Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The first session seemed to go very well. The student was polite, cooperative, and friendly. I assigned "homework" for him to do: putting vocabulary words on index cards and going over the words. He also said that he had Spanish papers from other classes, and that he would look for them. We have yet to set up another tutoring session, but I look forward to working with him again."
"The student and I worked through her chapter on evolution. We made a plan for her to study for her world history final as well as to review the key terms in the chapter on evolution. Our plan for next Thursday is review for her final, focusing on biology, and reinforcing her continued reading and note taking for world history."
"During this session, the student and I worked on her managerial accounting homework. We were studying variances and inputting various data into an Excel spreadsheet. At first, we both had difficulty applying the problem to the worksheet until we realized she had the wrong problem up. Afterwards, I helped her understand the purpose behind each step she took in her calculations. By the end, she had a much stronger grasp of what she was calculating and why."
"The student and I worked on reviewing chapters 9-11. He did very well on the quizzes for 9 & 11 (100% each). There was a distinct difference in quality between the work that he does with me and the work he does on his own. I expect him to focus more when working on his own. He will read chapter 12 and write the summary before we meet again."
"The student and I met to review his math work. We started by going over a quiz that he did not do well on. I then showed him how to do some problems from his notes for that day in class. Finally, we reviewed physics problems involving projectile motion."
"Today we worked through some of the Western Civ. homework that the student was catching up on. In most cases, the student was able to find the answer that she needed in the textbook. Many times she was finding the answer on her own but wasn't confident that she had the answer. One factor that is contributing to her comprehension difficulties is a lack of vocabulary knowledge. The student needs to keep a running list of words that she encounters in her schoolwork that she is not familiar with, look them up in a dictionary, and practice using them. She would also benefit from targeted vocabulary practice."
"Reviewed muscle identification, origin, insertion, and action using note cards. Reviewed Anatomy and Physiology course objectives for the Nervous System. Reviewed difficult concepts from the day before from Bones and Muscle units."
"The student and I first reviewed his math homework together, making sure his understanding was solidly in place. Then we talked about his speech outline for class, particularly logical flow and clarity. He does very well."
"The student and I continued to go over using factoring, the quadratic formula, completing the square, and graphing to solve quadratics. He is doing well during the session, but still needs some help getting through at times."
"The student wanted extra practice on preterite verbs, especially the irregular ones. I prepared three practice "speed" quizzes. On each, she had two minutes to write the answers and she did very well. Then we practiced on the computer with exercises prepared by her teacher. Some were a mixture of regular and irregular preterites. Some were regular verbs. She wants more practice next time on verbs. Her teacher is emphasizing that over vocabulary right now."
"We spent some time working on thesis statements and brainstorming examples for the writing section. The student is a good writer and just needs to practice coming up with specific examples to support her point of view. We also practiced another reading passage using some of the strategies from our first session. We worked on a math section as well, and I had her rate the difficulty of each question and determine what she needed to know to answer the question. The student struggles with triangles and prime numbers, so these I gave her some online resources which may be useful. She is going to take 20 minutes or so to write up a sample essay based on one of the thesis statements and examples we brainstormed."
"Today we started with another conversation covering all that we'd learned. Then we focused on using "me gusta" with some new food vocab. After that, we played bingo and then moved outside to learn some environmental vocabulary!"