Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on two outlines for two of her three in-class essays. She wanted to wait on the third one until in-class, where she would be given more quotes. We picked the two quotes/themes from what the teacher gave her that most interested her. The rest did not, and so she chose to wait. We had selected a number of other supporting quotes, so I think she will be prepared for the in-class essay. Also, she got very into writing her outlines because they were topics that excited her, so if she is able to find a quote on the test that interests her, she'll be fine. "
"The student really struggled on last quiz with areas, perimeters, and midpoints. Reviewed formulas with him and found that he was struggling to remember which formula was necessary for a certain calculation. We did multiple practice problems to ensure that he grasped applications of the formulas. He still needs work on areas of irregular shapes, as he has trouble using reasoning to find the area that he needs. Finally went over the next week's homework. Chapter 2 seems to be easier for him than Chapter 1, since this is all logic and reasoning based, versus formula based."
"Today with the student we worked on outlining his second paper, which was also a rhetorical analysis. He created a detailed outline and used a series of questions from his teacher and a rubric. We then made a checklist of things to avoid in his second paper to make it better than the first he wrote."
"The student and I used phonics and other "spelling rules" to complete letters "A-J" of our "mug shot" activity. The student and I used the "Alphabet Sound" poem to complete another puzzle activity on sentence structure. His assignment is to write the letters "K-T" (on a prepared card stock paper that I left with his father) and draw/cut out pictures of objects that begin with the corresponding letters. On Monday, we plan to write the objects' names in the spaces provided."
"During this session, I introduced the student to the foundational critical reading strategies. I showed her how to read for the main idea, rather than the small details. I also explained that she should keep a kind of road map in her head of where each paragraph fits into the passage as a whole, so that it is easy to go back and reference. I also showed her how to work on analogies, by determining the relationship for the first analogy and anticipating an answer for the second."
"I just had a Chinese lesson with the student. It was great; I really enjoy having lessons with him. He is so smart, and he loves to learn Chinese. I can tell he has improved a lot since now he is able to speak a lot in Chinese. I am so glad to see that happen, and I am sure he will be great in Chinese."