Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was back in school this week, and was much more focused. She has improved to a reading level 10, and easily completed her level 10 book. She did not like the length of the book, but she had a strong grasp of the material."
"The student was a man on fire today! He has really turned a corner. He started reading on his own over the weekend--two chapters of "Captain Underpants." He couldn't wait to read more with me, and we could have read the full two hours. He also became self-directed in his learning. He volunteered that, now that we are in the seventh month of first grade, he will need to write seven sentences in his daily journal. In October, he could barely write one sentence. As we did a reading skills exercise on sequencing, he requested that we write the word "sequence" in tomorrow's word journal so that he can use it in his daily journal tomorrow. We finished the Singapore math unit on weight. He will take the "chapter test" tomorrow. We also did two timed minutes (one addition, one subtraction). He requested to be timed, to see how fast he was. We used this as the basis for learning graphing. I made a chart that will show how his times change as we move through the month of March. It was just delightful to see him turn the corner and catch onto the inherent value of learning!"
"The first student and I worked today on her reading and spelling. To start the day, we read a book. This book was one of seven I selected prior to our session starting, and it was rated at a first grade reading level. Not only did the student find little challenge with this book, she read it entirely, completing a 32-page book for the first time during our sessions. After finishing with her book, I gave her a worksheet a composed to fill in missing letters to her spelling words for the week. We had to talk through the words together before she completed the sheet. To help her feel more confident with the words, I suggested she write her words two times each again. To close the day, the student read one more book, and she found it to be a fun, exciting adventure. This Thursday, the second student and I reviewed mainly on her homework (reading-related) and supplementary math assignments. We spent our time revisiting fractions and decimals in a three-page packet of 30 questions I composed. The second student seemed to show some better understanding of why fractions with larger denominators were actually smaller parts of a greater whole."
"We worked through algebra problems to prepare for an upcoming test. She really seems to like math. A retake for the chemical equations was coming up, so we finished by reviewing the basics of how to balance the equation. I left the student with a few extra more difficult practice problems to prepare her for the retake, but she was able to do the more simple ones without needed to write out the equation, showing that she has a good base for balancing chemical equations."
"We're starting the semester off strong. For calculus, the student is understanding the concepts well, and his algebra skills are getting sharper -- the main cause for concern is how he executes under time pressure. The last few sessions haven't involved many timed, graded problems, so we are going to get back to that. With everything else, it's really just a question of him turning in his work. I've started having him set alarms for classes to make sure that he turns things in."
"When I arrived today, the student said she had gone through all of the history chapters the night before, and was finishing up her cheat sheet. I quizzed her, and she was able to respond at length to most of my questions, asking her to rehash events and their importance. Doing the homework that I gave her yesterday definitely worked to help her commit the material to memory. She is very comfortable with the essay portion, and expressed no doubts, but I made sure to reiterate to her different ways she can incorporate the outside source excerpts that will be on the exam. I have seen her writing samples on her homework, and she articulates herself well. I expect she will do very well on tomorrow's exam."