Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered an informative documentary on WWII and went through textbook information. There were no struggles for today. The student's attitude was very interested in the material."
"The student and I discussed a topic and research strategies for her paper. She also shared her grade for the first semester and noted that she went up one letter grade."
"The student and I had an immensely productive session today! We wrapped up a bunch of small assignments and finished a few partially-completed essays and it was nice to cross so many things off the to-do list. First she wrote a one-page essay on Literary Realism. Like last session, she took the lead in using her textbook and she came up with a structure and thesis for the essay and selected which realist authors to highlight. Next we moved on to an essay about Marx and class in the late 1800s. She and I had previously outlined the essay together and she had written about a page and a half on her own, but was stuck with how to tackle the rest of the essay. I complimented her on her strong thesis about how Marx's theory of precise class division never came to be, and together we added more details about the hierarchy of the working class. We also spent some time talking through how to write a strong conclusion. We used the idea of a strong conclusion to finalize another essay on the declining birth rate in the 19th century. She had again done a great job of fleshing out an essay we had outlined together. I suggested she add a slightly stronger thesis to her opening and with that in place we easily created a conclusion. Finally, she outlined a one-page essay on two Italian nationalists. I provided a broad historical summary and from there she really took the lead on this essay. She found all of the relevant details from her book and structured the essay while I provided a few insights and suggestions. Overall she has really matured as a student of history and it was great to have such a productive, thoughtful session."
"Because it was another Thursday prior to a test, today we only had the odd questions assigned. We went over scientific notation, proportions & scale factor, decimal -> percentage -> reduced fraction, and comparing the perimeter & area of a rectangle to those values for the same rectangle with a triangular portion removed."
"We covered so much material today! We worked on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions, mixed numbers, improper fractions, and subtraction with regrouping. We were on fraction ~> decimal ~> percent when we ran out of time. We'll continue to work on this in our next session."
"We played a series of bingo games for letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. The first student has improved a great deal in terms of letter recognition. She only missed 5 letters today. She knows all her colors and all her shapes, with the exception of the triangle. She knows how to count to 10, but still confuses 6 with 9, which is normal at her age. The second student participated in the numbers, shapes, and colors games, with help from his sister. We read "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom" again. Both students love to say "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" each time. We sang the ABC song, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," and "One Little, Two Little, Three Little Dinosaurs," which the students love. We ended the session with the Alphabet Letters Puzzle Activity. Overall, I am very pleased with their progress. Repetition and practice will help to insure that they retain the information they have learned."