Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I helped the student use his informal outline from the previous session to help him start writing his paragraph. We looked at the information, etc. He added to the paragraph and figured out which details were most relevant and which needed to be taken out. The student used pre-reading strategies with a story given to me by his classroom teacher. Before he started reading the story, he used the title to activate prior knowledge and then skimmed the first paragraph for new vocabulary. The student seems to be having a bit of trouble decoding words in grade-level readings."
"Made great progress on the upcoming Ancient Egypt test. Transferred flash cards into a digital study guide - he's got a very firm grasp on the material. We also went over some hw assignments from the ELA review book. Writing is getting better each day. Additionally, he's making a ton of preliminary progress on Animal Farm. All good things."
"This first session was get-to-know you and evaluation time. This student clearly is a willing, even enthusiastic learner who has some difficulty with the mechanics of writing, specifically spelling. It's a challenge she's clearly ready to overcome. She's organized and enjoys working with the materials available to her, especially if they have something to do with science. After working through some exercises that will help us determine areas to emphasize, I gave her an ongoing exercise - to keep a journal and write in it every weekday. We also practiced proofreading her work, a strategy that yielded some immediate benefits. This approach will be a focus both in our sessions and, I hope, in the classroom. She is a real pleasure to work with, and I believe she has the potential not only to improve in the areas she's working on but to become proficient in communicating through her writing."
"The student worked on an assignment in his reading packet. He was to think of and write a new ending to the fantasy book that he has just completed reading. We referred to the rubric in the packet and brainstormed ideas before he began to write. I helped him edit what he wrote. One tip I gave him was to refer to the dialogue in the book to help get the punctuation correct in his own dialogue writing."
"Today the student and I mostly focused on her prefixes, suffixes, and roots again, breaking apart the shades of meaning for them and working on her best ways to memorize them. She is really a bright girl and she is able to at least memorize all of her words short term, long enough to relate them back to me. I told her that the best way to be able to do that for the test is to keep the list fresh in her mind, going over it again a little bit every day and hopefully putting some physical activity with it to stimulate the brain."
"Tonight we covered twenty vocabulary words for tomorrow's quiz, plot events from "Jane Eyre" to prepare for a retake of the test on the entire novel, and chapter 1 of Salinger's novel. The student is always focused and on task throughout our sessions. I created some mnemonic devices to help him remember the meaning of vocabulary words."