Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"He has continued to turn in all his assignments on time. I sent him text messages several days this week to remind him to check his assignments. During this lesson, we discussed study strategies for Algebra. He is due to start a new unit on Monday, so the timing was perfect, and he brought his Algebra textbook with him. Upon looking at the text, I noticed that it had several useful features: clear, distinct graphs, markers in the margin called "useful hints"ù, critical thinking questions, a chapter 1-6 cumulative review etc. I suggested to him that he look through the first section of the new chapter (the first section = 7 pages), look at the highlighted terms first, then look at the useful hints and critical thinking questions before he reads through it. Reviewing this highlighted content before reading the chapter should enable him to ask himself some useful questions; questions that may anticipate his teacher's questions on homework and on the unit test. The next unit will be on quadratic functions, so I suggested he also pay particular attention to the graphs and how the patterns can shift or be moved on the coordinate plane. I told him that I believe both the preview and active questioning techniques make comprehension of any subject easier and more enjoyable. Next, we discussed his marketing project, in which he is making a presentation based on a hypothetical business he and a partner are transplanting to the U.S. He explained the project to me, and he assured me that the project is mostly finished. I sent him a text the night before the lesson, asking him to bring his algebra textbook and any other materials he wanted to work on. Next, we discussed his history thesis on the westward expansion movement. For this thesis, he must select three groups that were impacted by the expansion and discuss if the effect on each group was indicative of or contradictory to "American ideals"ù such as: equality, the right to the pursuit of happiness, etc. He showed me a graphic organizer for his thesis project that his teacher had given him. He clearly selected the three groups for his essay and even began describing an effect of expansion on a particular group. He told me that the thesis will predominantly focus on how the effect on each of the three groups contradicted the standard of American idealism, with the exception of the railroad owners: they were possibly treated poorly if a particular competitor was ensured an unfair advantage over others, but the general monetary success of the group was unfair to the people whose lands were repurposed by the railroad company. His thesis is in the drafting stages. He assured me he would let me know if he needed any help with the research or editing for this project."
"Solid session. Worked through one of the more recent problem sets for class. Planning to meet again on Tuesday."
"We reviewed the basics of game theory, including the elements of a game, various solution concepts and the relationships among them."