Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started with a free write that I had the student read aloud. He is getting better with catching his errors when reading aloud and making the changes on the paper. I checked his agenda and saw he had math homework, so we completed it together. We talked about the exams coming up and he said that his state writing test is next Tuesday and Wednesday. I looked up some released prompts for the 8th grade writing test and we went through how to identify the purpose and how to add details. He showed me his writing process and is going to bring a copy of the graphic organizer from English class tomorrow. We are going to continue working on adding details and examples to achieve a better score."
"Final Session- Today we worked on a figurative language worksheet that the student had for homework. We clarified personification, hyperbole, and metaphor. Once we completed that we went through two passages and the questions for a reading practice test in order for the student to understand how to analyze them and answer the essay question that follows the passage. We discusses what an analytical essay is and how to create an outline in order to write a more organized and cohesive essay."
"The student and I worked on an assigned book report he has due on Friday about the short story, "Do you want my opinion?" We talked about the story and walked our way through some pre-planning (discussing main ideas, asking questions, drawing comparison charts between characters). Afterward, we worked through the structure of the report and had a more open discussion about what the story meant. He was engaged in the work and discussion and did a great job."
"The student began the session by writing his spelling words in bubble letters. He was very careful about starting the letters properly. I modeled a few letters on the whiteboard to help him when he got stuck. Next he read 2 pages of his religion textbook. We discussed key concepts and he completed a description activity about Mary. After this, he chose to work on his vocabulary. I turned the words face down and he selected one. He told me the definition and developed a sentence using the word properly. The last step was writing the sentence. This activity worked well to help him learn his words and follow multi-step directions. Lastly he worked through 3 multi-step math problems. He tended to rush and needed many reminders to slow down. We are going to work more on this on Friday."
"The student really enjoyed the reading material (comic book). It was nice to see him have that much fun. Learning to enjoy reading, in whatever form, is so very important. I wouldn't recommend we read this format on a regular basis, as it's going to be of limited use for reading comprehension and grasping the meaning of involved passages, but it was a nice change of pace for the student."
"Today the student and I began our discussion of our new book, The Lost Hero. She began the book several months ago, but stopped after only reading a chapter and a half. I wanted to get into chapter two today so we skimmed chapter one together, stopping to discuss only the main events, the setting, character descriptions, and refresh her memory. We then began chapter two. We took turns reading a page and a half to two pages at a time stopping for tell-backs. Reading out loud is helpful for the student because of her dyslexia, and because this way I know immediately when she doesn't understand a word. We got three quarters of the way through chapter two. I asked her to finish chapter two and to read chapter three for homework. I told her to write down the main events from both chapters."