Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I went over his current grades subject by subject. He is doing well and he has a consistent, practical attitude towards getting his school work done. Having scored a 90% on the Language Arts test we studied for last week, we have good confidence at this point. We went over math concepts for a quiz tomorrow, taking the time to examine Power Points his teacher posted online and do the corresponding activities. Next, we read chapters 7 and 8 from the assigned novel in his Language Arts class. I stopped his reading every so often to get him to think about the content at a high level."
"We completed the 40 word GIST for two chapters, added pictures to her foldable, and selected a poem for her to memorize."
"We started with Student 1 today, and he first completed his math worksheet for the day. We then worked on his Crazy Circuit project, but since he needs to build a project and answer some questions online about it, we were not able to complete it. He has drawn a diagram of what he will do and need. We then dug out some homework to turn in, including a study guide over the earth and weathering as well as a centers sheet for math. Student 2 worked on a centers sheet for math as well, and we studied spelling words."
"The student and I discussed his research paper. He wrote his rough draft and his teacher made comments. Mine were a little more critical. We went over all of the changes that needed to be made and I sent him a paper of mine that I wrote while in graduate school. He is going to send me his paper by Monday. We are going to meet again twice next week to get this paper done for the Thursday turn in."
"Today, I tried to introduce a couple new study skills into the student's repertoire. The first was using flashcards. She said she has used them before, but only a little bit. I taught her how she can use flashcards for all of her school subjects, and we started making some cards for her upcoming English test. The other study skill we went over was how to parse out information from a text and make it into a diagram. We did this with her science lessons, where she was learning both the nitrogen and carbon cycles. Though I know that she understands the material that we cover and the study skills we use together, I worry that she does not understand how she can use these study skills on her own. So for the future, I want to find a way to not only convey these methods to her, but to help her adapt them into her day-to-day studying routine."
"The student and I went over her flashcards for Science on the digestive system in preparation for her exam on Friday. Then we prepared for her English exam on Julius Caesar. She said she had read and highlighted in the book while following along with in-class readings, but she said she didn't understand what the book was about or who the characters were. We decided to re-read the entire book, using the modern day English translations, and pause every few paragraphs to make sure she understood what was happening. She also wrote down a summary and character list for every scene that we read. We decided in the future it might be best to re-read the assigned chapters that they read in class just to make sure she understands what she was reading, rather than waiting until the day before an exam."
"We checked his folder for papers and filed/emptied parts of his binder that were no longer needed. The student handed in everything that we had worked on and he has no missing assignments. I have encouraged him to seek extra credit opportunities in Science and English to bring up his grade. We completed an acrostic poem project about the Aztec Empire, read a section of his social studies book and then answered questions in an organizer on the information. It was a productive session and we are seeing growth in some areas especially when it comes to turning in assignments."
"The student had homework in American History to complete so we focused on that first. Her assignment was very interesting: She had to write a letter to a loved one as if she were a soldier from the Civil War era, fighting one of four infamous battles of her choosing, and she had to use some of the Civil War slang she was provided. After completing this assignment, since she had no additional homework, we went over her current study strategies and organization. The student seems to have good strategies in place. Having found her planner again and utilizing it is a huge plus! She is a very bright young lady with limitless potential, and she was a joy to work with!"
"The student and I discussed her scores on a recent quiz and test in her Math class. We spent some time revisiting her test taking strategies and discussing the methods she can use to calm her nerves and slow down her thinking so that she makes fewer mistakes while still finishing the test in the allotted time. We also discussed the upcoming assignments in her English class and set a schedule for how she will manage to complete all of her homework over the weekend."
"The student first filled out his daily assignment sheet for Friday. We then started on math. We covered polygon identification, adding circumferences, finding side lengths, and adding and subtracting decimals. The student's other currently assigned homework is not due on Monday, but he started on it today anyway. He has a roots packet and a biological illustration packet. He started by deciding what living thing he was going to draw, and finally settled on an axolotl. Before I left, we came up with a mantra that he will repeat, and try to incorporate into his everyday thoughts; "I will turn everything in on time"."
"Today, the student took a Math exam covering the topics that we reviewed during our last session (solving systems of equations and inequalities). He did extremely well on this exam. Afterwards, we covered new topics in Math, such as writing numbers in scientific notation, and multiplying/dividing these numbers. He did not seem to have any difficulty with the new concepts covered today. He also completed a few homework assignments for Math and completed an additional Math quiz. Since today was focused completely on Math, I will be having another session with him tomorrow in order to cover other subjects in addition to Math."
"Today the student and I met to talk about his interim class. He seems to very on top of his schedule and his homework for the class. I asked him about his level of preparation for next quarter's classes and it seems that he has all the books and materials necessary. He appears to be in a good place to move forward with the year."