Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"One of the areas that we covered was the listening skills then writing his interpretation of the material in a paragraph. We then covered how he will organize his thoughts on the topic that we covered and the materials that can be used to construct a short topic phrase outline. We covered how to create sentences from the short topic phrases for a five paragraph essay. We covered the writing components of paragraph construction for essays. This includes the introduction paragraph, text paragraphs, and the conclusion that summarizes all of the pertinent information covered in the text."
"* The student correctly solved 4 pages of math homework, adding and subtracting negative numbers! * She worked on researching and typing a report on the Boston Massacre. * She is doing well at adjusting to the higher standards as she progresses toward middle school."
"For our first session, the student and I got to know one another and established goals. Reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition are our main areas of focus. We reviewed some vocab exercises and discussed active reading strategies. Before our next session, she will read a short essay and take notes outlining the active reading strategies she practiced. She'll also establish a vocabulary journal, and together we will work on finding her reading material that will get her engaged."
"The student came to this session prepared with the rough draft of her comparative essay. We read through the whole paper together, and I made suggestions as to how she could improve the writing. The paper was strong, I mostly focused her on providing adequate context when introducing quotes. I also encouraged her to work on transitions between paragraphs (her transitions within paragraphs were well done). We also worked on topic sentences, which should foreshadow the points made in the paragraph."
"The student worked through some more reading comprehension passages, eventually to the point where he was doing them himself. He is usually capable of getting all the questions right or missing one of the questions. I will continue working with him until it is natural for him to answer all the questions correctly. We spent about 45 minutes finishing up a 5 paragraph essay I had assigned him. During this time, I focused on how to logically structure paragraphs in an argumentative essay so that they make the most sense. I will continue to work with him on this matter as he still needs guidance towards making the best possible argument."
"The student and I did a review packet for her history class, and then I had her read for me. She read from Fever, 1793, which she is reading in her lit. class. Together, we took notes on the book, and we discussed how to figure out what constitutes "important information" and how to record that information. Then, I left her a checklist for reading, which included remembering to wear her glasses; taking pauses after commas, periods, and paragraphs when reading out loud; and trying to wean herself off using her finger to guide her eyes."