Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I met with both the student and his outgoing tutor to review their tutoring method and start working on this weeks homework. We worked on a Spanish story, questions, and drawings, English reading, and review for a History quiz on the Enlightenment tomorrow."
"The student checked his knowledge of vocabulary using a words in context quiz. I made note of words with which he still struggles so that he can practice them over vacation. We also reviewed the use of appositive phrases and introduced the use of dependent clauses at the beginning of sentences to build skills related to variety in sentence-building."
"We began the process of identifying weaknesses in grammar and reading comprehension. The student does seem to struggle with some of the basic concepts, but I hope to quickly review and move on to more advanced material."
"We covered thermochemistry and concepts such as Enthalpy, calorimetry, and state functions. The student is still doing very well and has really started to excel in her class, despite a tough professor and demanding workload."
"The student and I reviewed her gas laws notes. She didn't seem to have any trouble understanding the material and felt comfortable answering the questions. After finishing, Maggie and I worked on her algebra II homework. Her homework covered logarithms, including properties of logarithms and solving logarithms. She understood the basics, but she had a little difficulty with the more complicated problems."
"Completed first 4 pages of English final review sheets including punctuation, adj, noun, and adv clause identification, independent and subordinate phrases, reading comprehension and analysis, and subject verb agreement."
"The student began typing his heading, materials, & methods for his Science Fair Project. Also, we reviewed his spelling test. At some point soon, I'd like to work more intensively with him on teaching him how to type properly. He seems to be required to do so with increasing frequency, and typing properly would help increase his speed."
"I met with the student tonight to review the Reading section she completed for homework. She missed 14 of 40 questions, though was generally able to pick out the correct answers when I told her they were wrong. We also completed the science section we started last time. Time was a small concern here, as she left the last five questions unfinished. We went over the importance of reading the questions thoroughly and looking for keywords, and again she was generally able to pick out the correct responses. We worked through the first half of the math section of test two. The student will finish the remainder as homework, as well as review the definitions for the 12 vocabulary words I gave her this evening. It appears as though math is currently our most need-intensive area, since her adjusted score for last week's math section was a 13. However, it looks like the big review we did on Thursday was very helpful."
"Today the student and I read a new story that I brought, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. This story really captured his imagination and we had a fun time coming up with alternative solutions and thinking about the setting and characters. For his online forum we wrote a response and he plans to bring the book to school to share with his class. We read two more stories where I asked him to describe the personality traits of characters, what themes were evident in the plots, and what he thought would happen next. We read two stories together and wrote a summary of one. The student struggled with pronunciation a little today, but did well in comprehending the story anyway. The student is adapting well to using the left hand and it doesn't seem to cause as much trouble as last week."
"The student and I met at the coffee shop again, and this time we took a minor break from Math while I had him work through an English and Science test. He maintained his scores. I am going to include more sections from the other subjects."
"Reviewed all vowel sounds, long and short. -Discussed the differences and how to see them when reading. -CVCE spelling pattern and the use of long vowel sounds. -Practiced spelling words and patterns. -Played a game sorting various words with the sounds and patterns."
"For pre-calculus, reviewed the concept of exponential and logarithmic functions, and how they relate to one another. Explained the concept of logarithms in a slightly different light. Practiced these concepts with one of her homework worksheets, then went on to discuss real-world applications of these kinds of functions. Then switched over to physics, and reviewed the concept of waves, and their properties like wavelength, which is related to frequency and speed, and amplitude."