Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, we covered more writing structure and how to plan. We worked on memorizing the spelling of a few words I commonly saw misspelled (like friends instead of friends), and we went through the brainstorming process together. The student was great as always, and he really got creative in our personal narrative process when I let him make up the story. I am hoping to have his essay from our very first session back next week when his school resumes with its normal schedule. Then, I'll have a more accurate picture of what his teacher is looking for as far as particular writing skills."
"The student and I discussed her goals for tutoring. In particular, she wants to learn how best to write essays for tests in the classes she is taking this semester. I taught her how to use the Cornell Notetaking method when she reads and listens to her professor's lectures in class. This method will help her to be prepared with well-organized notes she can use to write essays on the tests. I also shared pre-writing tips for organizing ideas prior to writing essays such as outlining or using graphic organizers. Next time we meet, I will bring handouts with me that I believe will be useful in helping her to structure her essays well and use proper grammar."
"Through much of the session, I worked with the student to get him caught up in his American Sign Language class. We shot some videos of him doing sign language and worked to get them into a proper format to be uploaded. I also went through his syllabus and found some written assignments for him to do in hopes of getting caught up as quickly as possible. At times, when I was working independently on the technical aspects of his sign language material, he worked through more reading comprehension exercises, to good overall results. As soon as we get him caught up in this supplemental course, we will return our full attention not only to reading comp but to vocab and grammar as well."
"The student worked on his Christmas writing assignment, studied for his reading quiz, and I helped him start copying notes that he missed. He had a great attitude while working on his assignments and I helped him with some study skills on organizing his notes for his upcoming test."
"Wednesday was a banner day for both students. Student 1 responds well to positive rewards given out in response to games. This can be as simple as awarding him "points." After reviewing his homework and practicing his readers, we gamified his sight words by jumbling them on the table. I called out a word, and the first person to find and say the word on the index card won a point. He excelled at this. Student 2 also enjoyed the new workbooks her mother bought. After she read her readers and library books, we spent the majority of class working on the reading comprehension, phonics, and spelling sections in her new books. At the end of class, we used the whiteboard to check her color spelling."
"We discussed how reading the student's new English assignment, "Fahrenheit 451," was going, and we talked about some of the themes and ideas that are emerging in the book so far. I used the novel as a jumping-off point, as well, to talk to her about how to construct a strong thesis (breaking it down into topics and comments), and we did some practice work devising possible theses to questions about the book and other topics I'd prepared. Seeing that some of the theses that she'd come up with illustrated these nicely, I also discussed the difference between appeals to ethics, emotions, and logic."