Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is doing well in both her Literature and Journalism classes, maintaining 85% or higher overall grades. In Literature, she is reading Oedipus Rex and working on a tragic hero project due in mid February. We discussed the details of the project, specifically who she would choose to profile as a tragic hero and why. We also reviewed vocabulary terms for the unit. In Journalism she interviewed a local news anchor and had already submitted a post-interview assignment. She had also already submitted a homework assignment due later in the week. We worked to organize for the literature project."
"The student had chess homework. He wasn't sure which move to make. We then read through his book on Bear Hugs. He said it was "too easy!" Then, we worked on an exercise sheet on short vowel sounds when he started noticing word families which he is learning in class. He was so excited! So I looked up other worksheets online which he enjoyed and he wrote all of the two-letter word families we could find. He loves patterns, so when we found a word family, I asked him to say a few words in that family which he did."
"I helped the student to complete three valentines. He said that he had already done all of the names on the list, but that he had lost three of them. Since he couldn't remember which ones were lost, I had him write out three notes, leaving the spaces for the names blank so he could fill the names in later. He read the next few pages of his lit club book aloud, and I helped him with sounding out and defining unfamiliar words."
"The student and I worked on reading and responding. I would have him read out loud to me and then write down one thing he remembered and tell me one thing he remembered. He had some trouble, but I believe consistent practice together is the key to his improvement. We worked on math as well; he expressed to me that he wanted help with division. As I started working with him, I suggested we learn the multiplication tables very well to help with division. After about 30 minutes he told me that he felt more confident and that he liked how I was helping him. For homework, he will practice his multiplication tables three times a day and read a chapter and write down three things he remembers."
"The student completed a phonics worksheet and a manuscript writing worksheet. He also read the book "Go Dog Go" by P. H. Eastman. Together we read 2 chapters of the second book in "The Magic Tree House" series. He also examined a map of Northern Europe and sounded out the names of the various countries. Today I noticed a marked improvement in his confidence and reading ability from when we first began working together."
"This was my first meeting with the student. He is a good student who wants to do even better. Though he wants to work on his test taking skills, the clearest area where he could make real improvements is his writing. He has a reading and writing assignment for next week. We will continue to go over some of the basic principles of rhetoric. He has the motivation and intelligence to make rapid improvement."