paper in general, as well as his own unique process of writing and editing. I've asked the student to make the changes and additions we reviewed today, and to send me his essay in advance of our meeting tomorrow evening. My hope is that tomorrow's session can be spent editing and shaping his final draft."
"We began the session by going over long division in anticipation of the student taking the assessment. That was the area she felt she needed the most help with in regards to the test. She forgot to bring down the next digit from time to time so we worked through a few problems and I stressed marking up the page so that she doesn't lose track of what step she's on. We then moved on to working on her History Fair project. We edited her short biography and thesis statement. We then brainstormed additional sections for her website based on the fair's standards and a few example websites. I asked her to prepare 5 bullet points regarding her subject's accomplishments and a paragraph regarding his activism so that we could incorporate it into her site during tomorrow's session."
"The student did a reading comprehension story. We worked on synonyms and antonyms, using past participles, and prepositions of time and prepositions of place."
"Today we began by reviewing the student's homework from the weekend. We read a nonfiction passage about women athletes to practice responding to reading selections. She answered all of the reading comprehension questions and we discussed the reading with some encouragement. We played a Pictionary spelling game to review past vocabulary. We also did a review of how to spell different forms of irregular plural nouns (i.e. cherry becomes cherries, fox becomes foxes, child becomes children) and reviewed when to use a, an, the, or some. For next time I asked her to write her vocabulary from the reading into sentences and keep a "diary" for Monday and Tuesday. For math she reviewed complex multiplication and division. She is doing a great job showing each step of her work for the math problems. She suggested for homework making a colorful multiplication table for reference, which I thought was a great idea. I also gave her math problems from her book to practice."
"We reviewed the first draft of the student's paper, identifying her thesis and how the body related to the thesis and whether any additional information was needed to strengthen support for her thesis and if there were any alternative point of views that needed to be addressed."