Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I collected data and compared it to his observations for his statistics project. We devised a plan to keep track of this information over the course of the next year so that he can have sufficient data to back his claims up."
"This lesson we started talking about note-taking skills. We began with the box and bullet method and practiced this with a variety of articles. The student was already familiar with this method, though sometimes he had problems making the main idea box concise enough. I left him with an article to read and take notes on."
"I helped the student prepare for a math quiz he will take tomorrow. I went over the 4 sections from his text book in detail. I also have him several examples of different problems. He was extremely comfortable with the material and simply needs to take his time on the problems."
"Today, the student and I mostly focused on note-taking strategies for lectures. I first read her an article about the seven wonders of the ancient world, and had her take notes like she normally would. After, I reworked her notes with her to make a more organized body, mostly using numbers and bullet points, and had her focus on taking in the important facts of the lecture rather than everything. I read the article again and had her redo her notes. After, I read a second passage on the seven wonders of the new world and had her take notes from scratch. Her notes were so much better organized the second time around! At the end of our session, we had time to go over the student's current science work. She is learning about the parts of the cell, so she drew a diagram, and I had her explain all the different parts of the cell to me."
"Student A: We worked on business, math, and biology and got a jump start on a biology writing assignment for Thursday. Student B: He got his March ACT scores back, so we looked at them to create a study schedule for the upcoming April ACT. He also wrote a practice essay which we went through together."
"We had a very productive session today. He needed to write the essay for his project, plus format and put the project together. We then moved on to studying for the World History test. Finally, we ran through the Math material."
"We kept to the pattern of homework, followed by questions about his other classes. Today's worksheet was more of the same kinds of multiplying fractions with whole numbers, but in increasing complexity. The student is proficient at this and I don't think we need to spend much more time on it. We agreed that he would do his math homework by himself, then come to the lesson with any questions or concerns about it. This way we can save time and really focus on test taking and organization skills. I have practice tests, sample questions and a few tricks and techniques on how to approach them that we will be working on next week. We ended the lesson by talking about his other classes, specifically science wherein we went over renewable/nonrenewable resources and the formation of coal."
"Looking over the student's assignment sheets, they appeared all filled out, and his mother verified that she had checked off everything. Wednesday's (today's) wasn't filled out yet, so as he filled it out, I checked on his other days. Once he had filled out his assignments, we started on his math worksheets. They covered finding the angle measurements of polygons of various sizes and writing an equation to find the angles of an n-sided polygon. Once he was done with math, we moved on to his roots quiz corrections."
"We laid out a schedule for a big term paper presentation the student needs to give in English class on June 3. He needs to read and watch the movie and discuss the themes and how the film medium enhances the theme. We also put together a study plan for his history text on WWII next Friday."
"This evening's focus was biology. Student has a taxonomy worksheet due on Thursday and a unit three examination. He and I worked through the taxonomy worksheet in its entirety covering topics such as the discipline of taxonomy, the Linnaean system of classification, binomial nomenclature, the levels of taxonomic classification, and their corresponding characteristics, cladistics, and dichotomous keys. The second half of this session was devoted to his unit three review sheet. Student had created flash cards for the review so we spent our time going over the materials, working on memorization techniques and tricks, and taking notes on the various topics (especially the trouble areas) to ensure that his time is spent on the essentials."
"Spent session today talking about progress from tips covered in last few sessions. Student is progressing well and happy with her growing knowledge. Today, I drilled her on concepts from flashcards we created. Spent time also showing new method of memorizing by categories, using flashcards laid out in a grid pattern. This eases visualization and allows comparing/contrasting similar points across different categories, which enhances memorization."
"I worked to assist the student with completing some math assignments she had missed. This will ensure that she receives credit for the assignments. Unfortunately, she did not complete all of the math assignments during this session. Nonetheless, prior to my ending the session, I reviewed with her the formulas so that she could complete the remainder on her own."