Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I looked at the summary he wrote for the first 60 pages of his summer reading assignment ("The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens"). We talked about how he came up with his summary and then tweaked it in order to make his points completely clear to a reader who is not familiar with the book. He talked about the fact that he has trouble placing himself in the position of the reader and understanding whether his ideas are clear to someone from that perspective. We will work on this more in the future. In addition to editing his summary, we began to talk about how it will connect to the paper he has to write for his summer assignment. For the next few weeks while the student is on vacation, he will need to continue reading his assigned book, start to form the main points of his summer essay assignment, and (optionally) continue to write quick summaries for his reading in order to get the practice."
"Concepts: change initiative, using resources, identifying communication issues in business, using strategic plans."
"Student A and I continued working on some reading comprehension and writing skills. He did an exercise where he had to put in the correct order the different parts of a story and summarize each part with a sentence. The ordering was easy for him, but it was a good chance to practice his handwriting. It was great today! He took his time and made nice clear letters. This was great to see. He also worked on some math and reasoning problems where he had to estimate measurements and use diagrams to solve problems. Some of this was new for him but he did a great job. At the end we went through his times tables flashcards. He was much faster this week! Student B and I continued to practice recognizing and writing different words, including several common sight words. She did very well on an exercise where she had to choose from a list of which beginning blended sound went with each word ending and the correct picture. She is still a bit shaky on where the letters go on the line but did quite well with a couple reminders from me. At the end she did a math sheet where she had to fill in missing numbers in a chart."
"The student is starting a poetry unit, and she was assigned an "I Am" poem. She wanted to write about loss and grief, so we conceptualized her three stanzas as stages of grief. Then, we brainstormed ideas for each of those stages that captured how she felt after losing family members. We looked up the general outline for "I Am" poems and wrote a rough draft. She agreed to share a typed version with me so that we could continue to develop it, incorporating her teacher's suggestions before her due date. Additionally, she is going to be reporting on two memoirs. I am purchasing one of them to read with her so that I can offer some support. The second one she is doing with a partner. We talked about upcoming assignments and tentatively scheduled for next week."
"Today, we returned to the narrative poem (ballad) " The Cremation of Sam McGee " and worked on a character analysis for the narrator, Cap. We also reviewed poetic devices such as similes, metaphors, and personification."
"We continued to review and edit the student's essay response to a particular question. Most of the errors had to do with correct verb tense, missing words (like a, the, at), and spelling. I emailed her a website with several short videos to improve writing and another website to practice editing paragraphs. Once her mistakes are pointed out, she immediately knows how to correct them. The next step is making her more aware of the mistakes as soon as, or hopefully before, she makes them."