Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I think the drill work is really helping with the more basic concepts that the student is missing. I'll continue to focus on interpreting the problems with her. She's gotten much better at this, so if she has the math skills to go with it I think she'll really improve."
"The student worked on some writing assignments for Boy Scouts. He had to define terms about Scuba for his scuba badge. Also he was working on his communications badge, which required him to write a speech. We completed the outline for the speech. He needs to finish writing it out."
"1. The student and I discussed Fiction, Non Fiction and Biographies. He wrote the definitions in his notebook and gave me examples. 2. He filled out a sequence chart to show me what had happened so far in the book I brought him. This helps with reading comprehension. 3. In the book, the teacher square dances, yodeling and yelling like a cowboy (eehh-ha!). I modeled these for him and asked him to try. He participated and was very engaged. He enjoyed these activities. 4. He has opened up and is very willing to read the book I brought him. I can tell his Mother has been working with him as well. I see a big improvement in his abilities. We both enjoyed our session today. I hope he continues to work this hard. 5. I asked him to read at least a chapter in his book."
"The student finished the practice test from Monday; The whole SAT is new for her, so we spent today going over the math section as a whole and seeing which areas gave her the most trouble. We decided that we'll focus on geometry questions, certain algebra rules (exponents), and setting up problems. Before we meet on Sunday, she is going to finish off a practice test, go over vocabulary flash cards, and do the practice problems for critical reading. "
"We introduced ourselves. The student took the PSAT and expressed difficulty with passage readings and the vocabulary aspect of sentence completions. She took a course for the PSAT. We spent the session going over the sentence completion section of the SAT manual. She did well on the practice problems and applied the methods we discussed: eliminating wrong answers, locating charged terms such as despite and but, and coming up with synonyms. Next week we will look at a portion of the math and the passage readings."
"We discussed greetings, starting with non-verbal. Then, we discussed the most common greeting questions (What is your name, how are you, how old are you, and what are you like?), and we went over possible responses. The student already knew some basic vocabulary, so we were able to use some of that. He seemed to enjoy the session and is interested in the topic. His "homework" was to find some more vocabulary words he would like to use to describe himself."