Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week we went over study skill techniques. Most of our discussion this week was on the need to be a self-advocate and how to self-motivate. Part of our discussion is how to get the most out of his time and how to use the time he has to work on reading effectively. I suggested that he begin to make a thought journal while reading, especially when he is reading. For next week, I am going to bring selected readings to help work with him in developing a thought journal."
"For the first session, I had the student take an 8th grade reading assessment. He performed decently well, missing an average of two questions per section (five sections in total). Afterwards, we talked through each set of questions and I asked him why he had chosen certain answers. He seemed to understand why he had gotten certain questions wrong and demonstrated an overall understanding of what strategies he should be using when confronted with a reading passage. He was polite and attentive, and said he would bring homework to our session next week."
"In this session, the student and I practiced the verbal reasoning tests we use weekly. He finished all but 2 of the 25 verbal reasoning test questions in just 15 minutes. Then, we reviewed the student's work with "The Count of Monte Cristo," discussing his annotations and insight into theme development. Finally, we read the last three pages of chapter 10 and took a reading quiz, which required the student extract details from the text that contribute to the larger conflict and resolution. The student demonstrated a much greater level of fluency with this text, recalling details about the story with greater speed and accuracy."
"The student and I had a great session! He spent the first few minutes of our session finishing up a writing assignment that he worked on during our last session. The assignment was about robots and how they'll shape our future - he did a great job! For this week, he and I worked on an essay on computers grading essays. We read articles together, made a pro/con list, and made an outline. The student wrote a wonderful essay!"
"I reviewed an essay that the student had to submit on Othello and some probability related questions. He is very intelligent but makes simple errors in his work. The overall attitude of the student towards his studies was good, however he seemed to lose his concentration after a while. I believe the student can excel in his studies if he puts his entire focus towards his studies."
"The student continued work on her concept paper for English. We reviewed the grading sheet and two additional documents of information (the three make up a rubric). For this revision, we took notes from the instructor (mainly to move away from five paragraph form) and built an outline with a list of requirements. I had the student break down all the elements of the essay on the outline to make sure they were covered. If they weren't, we marked them in the essay where they were missing. She will meet with her instructor on Wednesday to discuss the paper. The final draft is due at the beginning of next week."