Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student got a little silly today sometimes, but overall he was focused. We've been focusing on writing because he hasn't had math homework to work on, and we can use the math book to review, but it's focused on 4th grade math."
"The student got ahead on his upcoming social studies/ELA assignments with great student practices - he brought class materials, notes, and essential questions to complete his upcoming Colonial era work on Henry Patrick and the debate over fighting for independence from Great Britain. A joy to expand our horizons and connect to prose and argumentative writing! "
"The student had a decent session this week. We started slowly but were able to make some progress and do some writing. He had several books and a game from school, a sheet with writing prompts. We decided to read a short chapter from one of the books, and then roll the dice for the game to choose from one of the six prompts: Author's Purpose, What's Important, Questioning, Visualize, Fix-Up Strategies, Story Elements. Once we got into the rhythm, he focused fairly well and was agreeable to writing as instructed. We will likely try the same practice next time to keep the writing up."
"The student had a fantastic week preparing for his biology test. On Monday, we completed the first half of his study guide and worked hard on developing studying strategies to set him up for success. By Wednesday, he had brought along all of his vocabulary note cards, worksheets, and study guide. We completed the study guide and reviewed all of his flashcards multiple times. The student truly impressed me with how well he knew the material, and I could tell when things were really "clicking" and not just memorized. He still needed some extra work on the more recent sections, but I made this very clear to him, and he seemed to understand. More than anything, he was equally as intent on scoring highly on the test, which is great to see! That kind of enthusiasm is what makes for good grades. I would like to see him carry that attitude into all of his other classes, and ultimately into all of his assignments and tests. I am excited to see how he does on the test tomorrow!"
"The student had a pair of short 300-350 word essays due in about a month that were assigned by her high school English teacher, to be used in college applications and for a grade. There were eight prompts, and a requirement of two to be chosen. For our first session the student and I focused on identifying the prompts, connecting them with personal instances and possible answers, and then generally outlining those ideas. Afterward we narrowed down the focus to the essay questions that she felt she would most excel at, as well as identifying potential avenues of argument she could use, given the minimal word count she is expected to work with. The next session will focus on the specific wording of each of the arguments, with a specific eye to remaining within the target area in terms of word count."
"The student had a poetry assignment for English class, and I helped him figure out how to write it. I gave him clues and recommendations to guide him, without writing the poem for him. He has creativity in him that he has not yet harnessed. Additionally, I helped him review his math test, namely linear graphs and polygon problems. He understood most of this well already and did not require major guidance. I taught him the distance formula."