Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we talked about all the different learning styles and took a quiz to uncover what his learning style is. The student is a visual, interpersonal, and musical learner. We used that to start talking about backwards planning and how to keep track of everything going on at school and at home. For homework, I had him start backwards planning based on the goals we set last week. No major concerns. He is keeping track of all his work so far, so that is a win."
"Student is making significant progress in her organization and study skills. She is actively using the Homework Tracker to keep herself and her parents informed about what remains to be done (for homework). Today, she and I worked on long-term goals for herself, including goals for junior year, senior year, and college preparation. We also practiced reading comprehension, using the SAT practice books. Between her efforts to improve her grades, creating an organization system for doing her homework/assignments, and interest in actively shaping her own future (and seeking information for how to do that), she is improving considerably. She is much more confident, and she is holding good grades in English."
"The student worked on his assessment test packet. We discussed specific strategies for working different types of problems to reduce any wasted time spent on overworking problems or reworking problems that were correctly done the first time. His confidence in his own ability to work all types of problems shows a great improvement already. He could explain what his thought processes were and why he chose to do problems one way instead of another way. These justifications intensify his belief that he can do this work, rapidly and correctly."
"Reviewed practice material left with student at last session. Student showed mastery on math skills previously taught. Student continued to struggle showing her work and justifying her answers. Tutor practiced new skills with student. Student struggled with evaluating expressions and simplifying equations. Tutor left practice work sheets to complete prior to next session."
"In this initial session we discussed overall expectations for tutoring. We completed one assignment for English Literature consisting of online grammar exercises. We also planned out his presentation for English, mapped out the contents and order of his presentation, and I showed him how to use the digital tool. In addition we reviewed some strategies for best managing his time with note taking for History. Lastly, we reviewed some general study skills and ways to organize his time in order to be more efficient with homework completion."
"We started with student A today, and since she had already finished her math at school we studied her 15 spelling words for this week. Student B had finished his math too by the time his portion of the session began, so he worked on science and social studies online assessments."
"Today, we discussed last week's study schedule and the results of last week's quiz in math and the student made some improvement. During this session we also spent time reviewing the topic of similar and congruent polygons. We discussed study and note taking skills when working on a new topic. He created new index cards and went over practice problems relating to similar and congruent polygons."
"We completed her math and science and planned out her one pager. She was struggling with time management but her content was knowledge was strong. She had a positive attitude. I suggested she type and print the quotes and explanations from her text for her one pager. No concerns. A big win was outlining her plans for the one pager. She was efficient in making notes throughout her reading."
"For his English assignment, the student wrote a series of journal entries through the perspective of the main character of John Green's novel, "Looking for Alaska." The student really has enjoyed reading the book this far, and all that was required of me was my assistance editing what he had written. I also helped him with a vocabulary assignment."
"We worked on her most recent paper and began planning out her next one. We talked a lot about making sure to prove your knowledge to the teacher, and the only way to do that is through clarity of writing. We hope to have her move on to her next classes shortly."
"This evening, the student and I worked through a Unit 2, Section 1 retest review for Biology. We went though this review item by item. Using his Biology textbook, I labeled every question with its corresponding page in the book so that he could go back with relative ease, spending his time on the essentials as per the review. We played a game involving diagrams of animal and plant cells to help him remember the parts and stages of cell division."
"Tonight the student completed her annotations for "Lord of the Flies." She also completed step 1 for her "math art" project which will be signed off by her teacher on Thursday. Lastly, she completed her physical science notes and homework."