Mini Action Research Tutoring Project - Reportby: Dr. Eirini Gouleta(Source: http://www.breathing-underwater.com/portfolio/documents/standards/standard8/Tutoring%20Project.pdf)Using Somekh (1989) ModelIn this action research, the researcher using Model Social Situation by Somekh (1989) has been use todescribe further about how the research been done.Step 1: Identifying problemStudent with obvious intelligence but has poor academic performance. Student was diagnosed withADHD, lack of study skills, organization skills and time management skill when he is loaded with workload and to get back on track. Occasionally he has to be admitted in hospital due to health problem thatneeds him to miss classes for almost two weeks of every admittance. However, this student has a verygreat potential in academic and sport when he is healthy when he attends to school consistently.Step 2: Collecting dataData was collected by observation in classroom and workbook. Started with “pre-test” to discover truearea of need, including oral assessment of study habits, study area and organizational habits. Observedstudent’s backpack and paper work.
Step 3: Analyzing data/generating hypothesisTutoring session would help the student to perform better in school that he initially predicted bycreating and establishing organizational, time management and study skill routines. Introducing andpracticing planned routines are expected to make the students to study efficiently and doing excellent inschool.Step 4: Planning action step Six tutoring session will take place for 1 and 2 hours. Instrument: “Pre-test”, “Post-test”, Planbook Rubric Assessment, Binder Rubric assessment, Time management Assessment, Time Management Project Planning Assessment. Tools: ◦ Time Management Chart, Created Time Management Chart for a final project for student’s Music Class ◦ ‘To-do-list’, Discussed organizational techniques and strategies ◦ Planbook, Used planbook/binder rubrics for initial assessments. Assisted student with organization of binder. Discussed how to properly organize a planbook. ◦ Binder rubrics. Created rubrics (with student) to assess progress of personal planbook and binder organization. • Assessed planbook/binder progressStep 5 : Implementing action stepFirstly, researcher worked on his metacognitive skills. Student were introduced with the assessment anddiscussed based on the result of rubric assessment. All papers and homework were restructured andorganized into binder so that session would run smoothly. Six tutoring session has been done accordingto action plan. Researcher has set a couple or two of objectives to be achieved at the end of the session.Each session lasts for one or two hours.
Step 6 : Collecting data/monitor changeAt the end of the session, researcher gave evaluation of the assessment made so that she will know howfar the student’s progress. Feedbacks from student were crucial in order to make some improvement.With a lithe guidance, student was able to organize his school work nicely from session to session. Aswell as to plan his school works in plan book and binder rubrics introduced in the session at the firstplace. With all organized, student will have no problem in doing his school work in time given and studyefficiently.
Step 7 : Analysis and evaluationPlanning chart: Student can submit school work in time given. He also can manage his time effectively.Binder: Student can organize and filed paper works nicely, in correct place and can track them all withno effort. “Post-test” report: Overall, sessions were a success for the most part. Even though this brilliant kid hasproblem with time management, organization and study skill, he can be thought to study smart bynurturing routines that has been done.Student behavior: Student’s performances were interestingly improving better compared to the firstsession where he was under prepared with work load and unorganized paper works.Student emotion: Student’s grade has raised as well his confidence. Student found the session veryhelpful, end up studying efficiently and able to stay consistently organized.Researcher point of view: Increasing the ability of student in organize, time management and studyskills. Student able to see the urgency, understand and implement it. Focusing on the process flow is thekey before implementing the elements above. Student will able to manage their self, thus will derive thefinal result.Step 8 : ‘Spiral to next circle’Teachers can apply the organizational rubrics and time management charts to ensure student will focuson their tasks and assignment in defined time. Student will independently organize themselves by theroutine to strength their executive skills. Parents should give whole support to this kind of kids as well tocheck their planbook and binder consistently. Both parties have to communicate to each other if thestudent seems to be having trouble.