Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started out with math multiplication flashcards, which he did awesome with! We also read a Benjamin Franklin piece, answered the comprehension questions, and he worked on an independent summary. We then read a Grand Canyon piece and worked on the comprehension questions. He then wrote an independent summary for that piece as well. Overall, the lesson went great!"
"I worked with the three students today. Two had homework to complete. One had to write words as I spoke them, and had a writing exercise he loved about an egg. He had to squeeze it and then crack it, then write about it. He later ate it. The other one had a homework packet to complete. He learned about ants last week and bears this week. He had to write what he knows about them, then what he learned about them after reading his story. The third student has taken a number of tests for school, so today we focused on phonics and spelling. We read one of his favorite books and then he had to spell certain words. Then we ended with a phonics spelling game which reinforces phonetic families."
"For the first hour of the session, we reviewed and discussed the new format for the SAT writing portion that will go into effect when the student is a junior next year. We looked at the sample essays and crafted practice theses that would fit the question. The format is wholly changed from the current SAT and will require many hours of practice to get a high score. We will continue to work on it for next session. For the last 30 minutes, he practiced writing subordinate clauses on a rewrite of an essay. His task was to take all the sentences in various paragraphs and turn them into subordinate sentences."
"We worked on a multi-genre project which includes writing. To begin this process, we had to review the underlying case of the Scottsboro Boys. We also had to reconsider a second writing assignment on Romeo & Juliet."
"First introductory session with the student. We discussed terminology so I could get a basis of where we wanted to start academically. Then she did an example of her writing for me, which we edited accordingly to teach her how to self edit and consider developing her own work. We finished the session with some grammar work and verb agreement. We agreed that next session would be one hour grammar and then writing to develop the writing skills."
"Today we played "grammar games" online and focused on things like adverbs, adjectives, and nouns. I suggest that the student starts keeping a weekly journal to practice writing in. He's a smart, talented kid and he should do great in 6th grade."