Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we spent most of our session focusing on building knowledge acquisition and study skills designed to help the student in her memorization-heavy science class. She reported that she had gotten a 73 on the last exam, but that that was likely in the high range of grades that she had heard about so far. For math, she felt confident working independently on the assignments due this week, and wanted to focus on science instead. They are working on their final unit - the human reproductive system. She had been given two diagrams with corresponding definitions, and she practiced highlighting key terms within definitions and then translating that condensed knowledge into flashcards. She had also been given a 5-page "starter" reading, on which she also practiced highlighting key info and translating that into written outline/note format. We then watched a video on the topic to practice using outside resources to consolidate new knowledge. We talked about the importance of her spending at least 30 minutes each day working in this new way in order to get through all of the material, which she will attempt this week. We will meet next week to review her progress."
"We did our usual routine and started with math. We began with what we ended with last week, and I could see much improvement in her understanding. She seems to have caught on to proportions now. As we went on, she did mess up a few proportions by putting the wrong number on top. If she trips up on the proportions it is because she pairs the four numbers wrongly (a/c = b/d instead of a/b = c/d). Overall, I'm very happy with the improvement she's made. Then we finished the rest of the selections in the reading book she has, and as usual, she excelled at these. Then we finished up with Science. As I've said before, we've moved back to her answering all the questions by herself, and she has improved quite a bit since we started. There are times when I need to explain some of the concepts because I don't think she quite understood them, but this is not often."
"With Student A, we worked on the writing process: selecting a topic; framing the topic using 5 senses and 6 W's; and dumping ideas/listing thoughts. He is to complete listing thoughts following the frame categories. With Student B, we covered general fractions assessment; decimal values/equivalents of fraction; division steps for converting fractions to decimals. I left her with a video (7 min) and worksheets on long division and converting fractions to decimals (sent via email)."