Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met with the parent and student for the first session. We discussed the student's 504 and strategies that have already been attempted. He has not been using strategies he has been taught and I will work with him so he can find strategies he is comfortable using in class. He is also bundled for upcoming testing and this is excellent. If other accommodations can be made in his 504 I will make those suggestions. He is also being tested for ADD outside the school system. I agreed with the parent that this is a good idea since most Dyslexic students have another issue. If ADD is diagnosed then other accommodations can be recommended for his 504."
"Today, the student and looked over her writing assignment and then continued working on developing ideas. We did some outlining worksheets that helped her to identify the main idea and details of a passage."
"The student and I started with the English and Reading sections of the test. He has never taken the ACT before, so we wanted to get an idea of areas he needed to work on, as well as get the timing down so that he knew how it felt to get the sections done in a set amount of time. We covered a couple of general English and grammar rules that should help his score if he applies them, and talked about an approach to the Reading section."
"Today the student worked on her homework which included mathematics. The worksheet included skip counting by 6-9. I showed her how to add the numbers to find the solution. Afterwards, we played the card game with addition. She is getting better with adding without her fingers. She did a great job today."
"The student wrote the best essay I have seen him write thus far. He is still finishing the essays with 10 minutes left to go, so I am encouraging him to make his essays longer and more detailed. We worked through a section on math word problems and a section on reading comprehension. He also did a "speed" vocabulary section and only missed two!"
"The student has a chemistry test tomorrow, so together we completed his review worksheet. I then created a few practice test problems for him to complete and for us to go over. Afterwards, we covered the key topics and I reviewed the most important facts that I thought he should know regarding electron configuration and the periodic table. At the end of our session, we went over his math notes together. He is currently learning about analyzing angles and arcs."
"For today's session the student finished an English section, a reading section, and some of a math section. He scored a 29 on the English section, somewhat lower than he had gotten previously. Part of this was a result of simply having an off test; there were, however, several misses that could be classified as mental errors, where he certainly should have gotten the correct answer. We talked about underlining "NOT" questions and watching for questions where several of the answers are very similar. His reading section, on the other hand, was much improved, earning a score of 34. We started discussing math for the first time this session, going over strategies such as picking good test numbers for dealing with problems that are giving him difficulty. The other tutor indicated that she wanted some more sessions before the ACT test in February, so I assigned the student an English section, a reading section, and a math section."
"The student and I started off by reviewing her vocabulary words from the previous sessions and adding in 5 new words. After that, we looked more closely at word problems on the SSAT math section. I taught her how to set up ratio/proportion, distance, and interest problems and had her practice them. We also went over a brief overview of the essay and practiced a prompt by outlining her thoughts."
"The student and I finished up her homework assignments and continued on to complete some ahead of time. We were able to work on simplifying fractions and dividing fractions as well as more factoring of polynomials."
"Today we covered basic negation. We drilled what it does to the syntax of sentences, especially interrogative and composite past and future constructions. We also covered several common adverbs that are used in the negation of sentences and drilled their nuanced semantic differences as well."
"We covered some strategies towards thesis development and went over some editing and redrafting of his introduction for history class. We then covered friction for his physics class, including concepts behind static/dynamic nature, direct proportionality and reliance on mass and surface."
"The student and I covered the remainder of Chapter 6, and part of the review. The assessment over Chapter 6 is the Power Point presentation about his life as a young child. Based upon the script of the presentation we prepared and translated, the student turned in the script as one of his grades. He and his parents will do the Power Point itself this weekend. I offered to review it if they desired. The presentation is next Wednesday, 4/30. No other grades have been recorded since last week."