Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met the students at their home. We discussed the on-line high school they are attending and what credits they need to acquire in order to graduate. I then helped them chart work that needs to be accomplished in their English course. I counseled them in the hope of getting them caught up on some of their assignments. We worked specifically on an assignment comparing two poems, one by DH Lawrence and the other by Robert Hayden. The assignment focused on defining themes and sensory images. Together we reviewed brief bios of both writers. They did strong work in identifying sensory images and finding textual evidence. When that work was completed, we discussed two other upcoming writing assignments and brainstormed ideas. One assignment involves the history of technology and strategic thinking."
"We covered chapters 5-11 of Frankenstein and expanded upon our notes/outline from last time. Made sure to make culturally relevant connections (Mont Blanc by Percy Shelley, naming children, etc.) as well as placing some modern insights on the changing mental states of the characters (attachment disorders). Very cool stuff to talk and think about."
"We spent the entire time examining essay writing and practicing essay planning for the writing portion of the assessment exam. The student could use more help with thesis writing and learning how to mesh all aspects of an essay together to create a cohesive text. We discussed topic sentence writing, transitions, and introductory and concluding paragraphs. I think in the long run this will also help him with reading comprehension; if he understands how a piece of writing works and can imagine what the writer was thinking at the time he or she wrote the text, he will have a much easier time following along and fully comprehending it."
"The student and I worked on an annotated reading of "The General Slocum Disaster." I read it to him first, then had him fill in a "Who, What, When, Where, Why" graphic organizer. Then I had him read the article and annotate it, circling unfamiliar words. We talked about the words, and I had him use context clues and sentences using the words to try to figure out their meaning. He seems to struggle with finding the main idea of the article. He can pick out details, but he doesn't seem to see the big picture. I asked him to read more over the holiday break, and told him we'd work more on the article next visit. He likes working on vocabulary with his mom online, so he will be reviewing that on his break as well."
"Since tonight was the first session, I wanted to get an idea of the student's personality. We mainly worked on his math together, which covered multiplication. This is a new concept for him, but he did well with it. We then did oral reading practice. He read a book on a 2.1 reading level, and did show some difficulty. Practicing sight words and reviewing blends and digraphs will assist him in building his reading level. He is a kind child, and was a pleasure to work with. He smiled a lot, which is great since he was struggling through some of the concepts."
"We covered summarizing more and finished up some work from the previous session. The student was able to think through and write 3 more sentences that answered the "how?" for a summary. He was alert and ready to give it his best! After we reviewed summarizing, we did an activity about inferencing where he had to use the clues in a short riddle to figure out where the location was. I had him highlight all the clues so they were easy to go back and find. His attitude was excellent tonight. He also did very well talking through his answers with me. I think the moving the time to an earlier tutoring session turned out successful!"