Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I organized his homework folder first. He then completed two problems on his math homework, so I knew that he didn't need my help on it. We then moved onto Reading. First we completed an adjective worksheet. He seems to understand adjectives very well. We worked on him slowing down a bit. At times he would miss adjectives due to rushing. We ended the session with working on Author's purpose. The student had some trouble with this concept. We read the questions before reading the passage. I worked on sentence structure and fluency with him while completing this worksheet also."
"We went over the student's writing assignment which was a descriptive essay about sharks. We discussed the importance of trying to use new and more descriptive words. He read aloud from his new choice book from school. We also discussed homonyms and homophones and what the difference is."
"Topics: Reading, reading comprehension, history, geography. Progress: This session was a huge improvement over the last one, for many reasons. The student was not distracted in a serious way by his surroundings or other objects, and we were able to make excellent progress through a fairly difficult book. His reading was more steady and he was engaged with the story. He followed the story-line and was able to answer my questions throughout the book, even challenging ones. We were reading the story of a poor immigrant family leaving their home in Scandinavia, sometime in the late 1800s, due to a drought, and sailing to America. Whatever its shortcomings, I think this type of book is excellent for this student-- historical short stories that have action and suspense, but also clue him in to the background of the US and its people. World history would be great, but I haven't found any to fit that category. I will try to repeat our success at the next session."
"I was able to push the student to write more fluidly and fluently, and he responded well. He agreed firmly to pursue additional aids for his writing. We had little time for anything else this session."
"We reviewed the student's spelling book and continued with two spelling tests. I tested her on a few reading comprehension questions and timed her set reading rate. The student is a capable reader even though she struggles with vocabulary words. I sent home two pages of both reading comprehension and spelling homework."
"It was a pleasure to work with the student! As a sophomore in college, she's taking her first course that requires her to write essays in English. Her first paper for the course, which we spent our session working on, is about Joan Didion's "On Going Home." We spent the bulk of our session reading the essay to ensure that she understood the subject matter well. We then developed a salient argument and she outlined a draft of the paper. As we worked, we went over techniques for writing effective essays, such as how much information about a source is required to orient readers to the subject of a paper and how to reveal this information while also analyzing it. We also went over how to format a paper in MLA format, which her course requires. Her understanding of her source material and her confidence in her ability to complete her assignment increased noticeably over the course of the session. She began to write as soon as I left!"