We had over 20 tornado warnings near us on Tuesday. They seemed to come one right after another. We usually have a rough severe weather season in the Spring, but I donâ€™t think I can remember an October that has been so stormy.
My apologies for being late, yesterday I spent much of the day helping Mom fix her computer. One reminder, make sure that you have a good surge protector. If itâ€™s more than ten years old, you may want to get another.
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So you have your tutor student, now what do you do?
The first thing youâ€™ll want to do is assess where they are now and plan on where you want them to be. You need to speak with both the parents (if applicable) and the student, then you want to do some testing.
Your first tutor session will be all about finding out what your student knows and what they may need help with. Although this happens during the first session it is an ongoing process.
The parents â€“
When the parents were signing their child up for tutoring you will want to ask them specific questions about what problems their student may be having. It could be they received their first test grade, or report card grade and it wasnâ€™t what they expected.
Ask them how they study (when, where and how long), find out as much information as you can from the parents.
The student â€“ remember that while it was the parents that might have brought the student to you, it will be the student that keeps coming back. If they groan and make a big deal of tutoring, that they donâ€™t want it, think itâ€™s a waste of time, sooner or later they will relent and you wonâ€™t have a student anymore.
Explain to the student how the sessions work. Let them know that while you donâ€™t mind helping them with homework, the main focus of the sessions will be spent showing them how to do it.
Ask them what they think their main problem is. They should have brought all related materials for the class and you want to go over it with them. Important dates that youâ€™ll want to make sure you put in their file is test dates, when their next midterm or report card will arrive, when papers are due. Youâ€™ll also want to talk to them about how their grade is going to be determined. Youâ€™ll want to ask them about what theyâ€™re having trouble with, but you will also want to learn what theyâ€™re good at.
Youâ€™ll want to do some testing and watch them as they answer the questions. Pay particular attention to what stumps them, as well as what they do well or quickly. Make sure to take good notes.
When theyâ€™re finished with the test, go over the answers with them, show them what they did wrong, and how youâ€™ll help them to improve their grades
Useful URLs â€“ you can find thousands of assessment tests on the internet. Just type in â€˜subject nameâ€™ assessment test. Make sure to look at several different sources till you find one that you like.
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