Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked hard today. He was able to focus and get through a lot of different activities. We read three books together. He does well as long as he takes his time and looks at the words instead of guessing so he can finish. We also continued to work on vowel sounds because he still mixes them up at times. Good work!"
"During this session, we did some math and reading homework. We also reviewed some high yield vocabulary words and learned the technique of word dissection (being able to tell what the word means based on recognizing some parts of it). We went over how to recognize roots within words. We will focus on prefixes and suffices during our next session."
"We went over osmosis, colloids and colligative properties in her Chem book. She has an exam Friday. We went page by page and made outlines of the chapter with examples. We did all the examples the book gave. She is very bright and repeated back to me the outlines in her own words. She will do well as long as she reviews Thursday. Good session."
"Today the student and I discussed her essay in pretty thorough detail. We also discussed some more methods of outlining the essay, and discussed together two example prompts, and methods of finding examples, especially on difficult topics. Afterward, I asked that she do a few vocabulary questions for me, and we discussed additional methods of solving these problems, as well as the root words which I had previously given her. We finished off the session with a few math questions to test her critical thinking skills, combined with a reading passage and some work on a technique for moving through the passage more quickly."
"I met with the student to do some SAT prep. -- He is a quick learner and has a lot of good questions. We worked from some sheets he had printed out on reading sections. We started off with some active reading work -- I encouraged the student to underline key phrases, search for thesis statements, and try to summarize each paragraph after reading. This made it easier to answer questions about the intent of the author or tone of the passage. We also worked on prepositions, which the student finds difficult to remember. His grammar is very good for the most part, so we will continue to work on the reading comprehension sections."
"Today we worked on the student's paper for her Public Policy class. She had about 10 pages to edit, and we spent the session correcting and clarifying the work. I think this was actually helpful for her writing because she could practice improving sentences, and it was a confidence boost for her to see that she can write better than several of her fellow students."
"Today the student was given the guidelines to write his essay. He rewrote his essay from last week two times. He was instructed to give the essay more thought and have his final draft constructed by Tuesday. I also corrected his American History paper he wrote. At the end of the session I met with the student and his parents to discuss his essays that he wrote during the session."
"The student continued working on his 5000-word short story today. We started structuring it into chapters, and he wrote a background chapter about the main character. He was able to determine spellings of words pretty well by trial and error. He also self-corrected grammar when I indicated that a sentence or clause was incorrect."
"Met with the students for the first time. They explained to me how they are learning and what they are learning while being home-schooled. Student 1's math unit is more structured, since she attends a public school twice a week. She is given a weekly homework assignment that she turns in the next week. We worked together on her parallelogram homework. Student 2's unit is much more open-ended with him being on his own time schedule, choosing homework problems, and learning through a textbook. He is currently working on matrices."
"The student and I worked on his English essay, where he has to write a 6-8 page argument based on Invisible Man, Death of a Salesman, and The Great Gatsby. We came up with a thesis, put together a fleshed-out outline, and began to fill in quotes. The student showed that he is a strong essay writer in this class with his last essay on Invisible Man, so our goal was to follow up with a coherent paper about the costs of the American Dream. He's going to discuss his first draft with his teacher tomorrow, and then we'll go from there."
"Worked on homework problems involving greatest common factors and simplifying fractions. Learned about least common multiples and how this differs from factors as well as how a common multiple can be found through prime factorization."
"For these two sessions, the student and I continued to work on letter sounds. He completed several workbook pages, including those for "a" and "d". We also worked on a couple of workbook pages that dealt with rhyming, and we will continue to focus on this task. Then the student worked on writing his name. He missed one letter but was successful on his second attempt. We also worked on handwriting, counting, numbers and colors."