Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Our session began with the student's mom showing me the student's graded work that was returned by her teacher; she's continuing to get great feedback and very good grades! We read from Diary of a Wimpy Kid for 18 minutes. Afterwards, I asked her to write me a 4-6 sentence paragraph, summarizing what she'd just read. I made her keep trying and encouraged her to refer back to the book to trigger her memory. She eventually managed to write one sentence about something she'd read, but this is definitely an area that we will continue to work in, as a progression from simply answering questions about what was read. She then completed a two-sided subtraction worksheet. Then lastly, for the few tasks/ items that she'd answered incorrectly or failed to answer at all on her returned assignments, we reviewed those problems and answered them correctly."
"The student has a very quick mind for math. We did his math packet while I was there, and I think learning time management and the completion of tasks will be a goal for me in tutoring him."
"We began today with a listing exercise, where the student picked the categories and we both wrote our answers to his questions. Then, after doing the student's reading (phonics/vocabulary) homework and working with him on an assigned writing exercise, we dove into the big math worksheets that his teacher assigned as HW. We got through two full iterations of the worksheet, discussing writing numbers as words, numbers in expanded form, numbers as money, skip counting, counting on the number line, and the fact triangle. He seemed to have a grip on these concepts by the end of the session, but I'll return to this next week to reinforce the concept. We finished by reviewing some principles of two-digit addition (including carrying/borrowing), and then finished by having him write out a list of instructions for how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich."
"The student and I met late Sunday afternoon. This session covered mostly History, as he has a test coming up on Friday. I prepared a lot of study material on Jamestown, John Smith, and how the early settlers tried to start the colonies. He found this helpful. I quizzed him on the material twice, and we will have another review of this during the next session. We reviewed some more Economics problems, and he did well. I think he is really starting to understand the basics of Economics and that to answer specific questions he must understand moral hazard, consumption, law of demand, and other topics. He has an Economics test on Thursday, so we will be focusing on this during our next few sessions as well. We also spent about 30 minutes on accounting, and I asked him about 25 key terms. He got 22 correct, which is very good."
"The students worked on Math and Reading. For Math, they worked on addition and subtraction fluency. Then, they worked on number sense and place value. For Reading, they worked on reading comprehension, reading fluency, and retelling. They also worked on verb tenses."
"The student and I took a tour of the software and discussed what typical sessions look like. We completed several biology and algebra 2 questions. She correctly answered 7/10 bio questions, and 6/10 algebra 2 questions. At the end of the session, she rated it an 8 out of 10 compared to her other learning environments. We also scheduled our recurring weekly meetings. Great job!"