Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student continued reading in the assigned book; he completed chapter 6. For math today we discussed shapes, number of sides, vertices, radii, diameter, dividing shapes into smaller/equal pieces, finished one math workbook. For writing the student wrote a paragraph about his predictions of what would happen next in the assigned book. He completed two pages in his Spell and Write workbook. We also practiced his spelling words. He completed weeks 3 and 4 in his phonics workbooks. He practiced understanding different consonants that begin/end words. (Listening to the word being said and then writing down the letter it ends/begins with.) For science we studied Week 1 in his workbook which covered understanding things that grow. In his reading informational text workbook he completed pages 10-19 which focused on understanding different facts about the sun."
"The student and I mixed things up a bit and went over some counting and coin worksheets. He definitely likes variety and I think we can begin to mix other skills in with his reading and writing practice."
"The student and I worked through his math homework reviewing the concepts to ensure he understood what was being asked of him. After that we glided into his reading and had a lovely reading session with "Nate the Great and the Monster Cookies", a chapter book with quite a few new words to tackle. He's getting great at recognizing words and I'm happily surprised when he sails through a word that I thought he might have trouble with."
"The majority of our time today was spent getting a sense of where the student stood (grade-wise and with his teachers) in each class. We looked at his grades in each class. We figured out where he needed to focus the most effort (Spanish and geometry), and we talked about generalized study or organization habits that might improve his standing in each individual class. I left him with a basic schedule for what to work on each day (workload dependent), and we decided we would spend our next session preparing for his retake of a Spanish quiz."
"We did periodic table quiz practice. We also completed assignment 8 and the quiz review for the test on Friday. The student discovered that metals have less than 4 valence electrons and can lose them easily and that non-metals have more than 4 valance electrons and can gain them easily. He is almost ready for his test."
"The student and I started our session by talking about some themes in his biology homework, which was based on a few chapters on ecosystems and food chains, and the transfer of energy through organisms. We discussed the role of decomposers in ecosystems, and the concept of biomass. We moved on to work on his English reading together, and talked about the motivations and weaknesses of the characters in his current book. We finished up by doing some more preparatory work for his ongoing history paper, and talked about the available resources and the practice of quote-pulling for outline formation. He seems increasingly, and encouragingly interested in the history topic that he is assigned (Greek and Roman slavery)."