Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Final meeting with the student before finals week. Confirmed finals schedule and had him develop a study plan to tackle all of his coursework over the extended weekend. He has said he likes the note-taking strategies we implemented and the study guide creation strategies for studying for his last tests before finals week hits."
"Today the student and I tentatively scheduled the rest of our tutoring sessions and we discussed our goals for continuing. We briefly reviewed the homework I had assigned from the last session and what we had covered, and then moved on to an overview of the critical reading question types we had not covered last time and the writing section. For each question type, I first introduced some tips on question-answering strategies, then we worked through a few questions together. She said she feels more comfortable with writing than reading, but that she needs help with grammar rules. We will focus on learning vocabulary (using a 250 most common words list from an online source) and getting used to the format of the test questions. I assigned her homework of doing practice questions and learning the vocab list, and we will meet again Sunday, 1/15."
"This was the first session so I got to know the client and learn about her interests. I then administered an informal pre-test to assess her knowledge and fluency with multiplication. We played a multiplication facts game. At the end of the session, we reviewed facts and strategies to increase automaticity."
"Went over probability and did 25 or so practice problems. Gave tips on how to look at the questions flipped around. Probability of something happening vs something not happening. Quizzed on Latin vocab for 30 minutes."
"Read the book with concept check questions. Some care needs to be taken when reading words; practice sounding out difficult words. Math: Practiced adding through games. Learned about greater than > and less than < symbols. Practiced drawing them & comparing two numbers. Did a few exercises in her book."
"First the student took a spelling quiz with the same words he practiced this morning and last week with another tutor. The misspelled words were: "evaporate", "orphan", "questions", "batteries". He wrote down each misspelled word three times. Later, he practiced spelling the words from the 3rd grade sight list. He wrote each misspelled word three times and also wrote it in a sentence."
"The student and I discussed her third exam. We corrected any mistakes that were made on the exam and talked about how to avoid these mistakes in the future. We finished the session with factoring polynomials."
"We practiced timing on the science portion and the reading portion. She needs to do some more practice to get it down pat, but she can do it. We talked about strategies for timing, strategies for studying further, and strategies for staying calm. "
"While reviewing verb conjugations and noun declensions, we spent a lot of time translating Cicero and, in particular, looking for strategies for deciphering long convoluted Latin sentences. We also reviewed some vocabulary and grammar for an upcoming test."
"The student and I reviewed addition/subtraction and ways to make 10s easily. We also reviewed reading charts which was quite easy for her. At the end of the session we furthered her skills by playing an addition/subtraction card game."
"This session The student and I started by going over the linear games that she worked on by herself. She did a great job on both games, and got almost all of the questions correct. I refreshed her memory on some of the techniques we had discussed that might have made the games go a little smoother for her. One thing we focused on is making sure that she doesn't accidentally fill in games with hypothetical solutions when she is trying to pick out an answer - she could confuse herself and pick the wrong answer. We moved on to advanced linear games, doing a set-up drill and then some games themselves. The student seems to be doing much better at games overall, and is more comfortable with them. We closed by going over the basics of grouping games, conditionality, and how these games differ from linear games. The student took some notes, and I gave her a couple grouping games to try on her own that we will review together."
"We discussed and composed a short speech the student plans to present to some colleagues. This gave us the chance to discuss different ways of translating ideas and provided an opportunity for him to practice his pronunciation."