Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a fantastic conversation about her text for class. We went over major plot points as well as pushed boundaries in some of the philosophical questions posed by the text. She had really insightful things to say and seemed to gain a stronger grasp on the text."
"I met with the student and we studied for an English vocabulary test he has on Friday and a Spanish test he has on Thursday. We also read "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe. He is relatively comfortable with the content of his courses."
"We first worked on her math homework: basic algebraic manipulation problems. We had to talk about keeping track of the sign at the beginning, but she did quite well after that. We also worked on a biography for English. She made a plan of how she was going to organize it, and we talked about writing down questions for places that she needs more detail. She is doing better with identifying areas where she can add information."
"During this session, the student had me look over her Animal Farm essay, which she had already submitted in class. Her thesis, essay structure, and the evidence she used to support her argument were all quite strong. I'm also going to lend her my writing handbook, so she can read over the section about incorporating quotes. We then studied for her vocabulary test, and she demonstrated an apt understanding of all her vocabulary words."
"We spent the majority of the session reviewing the three homework sheets that I had assigned the previous week: one sheet on singular/plural nouns and two on personal pronouns. At the end of the session we reviewed reading technique, and I assigned them the first passage in the reading workbook for homework."
"The student and I spent the session studying his new spelling words for this week and his SAT vocabulary words. We also discussed the process that I take him through to learn his spelling words as we will not be meeting next week and he will study on his own."
"Today we continued working on Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar,' discussing the methods, strategies, and reasons behind each character's manipulations of the others. We focused mostly on Cassius' manipulation of Brutus to join the conspiracy against Caesar. We also briefly discussed the student's history material, touching on the epistemological and ontological foundations of the dharmic religions of the Indian subcontinent. I also gave him some advice to help him avoid punctuation and mechanical errors in his writing. Overall a great session."
"We studied for the student's 15 word spelling test this week. We went over the words, sorted out the ones she didn't have much trouble with, and worked on the ones that gave her more trouble. We focused on breaking up the words into smaller chunks to aid spelling memorization and went over some memory devices to help with the hardest ones."
"We studied for poetry focusing on figurative language, prepped for vocabulary, and practiced the student's declamation. We also discussed how she was doing in her humanities class."
"The student has a vocabulary and spelling test tomorrow for unit 2. We reviewed all of the lessons in her book and also did some extra practice and pronunciation of the spelling words."
"Today we brainstormed for the student's upcoming essay, came up with strategies for him to use on the assignment, and corrected the parts that he wrote while I was there. We then discussed the theoretical aspects of his book for his exam. We talked about the ways in which the author achieves his goals."
"This was my first session with the student. As we work towards the long term goal of preparing him for his standardized tests, we focused on both English and math. This first meeting allowed me to become acquainted with his learning style and habits. We read from his book; he read aloud as we worked together to sound-out words, and make inferences about the ones he did not understand. We then moved on to his math homework, which consisted of single digit multiplication tables, subtraction using "mental math" short cut techniques, and some very basic division."