Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had an excellent session today. We spent our time together working on a multiplication game that he is using to review his multiplication facts. Each time he and I had to identify the products of different multiplication sentences and determine which product was higher. In the second half of our session, we reviewed his writing homework from last week where he had to take two different ideas and turn them into one cohesive paragraph. We went through and edited his writing looking at capitalization, word usage, punctuation, and spelling. His homework this week is to take his paragraph and develop the next two events in his short story. He should be doing at least one extra paragraph and has the option to do two more if he feels like he's ready to write it."
"The student and I continued our work on spelling today, starting with an exercise meant to help her remember how to spell words she has seen before. We also focused on using the dictionary when she's in doubt about a word and on proofreading. She is quite good at finding words in the dictionary when she has an idea what the first two or three letters might be. I'm encouraging her to read as much as possible and maintain her journal five days a week. So far, she's doing well at the latter exercise, and her mom has given her a new book to read. The plan is to have her read and write whenever we meet so she can apply what she has learned and expand on her abilities in the other mechanics of writing, such as punctuation."
"The student and I spent this session covering the material for his presentation on Abraham Lincoln. We covered all the major parts of the presentation, including topics such as his posture, the topics he was going to talk about and the facts he was going to discuss. He seems well prepared and most of the information we covered, he had already prepared. It was simply a matter of organizing his material."
"We covered how a dialogue is punctuated. The student understood how to do it by the end of our session. For homework, she's supposed to do extracurricular reading regularly."
"The student worked on his practice essay for the state assessment exam. Using the prompt and outline his teacher provided, he completed the essay and seemed very proud of his work. We decided to swap the third supporting paragraph for something he felt more confident writing about, and we also went through the essay to fix some grammar issues."
"We practiced using ser in the past tense and using "above" and "below." I incorporated household items vocabulary in our activities. The student is always eager to learn and has lots of questions, which is great. I've been using visuals to teach vocabulary. I left two activity sheets for her to practice making sentences with "above" and "below." I also encouraged her to look up alphabet songs, concentrating on the pronunciation of the vowels."