Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I reviewed a draft of the student's personal statement before we met. We discussed some stylistic edits to the introduction and main paragraphs. We also discussed how to incorporate information about the individual schools that she is applying to. For next time, she is going to try to make the edits we discussed, begin a conclusion, and write paragraphs directed at particular schools. We are going to meet on Thursday at 1."
"The student listens so well to instructions. Today we worked on writing numbers, counting numbers of items on page, and circling groups of particular numbers - all in his "Star Wars" books. We had a "timed" activity for putting the ABCs cards in order on the floor. We worked on words that sound the same and have the same letters in them, and recognizing words that were different by using flashcards I made. (Cat, hat, mat, pat, etc.) We read a new book. I will be getting new books from the library this week and also looking into word/picture flashcards."
"Student 1 and I talked last Monday for 30 minutes and this evening for 30 minutes. We discussed his argumentative essay. He got me a new draft 35 minutes before our call. Our next steps are: 1) Student 2 will review Student 1's paper by Wednesday night; 2) Student 1 will work on revising his paper and ideally get it to Student 2 by Sunday so she can review it; and 3) we will have another call Monday. My hat's off to Student 1 for keeping his sanity while his bank workload seems to have doubled overnight!"
"The student discussed the play, "A Doll's House," which he is reading for AP English. We talked about how the play relates to "A Streetcar Named Desire," which we read this summer, and he found two examples of symbolism in the play. He will continue looking for symbols today and tomorrow, and we will resume our work on the play tomorrow evening."
"The student does not have computational problems with math, in terms of a+b=c, however, she often makes mistakes when she fails to show her work. I would discourage her from doing the math in her head. While that is a useful ability, she needs to hone her skills much more before relying on this method. Additionally, she needs to pay attention to instructions. If it does not say to use a particular method, she should not use it."
"The student executed a reading comprehension activity. He integrated all of the skills we covered from previous sessions. He did a great job of answering the questions about the passage about the Pied Piper. He was extremely engaged in the lesson. He has truly made a great amount of progress. It was a productive session."