Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Last night the student and I worked on his study prep for his science test on Thursday. As usual he and I had a great session. He was very excited and so was I that he made an A on his last science test. He is a great kid and takes his education seriously. He really enjoys working with me and I enjoy working with him as well. He is always prepared."
"We began with a writing prompt about an invisibility potion. I instructed her to plan her ideas before composing her sentences, and afterward to read her writing aloud. She read with great fluency and feeling and her interpretation of the prompt was very insightful and creative. Next we worked on spelling. We began with a reading from a spelling rules book, in which the author explains how the vowel /i/ sound in English is different from the /i/ sound in romance languages because there are multiple ways to spell the /i/ sound. With this idea in mind, we moved onto homophones. She had to figure out the homophones for the words creak, stair, rap, and way, and then use the homophones in a sentence. We ended our session with the poem "Sick"ù by Shel Silverstein, which the student recited aloud first with feeling, and then again with feeling and motions. She was very spirited during our session and seemed to enjoy the exercises we worked on together. For extra practice, I gave her a packet with three short essays and reading comprehension questions, and told her to practice reciting "Sick"ù from memory so she could perform it for me the next session. As for wins, the student reads beautifully and with feeling, and was able to accurately rephrase the main ideas of the different reading materials we used."
"Today the student and I began his session with his math homework, which covered the concepts of division with mixed fractions. The student did well for the most part, but got a little confused when asked to create a representation of the problem. Once a problem was worked out for him, he caught on quickly and did not need much prompting. Another concept he struggled with at first was creating an equation for the word problem. He had worked out the answer very quickly in his head using a mental math trick taught to him by a friend using multiplication of the inverse. However, this trick made him want to multiply the fraction rather than divide as the problem required. Once explained, he quickly caught on. For the writing portion of his session, the student and I worked on revising a writing assignment he had done in class and had gotten low marks on. I started by going over the scoring rubric his teacher had used, first starting with his strengths and then moving onto his weaknesses. We then did mini-lessons on areas where his essay needed some work including lessons on capitalization rules, subjects and predicates, and using serial commas. After each mini lesson, the student went through his assignment and made corrections. I then put his writing in his tutoring folder so that we could continue our work next week. The student had a great attitude this week towards both math and writing so we got a lot accomplished. Overall, it was a great session."
"Today, we studied for the student's math and vocab tests. We ended up reviewing the entire chapter. The chapter covered analyzing data sets including: median, mode, range, mean, box-and-whiskers plots, and dot plots. She seems very comfortable with the material and was able to complete the practice test correctly by herself. We spent about 20-30 minutes reviewing the vocab for her test. She was comfortable with all but 2 of the words. We reviewed those words, and she took a practice test online. We went over the questions that she missed, and I am confident that she will do much better on this test. Quarterly report cards will come out next week."
"The student and I went over decimals again, but this time we did addition, subtraction, and multiplication of decimals. We also went over the tenths, hundredths, and thousandths places of decimals and how they correlate to fractions. He has been given three sheets of homework for our next session. It would be helpful if he could bring some of his cards or work from school to the sessions so that we can go over exactly what he is doing in class and help him master his cards."
"Today we played learning games, and after checking the student's progress for the past week, he has now mastered writing multiplication and division equations from word problems, identifying opposite and differentiating between positive and negative numbers, and writing multiplication expressions with exponents. We also talked about the remaining important events that he will include in his project due next week."