Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we read from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Snowed In," then the student answered five layered questions about what was read. Afterwards, I asked her to write me a paragraph about her spring break---what she was looking forward to doing, what she was excited to not have to do this week, and whether she would miss anyone from school while on her break. The student wrote four quality sentences. Lastly, she completed 18 math problems that I created for her, consisting of six addition problems, six subtraction problems, and six multiplication problems."
"Today, we covered thinking maps and sentence structure. The student's attitude is great, he's a very smart boy and eager to continue learning. He retains information remarkably. I left him with extra practice to study. Thursday we will work on expanding his descriptive vocabulary."
"We covered telling time and understanding addition and subtraction. We covered spelling and punctuation. We read aloud and summarized what we read. We wrote some sentences as well. We mostly went over her homework and school reading."
"For our first history session, the student and I used her study guides and textbook material as well as outside knowledge to discuss the practice and implications of the Mongol empire. We particularly focused on the reign of Genghis Khan, and the tactics that made him so successful. We also covered Mongol law, negotiation strategies, general conduct and culture, and Genghis' descendants (particularly, Ogedai and Kublai). We finished the session by discussing and outlining a brief essay that compared the Mongol empire with the Pax Romana. She is going to complete a first draft of the essay, based on the outline that she drew up, for our next session."
"We covered concepts regarding how to factor polynomials using the FOIL method, roots, and the quadratic formula, and he completed his homework. Some of the polynomials required certain techniques, such as grouping and taking common factors, before they could be factored."
"We discussed the rough draft for the student's research paper today. He had a peer edit done at school, but the students who worked on it didn't make many corrections. After he made the revisions we discussed, the paper was three and a half pages. The final draft needs to be at least four pages, so he will need to add to it after we finish editing. We will discuss information to incorporate at our next session tomorrow afternoon."