Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student said he will be taking the math state tests next week. He said he wanted to practice some of the things he's worked on since the beginning of this year. We started with his multiplication times tables, division and place values. We also worked on rounding whole numbers and decimals."
"In today's session we went over Math and reading comprehension. We began the session finishing up the student's homework. We reviewed fractions in her homework packet and for practice. She was having a small degree of difficulty applying the knowledge of fractions to word problems, but with practice during our session showed improvement."
"The student's teacher asked me to review the third paragraph of the student's essay, and quiz him on the US states and capitals. I asked the student to show me what he had already written in class and what he had written on the computer. He worked on re-crafting this into a more polished draft of the third paragraph on the theme of "hard work". We had previously used the word "perseverance", so he adapted it to fit the teacher's instructions and also added details to support the claim(s). I then had him write out all the states and capitals on a big map that the teacher had printed out."
"We started off introducing each other and learning the needs and interest of students. We covered greetings, basic conversation skill, body parts, counting money, and the names of clothing. We also in general talked about Japan. She has great knowledge about Japanese and was not shy for speaking in Japanese. I am very excited for our session in the future. I asked her to learn Hiragana and Katakana as much as she can."
"Today, the student and I went over her new class schedule, reviewed geography, and she worked through her math assignment."
"Today was my first session with this student. We reviewed his Social Studies assignment, four journal entries. He had already gotten a good start on the first entry, so before we proceeded, we established kind of a road map for his writing, identifying what points out of the journal day he would dedicate to his four entries. Once we had determined when the journal entries would take place, he proceeded with the writing. Because he was writing about a specific event, we pulled up multiple tabs on his computer with information on the event from sources like CNN and NPR, so that he could reference these resources throughout his writing process to make sure his piece was as accurate as possible. Before writing the remainder of the entries, I suggested we watch a news clip on the incident so that he could get a better picture of the look and feel of what happened on that day. We jotted down a few notes that we wanted to end up in the writing piece, and I demonstrated the strategy of getting down a few bullet points before even composing the paragraph, to have an idea of a few key points one wants to include. At the end of writing the entries, I asked him to read it once more to himself to see if he could catch any edits he might have wanted to change, before I proofread it for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. After the assignment was complete, we reviewed key parts to the writing process such as establishing a road map and reading it over before submitting the final product. The student did a wonderful job with this assignment, and definitely demonstrated a strong comprehension of what his teacher was asking. I was impressed by his written vocabulary and word choice, and he wrote high-quality sentences. The main area of improvement for this assignment would be to keep an eye out for punctuation errors -- I pointed out to him that there were numerous times when he inserted a comma where a period should be, so I told him to watch out for run-on sentences. To conclude our session, I asked him a few questions to get a sense of what he likes best in school, what topics are most challenging for him, and things he enjoyed working on most with his previous tutor. Overall it was a great session and I was impressed by his writing."