Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reading Log The student brought a printed copy of the modified reading log I created for his summer reading assignment. At the time of the lesson, he hadn't used it yet (I emailed a word document version of it the day after our first lesson). He recorded information from two important passages in the book using the reading log. I also reviewed the quote log, a form I created as part of the modified reading log. The quote log allows him to record the location of a specific quote, the quote itself, and then record his interpretation of the quote directly beneath it. I added this feature to make his future writing assignment easier. He will be required to write an essay about "Into the Wild" once school starts. The quote log allows him to record the author's writing and his own, which should lighten the workload of the essay assignment. Active Questioning I reviewed the active questioning technique with him. This technique involves asking questions as you read. Questions can be recorded in the margin or on a lined sheet of paper, whichever the reader prefers. I modeled active questioning using a brief chemistry printout about bonding. I modeled the active questioning using metacognitive dialogue as I read the text aloud. I recorded questions I thought of in the margin. I orally summarized what I read. He attempted to use the technique while silently reading a passage I provided about electronegativity. He read the passage silently and recorded questions he thought of in the margin. I then asked him if he could answer the questions he had written down. He orally answered one question and explained that another question was not answered in this section. I used this opportunity to show how he can use text headers to locate the section where the answer to a question might be. He was able to answer a question he asked of himself while reading. The section he read was brief, and his answer was adequate. I prompted him with other questions so that he orally summarized the important information from the passage as well. I let him take the model passages, with my notes, so he would have an example to follow when reading his chemistry text at home."
"During our time together, the student and I worked on reading comprehension, since this is a skill that has a great amount of impact on all areas of one's ability to succeed in education. So, towards this end, we reviewed the homework assignment that I presented to him last time we met (reading and annotating an article from the Economist) for the first part of our time together. After this, we moved into a more in-depth discussion of how to approach critically reading passages- how it is vital to take a step back and summarize what each paragraph is saying. So, to practice this skill, we went over some practice reading passages, with questions. He clearly caught on to this, and performed excellently, as for the three ACT passages I gave him with 10 questions each, he only missed three questions all together. He is clearly improving, which is great to see. For homework, I gave him 4 practice ACT passages, that he is expected to read and annotate, so that we can review them next week."
"The student and I prepared a study guide for his upcoming test. We also reviewed critical thinking, and motivational techniques for management purposes."