Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over some of her homework subjects. She was able to complete her daily grammar worksheet and literature comprehension questions and sentences. We also reviewed a Social Studies sheet, and she started working on the drawing for that assignment. We also started studying for her map test that is on Friday."
"The student and I went over the midterm math test that she had received back, looking at what she had gotten wrong and why. We analyzed each problem and went over how to do it correctly. Looking at the problems and the reasons she had gotten things incorrect on the test, many of her mistakes were due to having a baseline understanding of the problems but not having practiced them enough to be able to catch common and easy to make mistakes. To me, it would seem that this means that she isn't necessarily not understanding the material but that she only has a very shallow understanding because she may not be giving herself enough time to practice and therefore may make mistakes on test day due to nervousness or just not having done enough problems to be able to identify areas where she commonly may make mistakes. We will continue to work on her thoroughly comprehending all material going forward."
"The student and I went over Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning." He had a long list of questions to consider and words to define as used in the book. The first question was about how Frankl understands existentialism. We basically came to the conclusion that Frankl sees that humans have two possibilities: either we reach out to others to find our reason for existence OR we turn inwards to our incomplete selves believing that we are safer alone. From the outside of a person, both of those attitudes could look the same, but from the inside of consciousness they make all the difference between being able to endure almost anything and becoming a zombified, ungrowing individual. We considered many different terms within their contexts. I am very curious to see how the student feels in class after such philosophical, deep considerations. I am hoping he feels completely at ease with this very difficult material."
"The student and I went through the syllabus for each of her classes. For most of them, she said her notebooks and binders are already set up and organized, and she told me most of them stay at school unless she has homework. A big task this year will be to keep track of which things she needs to bring home and then actually remember to bring them home. She has an ongoing project for social studies that will be due at the end of the school year. We need to be sure she is spending time working on this throughout the year so she is not overwhelmed trying to do it in May. She needs to remember to do the homework that she writes in her agenda. I am hoping that we can get a handle on her organization and help her have a very successful year so that she can be accepted to the boarding school she wants to go to for high school!"
"The student and I will be doing algebra review over the summer as he prepares for his honors algebra class in the fall. In our session on Tuesday, we reviewed a number of concepts that we had worked on last school year. I wrote for him a total of 16 problems that he worked through, covering order of operations, taking care to distribute a negative sign through each part of a polynomial, inscribed circles and squares, finding the equation for a line from two points, finding the equation for a perpendicular line running through a given point, simplifying radicals, RTD problems, multiplying binomials and factoring polynomials, changing complex fractions to mixed numbers, the Pythagorean theorem, working with exponents, and regular right triangles. At our next meeting we will focus for a while on regular right triangles, so that he is better able to recognize these, and I may bring some algebra SAT problems to work through."
"The student and I worked on her novel study. We did two journal entries and vocabulary words. She wrote an "I am" poem for a character in the novel and wrote about the senses of a quotation in the book (she will draw on her own time this evening). Tomorrow, we will continue journals for more reading too. We also read about the Preamble for the Constitution and did a matching activity."