Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed Chapter 39 through lecture and Q&A. The student said she wasn't too confident with this chapter, but seemed to understand it as we progressed. Her mom tells me she has improved significantly in class! The big test is approaching, and I know she will keep up the great work!"
"Today we went over the assessment from last week and I have the student some tips on writing style, especially thesis statements. We then spent the rest of the time going over the long essay response question for this week. We discussed an outline it in good detail in order to show how good organization in thinking can lead to much easier essay writing. Next week I will go over what she wrote."
"Today we went over the last of his notes on this unit on the New Deal and WWII. It was difficult to go over these notes because he didn't have his binder and so the notes we had were blank, making it hard for me to know what to emphasize according to his teacher for his test. After this we did a new activity for review where I gave him terms with no definitions and he had to separate them into different buckets labeled "social," "political," "economic," and "miscellaneous," under a time limit. He seemed to enjoy the game so I think I'll use it again since it gives him a better way to connect with the material in a more tangible, physical sense and allows me to think of questions on the spot according to things he picks out of buckets."
"We worked on reading fluency, reading comprehension, and spelling. On each day, the student read a passage from the workbook. In total, he reads the passage 3 times, and I read it once. While he reads it the first time, I underline words that he struggles pronouncing. Then, I have him spell and read each of those words three times each. After reviewing those words, he then reads the story one last time and completes the comprehension questions. Then, we begin working on spelling. This week we focused on words with the short /o/ sound. Throughout the lesson, I also continue to emphasize the importance of beginning each sentence with a capital letter and ending each with a punctuation mark."
"Went into more depth on the relational algebra homework. Did a breakdown of how individual expressions contributed to the result. Touched base on the rust project that the student is working on for a previous assignment. We also talked about the current assignments that need to be tracked down and copied to me."
"Today, we covered more problems on completing the square, and then we moved on to general parabolic problems -- finding the vertex, intercepts, and standard equations. The student was diligent and quick to learn. This is the first time I left him with designated practice over the weekend, so we'll talk about that diagnostic test next time and go over questions that we need to."