Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Good work! We started on a university application tonight. We brainstormed some good ideas about how the student approaches engineering with a utilitarian philosophy, which matched well to their educational emphasis. We focused on the story that inspired his interest in nanoscience as well as his realization of the connection between nature and science that lies at the heart of his pursuit of chemical engineering. We outlined the last section of the story and edited the first part he had written prior to meeting."
"We did a lot! We first focused on brainstorming for his film class. We went over possible topics, and also how to approach finding research sources. We then discussed his theology paper and came up with a rough outline to show his professor at his meeting. We then went over the rest of the classes, figured out when big assignments were due and made a study plan for the next week!"
"The student and I worked on his essay. We used his business center computers to research specifics regarding the economics and business programs. Through our research, we discovered that the college offers BA/MA in international finance five-year program as well as a BA/MBA five-year program option. We also worked on another prompt that asked him to talk about how he could contribute to the college's international student population."
"Today we reviewed for the student's test. We went though his review packet and looked at the questions he had. Then we read "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." What we worked on this time was sounding out the really big words. The student tends to see them and get scared because he doesn't know what they are, so I showed him how to chop them up so he's getting it. Since the student is enjoying the book, he is more inclined to try reading it before he decides to give up."
"We discussed "Chains," and touched on some points of misunderstanding. For the first time, the student seemed to really enjoy the book! She was also able to do some of her homework and we discussed how to formulate conclusions that summarize the paragraph."
"Today the student and I worked on his sentences. He wrote ten sentences using the vocabulary words that we have been focusing on recently. He is quick to create new words. When he occasionally loses focus, I try to guide him towards a brief activity that uses the same motor skills but relates to a different topic. Today, for instance, he wrote math equations, which allowed him to feel as if he were doing something different than the sentences, yet he was still practicing his writing. For the last ten minutes, we played a game with the underwater sea creature stickers where he must tell me the correct beginning letter in the name of each sea creature before he can place the sticker on the board. Overall, he was much more focused today than in some of the previous sessions, and he is working hard to remember to sound out all of the letters in a word, whether he is reading it or hearing it."