Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the session working on the student's essays. For the first essay we went over the rubric and found that she was missing key information that the teacher wanted. Additionally, because there was not any information about required length, I encouraged her to talk to her teacher tomorrow at school to clarify the required length. Her essay is currently one page double spaced, however I told the student that I was concerned that her teacher might be looking for more detail. If she the teacher suggests 2+ pages I encouraged her to put more detail in the plot and character description. The second essay we worked on was for a speech about a quote by Sophocles. I had her read her speech out loud to me and we worked through areas that didn't sound right. Then we edited it on paper."
"The student and I reviewed mean, median, and mode and angles (triangles, lines, circles, etc.). We focused on analogies, and she is really picking up on the relationships between the words in the analogies. We finished up with some reading comprehension practice."
"The student and I focused most of our time in today's session on review of the work we have done in the past, and discussions on how she can continue studying even without me. We went over new places in which she could get vocabulary words, what types of books are the best to practice for reading comprehension with, and the importance of paying attention in math class to her test score. In addition, we went over the homework I had given her previously. She had done relatively well on the Reading Comprehension section, and has improved from the last time we decreased her time limit. Soon, she will be able to decrease her time allotment even more. We also went over her math questions, where she seems to be doing a good job on discerning which questions will be easiest for her to answer, an important skill if she is to do well on the math test."
"Before this session the student completed Practice Test #5, so we went through her answers and scored her test. She had a little trouble working through the essay, so we discussed again how to plan out and write the prompt for that practice test. We focused on the writing section of the test but we also worked through the passages parts of the reading section. For next time (which is tomorrow morning, the last day before she takes the test), she is going to work through as much of the next practice test as she can, and write an essay for me to look over for her."
"We split our time mostly between Math and Science. We're working through counting forwards by groups and being able to count backwards from 20-0. From our practice games and exercises I've determined we'll need more practice in writing numerals and words, and with word problems, so I plan to push those areas in our subsequent meetings. We also conducted a few buoyancy experiments, learning about what is more or less dense than water and what other properties are needed to float. We tested kitchen items such as honey, oil and vinegar to determine density and built several small boats in the kitchen sink to see what properties offered optimal buoyancy. We recorded observations and made predictions before each step and we even discussed our conclusions (I ask what she learned from our experiment that she didn't know before)."
"We began with the discussion of a piece of writing that the student had written previously, and focused mostly on the correction of verb tense, word choice and use of prepositions. We then worked on expanding his knowledge of verbs plus prepositions."