Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did very well on his midterms. His parents are very optimistic about this new semester. He has only one new course, Ancient World History. We read over the syllabus and while the coursework will be challenging, with proper preparation it shouldn't be difficult. We began the session by quickly reviewing last semester's goals and successes, as well as struggles. We worked on a thesis statement regarding a recent short story he read, and than studied for his vocab test. I encouraged him to use online dictionaries to help him understand the definitions and to write creative sentences using the words. For the final ten minutes, I had him do a writing exercise where I wrote the first line of a story and had him make up the rest. He wrote well and quickly. This will be a good jumping off point to develop his language ability. I feel very optimistic about this year."
"The student spent most of this session reviewing his geometry assignment that doubled as a good refresher before his exam next week. We also talked about several of his history chapters and made notecards. The student also ran through a few sets of science notecards in practice for studying them further next week."
"Today, we worked on organizing the student's portfolio for nursing class, including editing the resume and binder materials, and planned for college entrance exam studying."
"The student and I worked on math this session. We started with geometry. We talked about quadrilaterals, and she drew examples of quadrilaterals, labeled them, and defined them. After talking about geometry, we worked on math facts and equivalent fractions. I started to introduce adding fractions, but she seemed hesitant, so we will wait a bit longer to start that. She is continuing fables and folk tales in class, so we watched The Lion and the Mouse and discussed the similarities between other fables and the moral of the story."
"We continued to get the student caught up on his homework. He had more work on the lattice method for multiplying multi-digit numbers. The student and I discussed strengths and weaknesses - how he is very good at multiplication, but that one of his weaknesses is with grids and how he has to know to double check his work when it comes to anything with a grid. We also completed a worksheet. It included a lot of reading comprehension and critical thinking, drawing conclusions. Lastly, he started to finish his personal book. He rewrote his "About the Author" sect. and continued to transfer information from his rough draft."
"In our written work, we paid special attention to spelling and capitalization, and to constructing outstanding sentences. I am looking forward to seeing his homework next week!"