Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I was expecting to help the student with his English assignment, but he told me he would work on it with his teacher in class tomorrow. I instead helped him prepare for his civics test on the Civil War this Monday. I helped him find the answers to the study guide, and then I encouraged him to answer the questions in his own words. He seems to understand the key concepts very well. He still does struggle with providing well-explained responses as evidences by tonight's exercise. Finally, I told him to answer every question on the test with as much information as he can provide. I think he can do very well on this test if he keeps that in mind."
"The student and I worked on forming a thesis statement. He has an assignment due soon. He has decided to write on Samiya Bashir as a comparison to other poets. We reviewed how to write the thesis statement. I had the student write a sample one for me to review. He rewrote his statement. We also reviewed the rubric for the paper and set our own deadlines that work well with his teacher's."
"We started by discussing the goals we'd like to reach. The student has made the goal that he would like to make a minimum of a B in all his classes. Some of the strategies we discussed included ways to make sure he remembered all of his assignments, and remembered to turn them in. We decided on a weekly checklist and a specific place to keep assigned and completed homework, as well as a reward/punishment system if he doesn't follow through. He seems willing to follow the system, and I'm sure once he can get in the habit, he will be able to maintain the organization skills."
"We spent the session going over a paper for geometry. We spent half of the session gathering background information and research so that he could write his paper. I made sure he organized his research into the 3 main topics that he was assigned to explain in his paper. By the end of the session, he was able to complete his outline and write about half of his paper."
"We spent the session studying for the student's upcoming history test. He struggled the most with terms from chapter four, specifically terms related to powers of government. We used a flashcard memorization task that I taught him when we studied for his last history exam."
"We spent time discussing the issues surrounding the focus on Moore's law in microprocessor efficiency. We came up with a to-do list over the next two-week period, which is the period during which the student must conduct research for his research project, compose a proposal, and complete his precis for submission to his English teacher. We also tackled geometry proofs from the midterm review list. He completed seven of ten listed. His knowledge of and engagement with the material has improved by several orders of magnitude over the course of several weeks."