Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over reading comprehension testing strategies. The first section we worked on atoms which covered basic comprehension of material. The second section was on ancient recipes found in tombs in China. The questions for this section focused on context clues, paragraph structure and basic comprehension. He seemed to be engaged this session and liked the straight-forward approach of the session."
"We started with a freewrite that the student read aloud and worked on some winter-themed syllabication words. When he uses the hand-chin method, he does very well in identifying the sound parts of the word. We worked on sound parts and the snapping method so that he continues to break up words that he doesn't know when reading. He also brought in his English class writing graphic organizer which we'll work with next week. We worked on two examples of sentence unscrambling and combining, which he showed some improvement with today. We finished by reading the first 12 pages in the Walter Dean Myers novel Monster. I asked him to read 10 pages before our Monday session."
"Today the student and I covered reading material for his upcoming English midterm. We reviewed previously read books including The Outsiders, and I am Malala. In these books we covered concepts such as the role of women, culture, and environment. He seemed generally interested in what we were doing."
"Student 1 and I worked on math again. We continued working on reducing fractions. She retained the majority of what we worked on Monday, and we learned how to convert mixed numbers as well. Student 2 picked out a book for us to read that was very short, and she had obviously read many times. She was very excited to see that I brought another Elephant and Piggie book. She loves these books! The humor and cute pictures help keep her engaged."
"Tonight the student wrote his personal essay based on the interview he did with his father. We were able to get some strong grammar lessons in during the writing process, which was helpful. We worked on combining sentences and adding parenthetical clauses, which he really picked up on by the end of the session. The paper was about his and his father's love of sports and the way it became a huge part of their lives, as well as the lessons the student had learned from his dad and the differences in his professional goals."
"The student continued reading "O'Sullivan Stew" out loud, and I made a list of words he mispronounced. We went over that list, and there were still 2 words he couldn't get. Then, he worked on 2 reading comprehension passages and got most of the questions correct. Then, we worked on a detailed passage that had comprehension and analysis questions he had to write out."