Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the student's checkbook assignment. The assignment involved entering a series of payments and deposits in a checkbook in order to determine the final balance of an account. I checked the student's work separately afterwards and found that she had calculated the correct balance. We then moved on to science, where we researched a particular type of bacteria for her upcoming report on bad bacteria and pasteurization. We then reviewed facts on bacteria in order to prepare her for her upcoming test."
"We went over more problems out of a 3rd grade workbook, just to make sure the student really had his basics covered. We went over geometry and probability/statistics specifically. He seems to understand it, but I still assigned him some further homework."
"The student's mother ordered the assessment book, which is a great resource for the student. We went over the 2 assessments that may be coming up and reviewed the concepts in them. She did a great job."
"Student A completed counting exercises using colored objects to help him. He then wrote each corresponding number as he counted. Action steps include bringing new games each session to keep him engaged. Student B completed a review of vocabulary and brief overview of the diphthong "ow/ ou" vowel sound. Then she completed assignments for spelling words, math, and handwriting. In addition, she read for 20 minutes and played a short matching game. She is increasingly gaining confidence with using her reading strategies to sound out words that are unfamiliar. Action steps include having a game that she can look forward to after completing her homework - a game that will encourage her ability to decode unfamiliar words."
"The focus of this session was reading comprehension. To get the student ready for her upcoming standardized test, we worked on determining the main idea and supporting details in select leveled passages. After discussing the main idea, we went through and answered followed up questions that focused on a wide variety of areas including hyperboles, homophones, context clues, etc. We also discussed test-taking strategies that she could apply and use on the actual standardized reading test when she takes it in the future. All in all, she did very well with the concepts we studied. We will continue to review and build on these focus areas during our next session. I assigned some reading passages for her to practice until then."
"During the session, the student and I worked through a review of his homework, specifically looking at second-grade mathematics given to him by his teachers. We looked at a variety of math topics for second grade, like basic multiplication, picture graphs to represent information, measurement, and basic geometry. This homework included review of first grade concepts, like number value and placement and word problems involving basic operations. The student found all the advanced math quite difficult. He and his mother have stated that they are not receiving any new instruction regarding these concepts, and the student needed much help in understanding the topics. The plan is to continue exposing the student to second-grade content, using homework from school and my own materials."