Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"1. Reviewed a worksheet on punctuation that I had supplied to the student for practice. 2. Showed the student how to revise an essay that he was assigned in his class and reviewed some of the basic steps of essay organization 3. Reviewed a class worksheet on Boyle's law and concluded with a brief review of significant figures in Chemistry calculations. Overall, he seemed to grasp the topics covered and was eager to cultivate the knowledge that he gained through the tutoring session."
"We first went over the practice sections that the student did in English and Reading. We talked about strategies to correct next time and went over a more specific review of English rules. We also talked about the Science section (which details to focus on, how to approach the different kinds of passages) and the Essay (what traits the graders always look for, how to expand on details and examples, and brainstorming a sample prompt)."
"First, we reviewed some of the student's school work. Then we selected a book from the library, which he read aloud to me. After reading, we focused on spelling and handwriting. He used the white board to spell the words as I read them to him. We grouped the words he was having trouble with by vowel sounds in order to see how they were similar and different."
"The student had begun to review material from earlier in the semester in her math class. During our session we worked on simplifying polynomials. She did a really great job simplifying the polynomials up until there were fractions within a fraction. We did all of these types of problems together. The first few I showed her how to do then I helped her with the next few by asking her pointed questions as she did the work herself. I feel that she did much better with the concepts this time around than when the material was new to her."
"Today the student and I reviewed the second essay she prepared in order to practice her written skills for the test she has to take in Spanish. She did an amazing job and as before, I helped her identify small errors and places where a higher level of vocabulary could be used. I brought a book on an artist that student is interested in studying; we looked at the paintings and discussed what influenced the artist. From there, we reviewed the future tense in Spanish."
"As a usual ice breaker, the student told me in Spanish how her Spanish class was going in school, what was new, what was difficult, and where were the weaknesses. We worked on Preterite and Imperfect tenses. She has seen them in class but she was a little bit confused about the proper uses of both tenses. After that we focused on informal conversation responses. She is doing good, she understands most of the conversation, and she follows up with correct responses. We have to work on proper colloquial expressions, varied context topics, formal and informal situation and provide accurate and relevant questions or answers. It is always a pleasure to work with her. She has sharp questions, she pays a lot of attention, and she learns really fast new concepts."
"We went over corrections for her Engineering lab. We walked through what she needed to change and the problems that had come up in her calculations. Then we made her tables again and calculated the errors together."
"For the vocab we went through some flash cards he has. We began by going card by card and saying the definition, if he couldn't recall the definition we set the card aside and moved on. We went back through the deck of missed cards and looked at used each one in a sentence then reshuffled them back in. We kept drawing cards until he wasn't missing definitions."
"We first reviewed all the homework from our previous session in particular the math problems but also reviewing our vocabulary and reading sections, making sure that we were able to find the right answer not merely by eliminating the wrong choices but defining all the other additional words, as they could easily be on the test. We then went through a math section in the book and began a reading assignment (I assigned the paragraph sections as homework) where we continued to dissect the vocabulary and incorporate into everyday usage. Lastly we went over some vocabulary flashcards, which we will continue to recycle back into the pile as we gain more words in order to expand the student's range of words. I assigned a homework assignment of finding a classic book to read."
"We discussed his new project on The Lightning Thief. He has some good ideas. We finished a worksheet on adverbs to review for his quiz, and then discussed newspaper articles. He wrote one for his history assignment."
"The student worked mostly on chemistry today. She has a test on Wednesday, so we reviewed covalent and ionic bonding, chemical equations, chemical and physical changes etc. We spent the last part of the session reviewing vocabulary for World Cultures."
"In this session I began by going over the student's homework and answering his questions regarding the grammar rules for masculine and feminine nouns and adjectives. We reviewed the rules and practiced applying them. For vocabulary, we looked at cognates in the context of advertising. I introduced the concept of formal and informal use of "usted" versus "tu" usage. I introduced the verbs "ser" and "estar", and we practiced conjugating them as well as determining appropriate usage. For homework, he will do several written exercises using "ser" and "estar"."