Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work on a previous prompt I had given her, focusing on integrating quotes and maintaining a central focus in a paper."
"Today, the student and I discussed verbs, in particular active/passive voice, verb tenses and how to choose, and regular/irregular verbs. He completed a worksheet on identifying the verb in the sentence. We also discussed interjections and how we should not overuse them in our writing. He had written his 2 pages on volunteering, and he did a very good job on it. There were a few sentences that had commas missing before conjunctions which we discussed, and I will spend a lot of time on when we get to that subject in our grammar lessons. He had also read chapters 1-4 in The Hunger Games. We discussed it a little, and then I had him write 2 pages on how Haymitch's life experiences had shaped him into the person he is today and whether his behavior is acceptable based on that background. He did a great job of explaining his thoughts in the paper. Next, I had him write a 1-page cover letter for an internship at a local medical office. We focused on formatting. He didn't originally put the body into separate paragraphs, but we discussed how to correct that in the future. Last, I had him write 1 page on a holiday ritual. He wrote about fireworks and BBQs on the 4th of July. It was very good. I assigned 1 chapter in the Hunger Games and 2 pages on what skills team sports build for our lesson tomorrow."
"The student and I covered basic grammar concepts. We also reviewed his plans for a long form story that he will write this weekend. We also went over his journals."
"The student and I finished editing the reminder of his assignment. I led the student in some self-directed editing strategies, proper grammar, structure, and word choice exercises based on what he wrote. We also continued work on research for his final assignment. I reminded the student of the tools we used and emphasized forming good habits, such as reading his writing aloud. The student is becoming more aware his errors. I am continuing to celebrate with him his successes and encourage him to form habits that will enable him to reach his goals."
"I met with the student to work on reading and writing. We worked together on a worksheet he had been assigned to help him get on a grade 3 level. The student struggled a bit with reading comprehension, but worked hard to reread the story for context clues. He did very well at reading the story out loud, and clearly has a strong grasp of the vocabulary we were covering."
"We talked about organization and outlining in writing. We also spent time devising a plan and strategy for upcoming lessons. I used sample ACT writing questions and concepts from The Craft of Research on supporting claims with evidence. I left the student with a prompt that we wrote together and brainstormed. She is meant to write out each 'reason' along with 'evidence' in complete sentences. It is summer, so there were no grades, but we will go over the practice for this week next week."