Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered sight words and sentence construction. The student was also asked to read a short passage and answer text-dependent questions. The goal for his writing is to be able to differentiate the proper use of periods, question marks, and exclamation points. The student reviewed his "dge" words and was asked to use each word in a sentence. He was a motivated learner, asking that new words that he doesn't know how to spell be added to his list of words to review. We also checked some of his homework for accuracy."
"We worked on reading assessments, verbal assessments, and math assessments in order to build skills in these areas. The student is doing well in her classes thus far, especially math, which was a huge concern when I first started tutoring her. We have been working on many concepts together and now when her teacher addresses these concepts, they are reinforced and her learning experience is enhanced."
"We did about 20 math problems with double-digit numbers, played hangman, read a book, played an addition game called chopsticks, and played "quick draw," where I put two minutes on the clock and the student had to show numbers as I called them out."
"The student had prepared a piece of her own writing describing her morning routine for me, to practice her informal, non-professional English. We went through it sentence by sentence and I pointed out places where her word choice or sentence construction was awkward or unclear, and helped her rephrase it by explaining how it could better express her message. She has a very good grasp of nuance and tone in writing, and quickly sees how her phrasing falls short of that when it's pointed out. We had a good time as usual, and will go over another piece of her writing when we meet again."
"The student and I worked on critical reading today to prepare for the SAT. She did a good job with her comprehension of the passages, but did need some help in answering a few of the questions, mostly due to difficult vocabulary. We practiced a few strategies that increased her ability to answer correctly. Often, she was able to eliminate down to two possible answers to the question, but did not always pick the correct answer of the two. Because of this, we've added a SAT vocabulary app to her phone. I would like her to spend a little bit of time each day on the app, practicing and building her SAT vocabulary. I have also decided to leave the SAT book with her because when I accidentally left it last week, she was using it and practicing on her own! She has a great work ethic and really wants to do her best on her test!"
"The student completed his subtracting mixed numbers worksheet for homework. He did terrific on this and only made a mistake on one out of 15, and it was because he transferred the problem over incorrectly. He knows the method very well though. We then worked on his state project. His biggest areas for improvement are his capitalization and punctuation, but he is improving by remembering to do these things. He strengths lie in his overall capability and creativity. Great work!"