Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"As this was our first session, Nicole and I began by speaking briefly about her experience with the placement exam. She said she'd taken some practice exams and that math was her weakest area on the test, so we began to work through the math section of her study guide. She was relatively familiar with most of the math vocabulary, and I asked her to make flashcards for those terms that were unfamiliar to her. I did notice that she tended to make simple errors due to her desire to rush through problems, and I asked her to write out all of her steps, even the simple ones. The first sub-concept that seemed to give her trouble was adding and subtracting negative numbers, so we drew number lines and did quite a few practice problems, and eventually she was able to work through a ten question quiz generator we found online without making any mistakes. I spent the final fifteen minutes of our session speaking with her father, and we discussed how future sessions would run. I did ask the student to complete the practice exam contained within the book some time this week as a means of determining her abilities prior to tutoring. Overall, I felt this initial session went brilliantly."
"I facilitated the student completing the Math lower level diagnostic. We went over loads of material pertaining to math. I am working with her on the things she already has some understanding of like multiplication and division. I was given the 4th grade assessment book from last year. It gave me an ok understanding of where she is mathematically at least."
"Today we spent most of our time on the essay. Her essay was very good and she is a gifted writer. However she has a tendency to rush through things. While she is often smart enough to get away with this often we need to make sure this doesn't come back to hurt her. This is especially pertinent on the essay where a) her handwriting needs to be legible, and b) one can't simply go back and hand write additional sentences the way one can do on a computer. On the thirty minute practice essay we did tonight, she finished it in 23. Her planning/outline was done by 1.5 minutes, her intro paragraph done by 2.5 minutes, first body paragraph by 7.25 minutes, second body paragraph by 11.5 minutes, last body paragraph by 17 minutes, conclusion by 19 minutes, and all of her editing and rereading done by 23. The goal is to try and force her to spread some of this out a little. While it was a well written essay (incredibly well written in terms of content, grammar, and diction), she did have to change one or two structural things mid-writing. We focused on organization and getting a bit more done structurally and using the allotted time. While I had no critiques about what was in her essay, there is no reason not to add evidence and use the full time to one's advantage."