Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had some writing homework for Comm Arts and we worked on completing that. We went over her already finished math homework. We practiced using a protractor to measure angles and made some minor corrections."
"We prepared the student for some upcoming tests that she this week. For science, we added information to her study guide using the book and notes, then I quizzed her on it. We also went over how to make a box-and-whisker plot for math. She was able to do problems independently by the end."
"This session, the student worked on his spelling list and we went over his Social Studies Warm Ups. He didn't have any Math, Reading or Science HW. Since we had a little extra time left, I had him take a survey of his interests and strengths to give us a better idea of how he processes information."
"We covered economic vocabulary and fractions. The student struggled with keeping the terms straight. The student showed marked improvement in his memory for and ability to compute fractions."
"The student listened to and read aloud from chapters in the social studies textbook for semester 2, corresponding to Unit 8 The Great Depression. He finished Lessons 1 - 4, scoring 100% on all quizzes. In desperation, nations in Europe had embraced absolute rulers and totalitarianism. In the USA, people blamed Hoover for widespread poverty, closed banks and unemployment. Indeed, he and other leaders did not know how to save the nation. Lesson 1 Young Franklin taught about a young man who would become president and turn things around -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The student listened intently to the chapter and recalled that Roosevelt had everything he could want as a child, and was taught to be a compassionate gentleman. He was very active and lively until he became crippled with polio. Lesson 2 A Woman of Courage described the life of FDR's wife, Eleanor. She had an unhappy childhood, yet grew up to be a caring, smart, capable woman who served as her husband's adviser since he was in a wheelchair. She traveled the nation to witness problems firsthand, wrote books and helped women, children, and minorities. Lesson 3 Polio and Politics presented the transition that occurred in FDR when he contracted polio. He was already a well-known political figure, but not very "serious." That changed when he became ill, making him more focused and "presidential." Eleanor did not let his illness detract from his desire to be president. He won a landslide election as a Democrat, having convinced the American people of a "New Deal" that would bring prosperity. Lesson 4 A Powerful President told of FDR's reforms, including the end of child labor; regulation of businesses by the government; insurance of bank deposits; aid for poor people, and; public works projects that put people back to work making parks, bridges, dams, electric grids, etc. The student enjoyed learning about FDR and thought the New Deal ideas were brilliant. Several subsequent lessons entail writing an essay about any of the people learned about in Semester 1. He is in the process of researching and taking notes for the essay. He scored 100% on the Unit assessment of 10 questions, showing excellent recall and understanding."
"The student and I covered the concept of areas vs perimeters of shapes. Then we moved on to her spelling homework and were able to complete the assignment for the week. Lastly, we covered English grammar concepts such as the difference between adverbs and adjectives, as well as the more subtle differences between articles. We were able to complete many problems from her class-assigned site."