Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked again on Latin and algebra. This time we began with algebra. He was having trouble working with charts in order to develop an equation. In the first problem that he brought to my attention, he was thrown by a skip in the table of ordered pairs. When he plotted the points and drew the line, he was able to see the ordered pair that was missing was indeed on the line, even though it wasn't on the table. In other problems, he was forgetting to put rise over run in order to determine the slope of the line. By correcting this minor issue, he should be able to fix a great number of problems in graphing. Also, he was mixing up the x-axis with the y-intercept, which moved correctly drawn slopes over on the chart. He will need to remember that y-intercepts are found on the y-axis (i.e., where x=0). In Latin, he was continuing to work with the genitive case. Additionally, the concepts of gender and number were added to work with inflecting nouns and adjectives. The student is struggling with this concept, and this is natural for working with the genitive for the first time. The genitive is not a concept that we discuss in English, and so it is an entirely new category for him. He was slow to grasp the exercises at first, and then accelerated quite a bit towards the end of the exercises. He will benefit by always saying a noun or adjective's gender, number, and case, regardless of whether it is called for in the exercise or not. Building knowledge without prior knowledge is extremely difficult, so this concept will require a great deal of work for him. He should know up front that this is the case, and be ready to put effort into reviewing these concepts outside of both class and tutoring."
"We began the session by going over how to create and use a weekly planner and budget time for homework. This will also help her keep track of all of her assignments. Then we worked on correcting math homework on rotations and reflections. I showed her how to find the points on the graph mathematically rather than counting squares. I gave her a pretest to complete this week which will help me locate skill gaps she may have. She got off to a great start and seemed to like the idea of a planner."
"The students each had a math worksheet to go through. The first student's covered graphing both linear and nonlinear equations, and the other's dealt primarily with deriving an equation from a linear graph. The girls both had a Forensics question sheet for their science class as well. It was a note taking worksheet to go along with a video they had watched in class. The girls told me about it, and I looked over their answers and we made a few corrections. Both of the girls showed me their graded material from language arts for the term, and they both seem to be doing pretty well there."
"I helped the student review a number of Language Arts worksheets and assignments. He also finished his math homework."
"We worked on multiplication tables, specifically the 9 times table. I taught the student an easy trick to remember his 9s. We also went over a reading assignment."
"The student and I continued to practice vocab words and context clues. She picks up words quickly. I've given her words to practice until her next session."