Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This morning, he had his preview of the high school he will be attending in a couple of weeks. We spent the beginning of our session discussing what his impressions were, questions that he had, concerns about course loads, and future plans. It was a good discussion to see where he is mentally with the transition to high school. Next we delved back into the vocabulary that we have been working with all week. These were cumulative exercises where he had to complete sentences using one (or more) of the vocab words. He did very well with this, missing less than five of the thirty questions. On the questions that he missed, he could explain why he missed them and why another word would have been a better choice. Next we returned to the DBQ on the Dust Bowl. We reviewed the information from yesterday and addressed the last two documents. When that was complete, he wrote a thesis statement for a hypothetical essay. With some coaching, he developed a good thesis that would make an excellent essay. Lastly, we reviewed how to approach a reading assignment in the textbook. We talked about the THIEVES pre-reading strategy and how it is used to focus him on what he is going to be reading for the assignment. I brought my US History text, and we used the first section as a sample. We went through THIEVES and I had him take Cornell notes as a review. We also discussed how notes should not be in complete sentences and how he should adopt symbols for words. I gave him a few that I use and suggested that he come up with some more that make sense to him."
"The student and reviewed some organizational forms, and during our session I created two documents for her. The first is a running list of assignments with columns for Due Date, Class and Assignment. The goal is for her to attach a new sheet to her agenda every Sunday, and by having just the one form she can write down her assignments for each class in one place. I put boxes on the form for her to use to check off as she completes each one. The second form she chose and I adapted is a To Do List with two columns: URGENT - START TODAY!! and IMPORTANT - GET DONE SOON. This list is to help her prioritize assignments and stay on top of them until they're completed. In addition to creating these two forms we reviewed the last science topic we covered, mitosis, and the notes she took. Once finished we reviewed how to set up for notes, and I had her watch the mitosis segment of a video. We also reviewed Science Safety - the first topic of 7th grade science. She did a superb job of recalling, in great detail, a long list of what students need to do to stay safe while doing science labs. I will be forwarding the two forms to her mom so they have the masters to print out weekly."
"We discussed his major problem when it comes to studying--procrastination. Focusing on time management seemed the best first step. We created a Google calendar, first inputting in his class schedule, then adding breakfast, workouts, lunch, free time, library time, and light review in the evening. I noted the benefits of keeping his studies to earlier in the day so that in the evening he can rest after his light review, allowing his mind to have some "space" to integrate all that he learned in the day, particularly since he has a very heavy load. He's to review the calendar this week and make any changes. I also suggested that he make note of his assignments using the Note function on his iPhone. I suggested that since he'll be leaving for college before he uses all of his tutoring hours, that we use that time to Skype and make any adjustments to his schedule after he's actually had time to implement it. I will be sending him an academic paper on rhetorical reading skills and mind-mapping for next week."
"We finished the math workbook today! That was our primary focus, and it did involve some more complex math concepts that are really more "intro to 3rd grade" than "review of 2nd grade" (including more fractions, and some basic multiplication/ division buried in word problems) - but we finished the book! We then spent the final 15 minutes of the session drilling basic addition and subtraction, in the rapid-fire style the student responds well to (rolling a ball back and forth on each question and answer)."
"The student and I have been working on spelling based simply on sounds. We're playing games revolving around him hearing words and then spelling them out. He's doing great; he just needs to continue stretching words out in order to hear the consonants."
"I retested the student on some spelling words that she got wrong. They are challenging, but I asked her to review them again in order to get them all right when I see her again. I asked her to write the 11 spelling words in sentences and she did a great job. We did timed math exercises and they were harder than she normally was used to, but she had great execution."