Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we worked on the student's English assignment which was to create a 15 line poem. She decided to create a Haiku poem based upon her love for dogs. Brainstorming and creating the poem was an easy task for student as it is a topic she thoroughly enjoys. She required minimal assistance with this assignment."
"We finished the student's outline for her final essay that will be an in class essay. She needed to create a strong thesis and find her proof via 4 different pieces of literature they read during the course of the semester. The last few minutes of class were used to review for her Spanish conversation final. We will resume classes at the beginning of the year."
"The student and I spent the majority of our session preparing for his upcoming English final. We went through an entire practice sheet that was essentially a practice version of his exam. We developed a good strategy for going through a poem from when he receives it to when he makes his final observations. He has definitely progressed when it comes to analyzing poetry and doing the work necessary to understand it."
"We spent 30 minutes reviewing for her Biology final. Discussed the origins of genetic disorders and diseases and how they differ from viral and bacterial diseases. Remaining hour was spent preparing for her English final. Time spent discussing vocabulary literary devices, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Developed examples of concepts such as themes, motifs, climax, plot, etc. from movies and music. Then she applies these concepts to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird."
"We spent most of our time today on the student's spelling words. I could really see marked improvement today. He also finished his math homework, and wrote a story using his spelling words."
"Finished material for reading (plot chart and Venn diagram); practiced saying and spelling sight words; practiced addition speed facts; practiced vowel sounds. The student can continue working on summer packet and reading independently at home."
"One student and I spent some time getting acquainted and then worked on numbers and categorizing. She is generally engaged and happy. The other student also did a great job and caught on very quickly when I introduced new subjects. He is enthusiastic and curious."
"Today we did a module on Greek and Latin roots, as well as how roots work in general. By beginning with a list of words and supplying a definition, forcing the student to guess which word meant what definition based on what clues she was given, she was able to begin developing the kinds of semantic connections that exist between these words. We quizzed a few questions on the subject, and discussed how it related to her list of words which I provided today. A lot of progress made today."
"He and I worked on his vocabulary for chapter 2 in his vocabulary book. He has a test Friday on chapters 1 and 2. I gave him some suggestions for studying for the test. We also worked on math, dividing integers and mean. He still had work to finish in language arts on punctuation, science work, and multiplying integers."
"The student read a 5th grade reading passage for fluency and together we identified the words he was unfamiliar with and created a vocabulary list. He looked up each of the words, we discussed the meaning and context, and he used each one in a sentence. He will complete 5th grade reading and vocabulary activities on a website that I assigned. His mom likes him to have some reading/vocabulary activities to work on in between sessions. I am scheduled to see him again on Monday."
"Focus of this session was vocabulary--using assigned vocabulary in sentences. The student admits difficulty with using words in their correct part(s) of speech. Finding synonyms for the vocabulary words, and creating a scenario that correctly uses the word helped the student formulate her sentences correctly. After struggling with the first few, she soon got the hang of it and was able to come up with sentences with more ease. We will continue to work on sentence syntax and elaboration."
"I taught rounding to the student. I checked and reviewed her homework, and assigned more homework as usual (to both). I taught both student multiple digits. I weaved all my lessons connecting lessons like place value and measurement. I am now focusing on Vocabulary and Language Arts, boosting their knowledge. I assigned work and packets."