Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I had my student write a 5 paragraph expository essay on the topic of the importance of forgiveness. We talked over his ideas on the subject, then set up the introductory paragraph and his thesis sentence. He then wrote three supporting paragraphs, each with a topic sentence, and a conclusion. He has not been required to write expository essays yet in his English class but he will begin writing at this level next semester and should be prepared for success both with his homework and in-class writing assignments and exams."
"The student worked on writing a homework assignment that asked for a personal connection to a book he read. We discussed and outlined his connection, paying careful attention to being specific. He then wrote half of the assignment."
"We went over phonics: letter sounds and consonant and vowel combinations. We went over lists of important words for grade level 1. Lastly, we read two stories. She knows her consonant combinations pretty well, so I want to focus on vowel combinations next week."
"Today I focused on reviewing the list of sight words with the student that was on her closet wall. I noticed that she really struggles with sight words that aren't concrete words like could, might, only and who. When reading I also noticed that she mixes up similarly spelled words such as run-ran, who-how and get-got. I prompted her to look through the whole word and make sure the words she reads match what is on the page. We will continue to work on these concepts."
"We continued working on the high school entrance test. Today was antonyms, synonyms, and analogies. The student is also keeping a list of words with which she is unfamiliar, searching for the definition and working on learning them. She is working hard, expecting to be ready for the test in January. She has already made application to a private high school for next year."
"We started the session by reading 10 more pages from the Cat in the Hat. We then focused on putting his 10 spelling words into order. The student was having some trouble remembering a section of the alphabet (LMNOP, where he was forgetting the N), so we also reviewed the entire alphabet and drilled that particular section a little. We then began reading his book, The Wing and the Sun. While we were reading, we also spent some time focusing on words like make, take, bake, and lake, since the student was having trouble pronouncing the a correctly. He finished all the work we started, and he is always attentive when given instructions."