Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over writing fluency, sentence structure, and writing speed. He is very smart and very hard working. He is starting to understand how to use transitional words and his writing fluency has improved greatly."
"We spent the entire session reviewing a final draft of text structures for ELA. He chose sports as the topic, and we completed stories about sports in five different text structures. He even had the resourcefulness to go online and print out an extra handout with transition phrases to guide him! It was a LOT of work, but he continued to remain upbeat and driven."
"This session, the student and I reviewed his essay on the primary reason for the rise of Egypt. We discussed aspects of writing argumentative essays, the importance of a general introduction which does not give away key details, introducing the counterexample with "although" and ways to be more specific with certain supporting details. We also discussed correct citation. We rewrote two paragraphs from the essay with these edits in mind during our session and discussed how these changes improved the essay. For next time, please write an analytical essay about a scientific topic you find fascinating, explaining the scientific process."
"Today the student's focus was much better than it has been the past few weeks, which was great for our session. I decided that we should start with some consonant blending and vowel sound practice. I'm hoping this will help her when she's sounding out words that she knows and ones that she doesn't. We identified long and short vowels and vowel combinations, then matched them to their sound. She did really well today, so I am hoping that this will be helpful and reflect in her reading."
"We worked on short u words today. Thursday will be the student's test. She also read a passage and answered questions. She will be working on being more independent when working on her comprehension. She is also working on fluency and becoming more confident in her reading. She has three new sight words to practice."
"The student and I started looking at some parts of writing proper sentences. We focused today on words that should be capitalized in sentences. I brought a poster and we reviewed these rules. One thing he has a tendency to do is capitalize b and d in the middle of a sentence. This is a common mistake that is made since the lowercase letters are so similar. Students often find it safer to write the capital letter because they are more easily about to tell a difference. We will continue to work on this."