Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was our first session, and I completed an abbreviated needs analysis. We got to know each other, and we are going to have a lot of fun! The student is advanced in both math and writing, and we reviewed some basic concepts, including explicit grammar concepts and sentence structure. For homework, she is going to write an essay, complete a sentence correction worksheet, and review basic formulas for area in geometry."
"Today was mostly an evaluation session for the student and I. I reviewed what types of books he has read, and his ability to critically discuss them. We also went over several different types of vocabulary study techniques to assess which ones he was familiar with. Additionally, we reviewed parts of speech and sentence structure to gauge what level of grammar he has mastered. He is an exceptionally smart child. A holistic approach to the English language will definitely improve his overall test scores."
"The student and I went over the memo he wrote about First Amendment Rights in schools. He did a great job using the cases to address the issues in the fact pattern. We talked about the challenges he may face with law school writing assignments this year. We also discussed scraping just below the surface vs. delving into the details of the cases. I've seen great progress in his grammar and writing in our six sessions. He is in a good position to begin law school in two weeks!"
"We reviewed the student's work on a short essay for Human geography. I tried to focus on organization."
"The student and I started the session by reviewing the posts her classmates had made regarding the unit's discussion question. There were three articles available for students to critique, so I went over the abstracts of the two she didn't choose for her discussion post. Then I helped her respond to three of her peers' posts, which led us to a review of research design and sampling methods. That is the last assignment for the research methods class. The student is hoping to apply to a graduate psychology program so we also worked on her statement of purpose today. Her father had given her some suggestions. We reviewed those, then went over the requirements her university of choice provided. I asked her a number of prompting questions, and we used her answers to construct an outline. The student plans to work on a draft that we will review on Friday."
"We reviewed the lesson he had yesterday. They went over Algebra, Geometry, and grammar. Then we moved on to connecting the geometry we learned (special triangles) to lessons the student has already had (sin, cos, tan), as well as looking at how all the types of problems could be combined in bigger problems. We spent about half an hour working on vocab. I went over a few basic strategies on what he can do if he doesn't know the right answer: checking the word type, checking prefixes and suffixes, eliminating wrong answers, and making a guess based on the connotation of the word (positive, negative, or neutral). We also focused on writing essays and short answers. First, we compared a successful essay to a good film plot (a twist can be effective, you need to care about the character), then we worked on imagining structures that would be effective for communicating different topics. We worked in college application essay strategy a bit, and he was interested in picking up tips."