Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session, we worked on an assignment for school where the student had to write a commercial for a book he read. Then, I flipped through the book and used the pictures and text to ask questions about what happened on each page of the story. Using this strategy, he was able to sum up the story and give me different details and events that happened on each page. After this, I asked him questions about commercials he has seen on TV. I then explained to him that commercials should start with something that grabs your attention/makes you want to sit and read or watch them, and then gives you a little information about what it is advertising. I told him the commercial should end telling the viewer or reader to do something/take action. I used prompts and examples to get him thinking about how to make his advertisement. He used his responses to help him figure out what to say in his advertisement and he did a good job. I helped him figure out what order to write his information in and then he wrote a draft on paper. Once he finished writing, we corrected a few words for spelling and then I had him read his advertisement. I thought we ended the lesson with a good draft for an advertisement."
"I had given the student a schedule for reading a set number of chapters per night so when I came in today he was prepared. I reviewed to make sure he answered his comprehension questions completely and had filled out his reading journal. We continued to work on proper breathing according to punctuation as well. He takes the lead as far as the timing of answering the questions. He feels like sometimes it helps him remember to answer each question while he reads instead of reading the whole chapter (we always highlight and locate the answers while we read) then writing his responses. I worried stopping the story flow would make it harder for him to retain and comprehend the story line, but I use the time to reinforce the concepts and I've noticed that he will pause while we read to make all sorts of connections. He proves a very high level of engagement with his comments and questions about fine details - vocabulary, making predictions, expressing emotion, etc."
"We prepared for his book talk. We planned his speech and his prop, and he rehearsed with me several times until he felt comfortable enough to present in class."