Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is a polite, smart young man. He was agreeable, and took survey on learning styles I asked him to take, and fully participated with me when I interviewed him about school subjects and after-school activities. I suggested that index card method; after first 2 index cards, he seemed to be rolling with it. I asked him to commit to 1-2 weeks using what I showed him. He agreed. I spoke with his mother about letting him have say in what materials he needs, as he is of the age where choice and power over choice will help motivate him. I hope to see him again, as he was polite and thorough."
"The student has quite a few things going on already this semester. Together we reviewed her math worksheet and worked on her language arts root fruit. She is aware of her ongoing science fair requirements as well as her social studies upcoming assignments."
"Today, the student and I reviewed her math homework and then transitioned into English, which focused on assignments about The Giver. She is very good at math but will sometimes overlook simple but important parts of a question, such as negative vs. positive, addition vs. multiplication. It's going to be important to stress to her to take her time, think through each problem, and be careful of simple but crucial mistakes. Today Maya was having trouble writing a sample outline for a paper on The Giver. Specifically, she was having trouble writing a thesis and a conclusion statement. She had solid arguments to support her ideas, but needs work on creating a solid thesis and conclusion statement. This will be important to work on and improve in the future."
"I first reviewed techniques in writing, as the student has an essay due in several weeks. I discussed the 4 types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory) with him and then how to properly used compound and complex sentences. Then we reviewed the 5 steps to good writing: pre-write, draft, revision, proofread and publish. We practiced writing compound and complex sentences (I did 6-he did 6) and finally we started with step one on the essay project: the pre-write. This part took close to 45 minutes, and he dictated while I took the pre-write notes for him. At the end, we settled on a play: he would write a rough draft this week, email it to me by Friday, I would look it over and make some revisions (but leave the majority to him), and then discuss the entire draft next Monday. At that session we will work to make the first stages of revision."
"The mother specified that I work solely with Student 1 today. We introduced outlining as a study skill. Additionally, we began working on note taking techniques. We also worked heavily on constructing a workable thesis statement, using an outline format which included major and subcategory components."
"Tonight the student and I continued our work on Spanish and US History. We started by going through his grades as well as his progress with each one of his classes. He is behind in Spanish, so we have been focusing on the very basic fundamentals of verbs and conjugations, etc. He is starting to understand the concepts which need to be focused on when learning a new language and seems more enthusiastic with every step we take forward. Next we continued our discussion of the Constitution by focusing more on the checks and balances between branches of government as well as the election system. We finished by reviewing important concepts we covered and will meet again next Monday."