Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We practiced conjunctions, gerunds, infinitives, and past/ present tense using her homework assignments. She recently received a 38/50 on a English test. She is struggling with writing sentences and the use of past and present tense. I did not leave her with any extra practice - I just told her she needs to read as much English as possible to get used to the use of tenses. Now that I know where she is struggling, future sessions will be more problem focused."
"I have shifted more focus on language arts, along with math with both students. I am focusing on vocabulary right now, focusing on definitions, pronunciations, stresses, etc. In the meantime, I am giving drills and refocusing on past mathematical topics to see if they still remember the material; I do this every session anyway. I will be giving a 'checkpoint' test prior to Christmas break."
"The student's assignment for English class was to write a poem, specifically a Shakespearean sonnet. He had written a draft which I reviewed. The poem had several issues: it did not conform to sonnet parameters; the ideas in each stanza did not relate to one another; and there was no overall theme uniting the poem. We worked on the poem line by line and he drafted three stanzas. I left him with instructions about completing the sonnet by drafting the final two lines (couplet), and I encouraged him to review the poem to ensure it felt "right" and to make any changes he felt were necessary."
"The student completed his forty-first tutoring session aimed at improving his overall academic performance. During the session, he and the tutor focused on completing his science homework and preparing him for an upcoming quiz. First, the tutor assisted him with a science assignment pertaining to rocks and minerals. Specifically, the worksheet required him to answer a number of questions regarding Missouri rocks by using his notes and doing online research. Next, the tutor quizzed him over the list of vocabulary words (e.g., mineral, fracture, sedimentary rock) his science teacher had provided him with. The tutor thoroughly reviewed the material with him until he was able to correctly identify each term when given the definition. Overall, he performed well, which suggests that he is prepared for his upcoming science quiz. As homework, he was asked to review the material at least one more time prior to taking the exam."
"The student continued to work on basic math skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We worked on addition of unlike fractions and exponents. In reading, he read a nonfiction article and answered multiple choice and short answer questions. We are still working on returning to the text to help answer questions. He has one extended response question for homework."
"The student continued to work on her summer book reports, and I continued to help her whittle down her responses in order to be succinct and clear. Because her mom would like us to work on certain skills that she didn't score as high on in her school quarter report (only receiving average marks), I am beginning a compare and contrast activity with her to begin working on one of these skills. "