Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered short (written) answers and multiple choice questions related to reading comprehension passages. Materials on methodology were left for the student to refer to."
"At this session, the student read through one of the selections in her textbook of stories and articles that she uses at school. This was a nonfiction article about Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The student and I stopped frequently to make sure she understood the content, and we used context to define some unfamiliar words. She then answered some of the comprehension questions provided in the textbook. She is generally very successful at remembering events, characters and details that she reads, and I will work on helping her develop a stronger sense of the "big picture" of a reading - how it relates to her life and to big questions about feelings and even the "moral lessons" contained in a story. For example, one of the questions in the book asked why Joyner-Kersee didn't immediately tell her coach she wanted to try the long jump even though she eventually came to be one of the greatest long jumpers in the world, and if this might have been beneficial to her in the end. Prior to this, she ran the 400 yard race, at which she was not the best on her team. The implication the book seems to be making is that it built Joyner-Kersee's character to work hard at something she was not the best at before she found the sport where she excelled. This question about character and even moral judgment is the type of question we will explore as I continue working with the student."
"The student and I reviewed homework. We also practiced assessment test questions and reviewed inferencing. I assigned him homework, and we agreed to meet on 3/14 for our last session."