Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I completed 2 more sections of Maniac Magee. He identified some words that he did not know, and I also picked some words from the reading. We discussed definitions, often having him figure out the definitions from reading context. I also administered reading comprehension quizzes, which he performed well on. His current novel uses a large number of similes and metaphors. He was unfamiliar with these terms/concepts, so we defined, discussed, and found examples of them in the work. He will be writing 5 metaphors and 5 similes as part of his homework. He also completed the 8th grade assessment exam today scoring a 516 out of 600 which is labeled as "passing at an advanced level." We will begin the 8th grade writing assessment exam practice if time permits next week. He will be finishing Maniac Magee (Part III) for next week."
"The student was excited to discuss the book, Things Fall Apart. We discussed issues in the book and questions she had regarding the killing of a character, polygamy, holidays, colonization, and religious conversion. Then we read the study guide questions. She was able to answer all of them correctly. We also discussed upcoming tests and assignments for her Literature class, creating a rough schedule for completing the assignments and the readings. I will be texting her reminders for these."
"We did over 15 sentence structure questions that the student has been improving on. We also worked on some long multiplication problems that he asked to practice. The last 20 minutes I had him read out loud articles on the internet. Great session!"
"The student and I prepared for her upcoming test on the French Revolution and the Reign Of Napoleon. We reviewed and practiced key concepts. I continue to stress the importance of knowing the vocabulary in order to develop a structure of understanding for the text."
"We went over long and short vowels and prefixes. The student did really well today. He got through all the exercises I assigned, and he took instruction very well. We even had time for him to write a journal post for five minutes."
"I continue to introduce creative reading and writing options, such as helping the student write her own books, or creating books that are either about her or topics that she requests in advance. I will try to find more interesting topics for next week. She has let me know that she prefers informative literature to fiction, so that is helpful."