Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight the student and I worked on her definition essay. We edited the document for grammar, tone, and cohesiveness. She has a good grasp of essay writing and just needs to work on connecting ideas in a deeper manner. She writes very well and is an enthusiastic student. Next session we will work on editing and refining her rhetorical precis for class."
"We went over the assigned homework and talked about the concepts the student is working on in class. We then started on the book To Kill a Mockingbird. I also assigned 9 vocab words."
"Today I provided a brand new package of sight word flash cards for the student. These should be used to practice in between sessions much like she had done since my initial visit on Thursday. She mastered the 4 sight words: her, here, ride and want. We decided 7 words per session would be the goal to complete that set of cards within 6 weeks. It must be noted, too, that the student and her mom had done homemade (approx. 30) cards as well! Much to the student's chagrin, I broke out the Dora Explorer phonics booklets that she thinks she's too old for. I politely let her know that as soon as she can demonstrate mastery over reading the 12 books, we wouldn't have her continuing to use them. We started with book #1 focused on the short "a" sound. She very slowly, but competently, read the first 2 pages. After choosing 7 words from the "easy" words, I had her write them down on her paper and I began a journal book where I'd like to see her write and practice those words. Finally, I had her complete a spelling tile chart, one that focused on body parts. She completed it surprisingly quickly. Great Job!"
"The student and I discussed his written responses to questions on Huckleberry Finn. We discussed how best to categorize evidence from his interpretation to improve his responses. We also discussed what he saw as the most prevalent themes of the novel as they are addressed in each section. He tends to get a little reticent to offer potential responses when he doesn't have a strong instinct, but once we begin to discuss a possible answer he demonstrates clear and convincing thinking."
"We focused more on sentence structure today. The student seemed mostly positive about the material. I asked him to continue reading for fun, and to practice proper handwriting. His Mom said that his teacher was very pleased with his recent work. I think we need to work on more explicit grammar instruction in the future."
"We went over the student's poem assignment--the criteria and how to approach his revision to fulfill the intentions of the assignment. We restructured the poem and revised the content of the poem to reflect the improved structure. I pushed for more creative expressions of language and specific details; over all, it's a huge improvement upon the original poem, and he has a better handle of what the criteria was asking from him. Going forward, we're going to tackle one unit from the online course each week. He's supposed to email me and turn in his completed assignments for the week for the sake of accountability. I encouraged him to ask his teacher (and me) any questions about the material or the assignments. That should help with this comprehension problems. As for his time management, make sure he sets aside time on the weekends to finish his outstanding assignments before starting the new week."