Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed for his English test and civics exam. For the test tomorrow, he will need to be able to label critical points in the narrative development of "The Outsiders." He was very comfortable with this material, and he recited each part of the story from what his teacher had explained. He will also have to provide subjective analyses of "daily reading practice" passages which entail underlining key ideas and defining basic vocabulary as they appear in the passage. Finally, he will also have to know all the vocabulary words from units 1-5, which we studied through flashcards. He was also very confident with his knowledge of the vocabulary. After asking him if he was comfortable with the English material, we began the second half of the session with his civics worksheet. Today we gathered information on the study guide for him to study it for his exam on Tuesday. I helped him find the information for his packet, and tomorrow we will gather the rest of the information and study it all in detail."
"Last night, the student and I went through his current English binder and organized it according to his teacher's rubric. We included dividers with tabs that are clearly labeled. The teacher will be collecting his binder this Friday for a grade. His teacher grades his binder twice a quarter, and thus far has refused his due to disorganization. After organizing his binder, we worked on pre-reading activities for a book. We discussed Table of Contents. We compared the novel to a textbook and discussed pictures, captions, subheadings, index, and glossary. He read aloud the first page of the novel to check for reading fluency. I read aloud the rest of the chapter and asked oral comprehension questions to check for understanding. He was asked to summarize what was read. He was also asked to predict what might happen. I asked him clarifying questions, to which he responded correctly. Before Wednesday's session, he was given an assignment to read Chapter Two and write a "found poem" using only words that he finds in this chapter. We discussed what a found poem means and how to write an effective poem."
"The student has her history and math exams tomorrow. She felt very confident about math and did not think she needed to spend our time reviewing. I advised her to do some problems from each section of the math review just to refresh her memory of the concepts. In history, she had a better grasp of the material of Units 3 and 4 than she did of 1 and 2. She said that she spent a lot of the day reviewing history, so that may have contributed to her readiness. I quizzed her on all aspects of the review sheet and she was, for the most part, confident in her answers. One part of the test will be filling in a map of Africa with archaeological finds. She got a blank map of Africa, and we went over how she could chunk together sights into groups of 3 and 4 and remember those acronyms in order to study. If she did a little review after I left, I think she would be in great shape for the exams today."
"For our session today we worked on math. As a warm up the student and I practiced her addition math facts. I felt she was more comfortable with the addition facts. As we came across bigger numbers I briefly reminded her and asked her to use the strategies we were using in our last session (making 10 and using doubles). Using the place value chart we reviewed writing numbers up to the thousands place four different ways: standard form, expanded form, written form, and draw your number using cubes. She needs a lot of practice skip counting by 3's, 4's, 6's, 7's, 8's, and 9's as she will be using this in multiplication which will be later introduced in the year. She did very well, I felt she put forth a lot of effort and was excited. I left the addition facts and the place value chart for her to be practicing during the week. We will begin multiplication facts for our next session."
"The student reviewed her spelling words by taking a practice quiz and verbally using them in sentences. We then played a math game using array cards as our card deck. She needed to read the array and state the multiplication fact being used."
"Today we started with putting the spelling words in alphabetical order. The student finished this homework really quickly compared to other days, which I am happy about. Next, we worked on pages 117 and 118 from his math book. He did these pages easily. Finally, we worked on his Thanksgiving project. We finished the drawings and some of the coloring. All that was left was for him to finish coloring."