Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first session with the student and things went very well. We spent a lot of time discussing how his classes are structured, how he likes to learn, and what we can do to help him. We started using a planner and discussing the various skills to help him stay on top of due dates for assignments and papers. He is a very bright student, but he is struggling to keep track of everything that needs to be done. We also went over writing to-do lists, planning in advance for big projects, and being proactive about his classwork. We sat down and looked over his grades and he will follow up with his teachers about any missing work that hasn't been entered into the system. He was great to work with and seemed like he was excited to get to work! We will spend some time each week with organization, focusing on various study skills and techniques to study for exams, and tutor him in subjects whenever necessary. The parents were great support for him as well! It was a great first session."
"Today was mostly dedicated to catching the student up on his math assignments. The assignments were on new math concepts, so I also helped him understand the topics being introduced (solving systems of equations). We completed all of the math assignments that are due this week. Now, all he has to do for the rest of the week is study for 2 exams and take them. He has no other assignments that he needs to complete, so nothing should be interfering with his studying. I also went over how he should be studying for his exams (looking over old quizzes, etc.). I left him with a detailed studying schedule, so he is all set for the remainder of this week. I can tell he is getting better with planning ahead with his assignments and studying."
"Today we discussed her last math test, focusing specifically on the 2-3 problems about which she felt unsure, and reconsidered her strategies for spacing out problems and organizing her work. She had not yet received her grade for this test, so we will revisit these topics when we have a better idea of how she did. We also reviewed some of the recent topics from her math class. Because she did well on these, I think it is safe for us to move on to the next topic on Thursday. We also discussed the upcoming History test and spent some time discussing how she will go about preparing for it. I asked her to start an outline in the Document editor, and we identified right away that this may be an area where she can reduce her studying time and make her review more productive. I suggested that she try listing key terms, dates, names, etc. and marking those for which she can readily provide definitions/explanations and those she cannot. We also discussed the idea that it would be more practical for her to review her notes and think about the broader picture or narrative that this unit covers (e.g. the rise of and institutions of the early Roman republic) rather than to recopy her notes into an outline."
"We managed to power through a lesson on various operations (division, subtraction) with an added lesson for him to study on dividing by numbers less than 1 but more than zero. In his state, this posed a problem for him, and we spent most of the duration of the lesson focusing on this category of problems. I left him with a web-page relevant to the subject to study, kept up with his reading, and looked over his agenda, which he used properly. "
"We mostly went over the student's thermodynamics homework. The student is a very smart guy, and his notes are very well organized. He understands that the class will only get tougher. As of right now, the homework is pretty straight forward. Besides thermodynamics, he expects statistics to also be a bit challenging."
"We organized the student's assignments and due dates for each class. We created a list of assignments that he did not submit that he will discuss with his professor to ask for extensions for at least partial credit. He is using the study skills that he learned last week and is happy with his progress."