Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we studied a packet from Social Studies that contained several historical documents about slavery and abolition. My goal was to make the content of the packet comprehensible and relatable. So I read out loud, pausing regularly for comprehension checks. I drew silly pictures to illustrate the reading (Jon Pearson comprehension techniques); I defined unfamiliar words and concepts and provided real-life examples. I also periodically asked the student to explain what we had read in his own words."
"We went through chapter 8 together and worked on some mapping (she redid her map over the weekend and made vast improvements upon it), looked over her flashcards, and gave assignments to back up the reading (a documentary on the war of 1812 to discuss in the next session, a one paragraph write up on Andrew Jackson). In English: We talked about some comma rules, which she displays a very strong grasp of, and further discussed the importance and how to choose quotes for an essay-working from Part 1 of Life of Pi."
"The student has missed several days of school over the last couple of weeks, so we spent a lot of time going over the information that he missed in class, discussing strategies to catch up on past work, and talking about the importance of contacting teachers after class to make sure that he has done all he can to stay caught up in class. We also spent time talking about chattel slavery in the Americas as a part of his history class curriculum, and also heat and molecules as they pertain to the way the universe works (stars, rapid expansion of gasses, etc.)."
"The student began by completing his math homework. He had difficulty with the analyzing word problems. I helped him understand the questions and he was able to answer them correctly. Then we studied his vocabulary and spelling words. He practiced spelling them and using them in a sentence. He is showing growth in this area he was able to create more grammatically correct sentences without assistance. We concluded our session by reading one of his books, and he was able to make connections with the story and someone he knows in life."
"First, we worked on addition and its relationship to multiplication. We followed the example and the student completed additional problems for extra credit. We reviewed the importance of learning her math facts. We finished with a reading passage and questions using our comprehension strategies."
"We worked spelling words by using each word in a 7 word sentence. We then went over the student's grade level assessment for math. We corrected the problems she got wrong and talked about why they were wrong. She still has a bit of difficulty with estimation, understanding adding or subtracting with place value, and writing out equations. These will be things to work on in future sessions."