Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In our double session today, the student completed 6 out of 6 history assignments from last year that she will be turning in on Tuesday. We worked on editing the essays she already had and focusing on the topics that were to be addressed. This completes all the assignments due from last year except the 8 page history paper. We discussed redefining the scope of her topic to make it more manageable in terms of note taking and writing."
"Today we worked through another vocab section and then began work on a writing prompt for her English class."
"The student and I read about earthquakes and tsunamis compared and contrasted them using a Venn Diagram. Then the student had to turn information into sentences. He did very well in this activity and read new vocabulary by sounding out prefixes and suffixes. Also, I had him tell me synonyms for a few new vocabulary words."
"We continued to work on reading comprehension through reading and talking through/ summarizing ideas presented in a chapter book. Today, I introduced a "prize chart"--each time the student asks a question related to his reading, he will receive a star, with a prize once he has reached 100 stars. I am encouraging him to question what he reads--both for specific word meanings and for content. My recommendation is to continue to read from these chapter books, stopping frequently to summarize what has just happened. I also have started to ask him to predict what will happen next."
"The student finished her book report and finished her summer reading with it! Then we worked on some math review. I stayed for extra time in order to complete all six exercise sets with her. It was basic multiplication, division, and fractions, and it's useful for me to know going into the school year that she really needs to drill her times tables. We went over several strategies for when she can't name the answer quickly and how to figure it out besides counting on fingers. At the end of the session, she was completely done with all her summer work. She ended very happily and was obviously thrilled that she had finished successfully and on time."
"The student put the finishing touches on her summer writing assignment. She completed the writing on her own, and then we went through it and worked on editing and mechanics together. I am so impressed with her improvement this summer! We talked specifically about transitions between subjects and how to write introductions and conclusions."