Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a good day. We worked on his homework assignments from school, where he had to figure out the top five horses and their respective jockeys in a race. In addition, he had to write about what he experienced in a competitive event in his life. He wrote about competing in the Cub Scout's Derby, where he built a car with his dad and finished second overall. We also reviewed some previous English tests, and he got 10 out of 12 correct, and showed good focus. It was our best tutoring session so far."
"We finished going over the questions on the diagnostic test she took yesterday. We reviewed all the concepts more in depth so that she develops a better understanding of them. We practiced some new Geometry problems also."
"Student provided worksheets to practice probability, odds, combinations, and graphing variations. Student is making real progress with these concepts and is genuinely becoming comfortable with the material. I reinforced notation processes to translate English into math and introduced answer assessment to work backwards from the answers if she is stumped. I recommended the student take a full-length test this weekend to practice techniques for bubbling and question order."
"We did practice test questions for the Social Studies portion of the assessment test and reviewed probability in Math."
"During today's session, we prepared for the 6th grade language arts test, focusing on the short answer questions and the essays. She is solid, she just needs to take her writing one step further to really do well on the test."
"Today, we worked on finishing up the practice test the student started last Friday. We made it through the rest of the problems with no issues. We continue to review geometry, especially complex geometry problems with multiple steps, and we'll work on geometry in our next session until he feels especially comfortable with it."
"The student and I worked on (1) sample exam seventh grade science questions and (2) seventh grade reading comprehension questions from multiple online sources. So far, she has demonstrated strength with science questions, particularly questions that require reasoning or data/chart interpretation. As for reading, the vast majority of the questions were a breeze for her. The student's mom told me that she has now ordered the appropriate books for exam prep, so we will see how she tackles the reading items in those publications. I did notice that she would benefit from an emphasis on grammar, mechanics, and other language-arts skills. Accordingly, the next session will see more focus on that. I believe we'll be seeing much more progress once we have the books that were ordered."
"We covered math today. She requires thorough explanation and reinforcement. Nevertheless, she is a pleasure to work with and with enough explanation, she picks up the concepts."
"The student did an excellent job in practicing for reading. I taught her some test-taking strategies. I will be checking to see if she utilizes these strategies next week."
"The student did more test prep. She is reluctant to actually apply the test taking strategies, which is what she needs in order to be successful. Initially, she completed one of the drills with no success, but after directed to repeat the drill she did much better when she had to justify why answer choices were either correct or incorrect."
"We reviewed what he will see on the LA section of the test. He did very well on all questions except those that used the possessive s, so we spent some time reviewing the rules for that and I gave him some extra practice problems."
"This student and I met for the first time today. Having come into the middle of her tutoring, I had to get my bearings and figure out where she was and where she needed to be. She will be taking the state assessment this week, so she wanted to finish up her math to get her prepared for the test. We finished up the chapter in her math book and looked at the final test. I asked her what she felt most uncomfortable with in the math that would be covered, and she said fractions. We looked at the relevant questions in the "Final Test" section of her book. After she did a few problems, it was clear that she was adding a few steps to her multiplication and division of fractions that belonged in addition and subtraction. I clarified that for her and let her know that it's not as difficult as she wants to make it. She seems to work best when someone introduces concepts or corrections gradually, usually step-by-step. After realizing this, I went over multiplication, division, and mixed numbers individually after each set of problems, instead of throwing at all at her at once. I tried to conform to how her previous tutor set up their time so that we can make a smooth transition. I will probably tweak how we will work, but I'll do it gradually. After math, we moved on to science. After science, we moved on to reading. These sections are similar because they split their questions between multiple choice and written. She does well on multiple choice, but she sometimes struggles on the written questions. When she struggles, her answers are either only slightly off or they are vague. I let her know how she could improve these and how she should try to imagine what the article, story, or poem is saying. I think she understood."