Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on geography and literature this evening. Her geography homework involved creating a vocabulary list of all the major diseases currently threatening Africa. We talked about how these diseases spread and what about Africa makes the continent a hotbed for plague and pestilence. With regards to literature, she began work on answering questions about Dickens' "Christmas Carol" (abridged play format). I am pleased to say she adeptly answered several questions that asked her to analyze characters' motivations and desires not explicitly stated in the text."
"We reviewed sections 2 and 3 of Chapter 5 for the student's Geography test tomorrow. I reinforced the sections reviewed yesterday as well. He did not have notes for the first section, so we took notes as a good review and helpful study guide. Overall, the student knew a lot about the United States, but there were several vocabulary words he struggled with remembering. He was instructed to continue reviewing for the test using his notes and the textbook, and to focus on the key vocabulary words I listed for him. I also looked at several quizzes he took for his English class during the first trimester. I noticed he did very well on the Content Multiple Choice questions, but he needs more practice with expressing his ideas through writing."
"We focused on triangle geometry, quadrilaterals, angles, lines, area, perimeter, circles, and the applications of the aforementioned. He struggled with some of it, but as soon as I explained it to him he seemed to genuinely understand it. He should be able to become proficient with regular work and study. He paid attention, worked hard, and had a pretty good attitude, even though he told me that he thinks math is boring."
"In today's lesson with the student, we mostly reviewed American history from 1800-1820. I synthesized the history of the Jefferson, Madison and Monroe administrations and asked him comprehension check questions. I also had him read from the U.S. history book and answer multiple choice questions. We also reviewed the Bill of Rights. The last 20 minutes or so we reviewed literature terms and I explained the transcendentalist movement."
"We went over a WWII essay she was writing for a contest for college money. She seems like she has a strong start, and she appears to have very good writing skills. I gave her a few pointers for expansion"
"This was our first meeting. We put off the math until the end, since the student is not actually in algebra at the moment. We moved right along into an English assignment on a Langston Hughes short story and into a History exercise about American industrialization. She was very focused and efficient, and this left time for a little math. I just wanted her to tell me what bugged her about the math, and it turns out it's the abstractness of using letters instead of numbers. I got to learn a lot about her this session, so it went really well I think."