Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on practice multiple-choice questions. The goal is to make him more comfortable with reading pieces that he finds not so interesting. We were also going over strategies for answering multiple-choice questions."
"The student continues to excel in all his studies, securing all A's in all classes, which is excellent. He has a fine grasp of English across writing, editing, punctuation, writer intention and theme interpretations. At this session, we continued to proceed through Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, analyzing characters and actions and Twain's continued use of irony. We also took three practice tests utilizing a public school testing website representing the type of upcoming tests he will be taking to help determine the high school he will attend. Our hour is effectively divided up between these sections of current class needs, reading and analyzing Huck Finn and taking practice tests. This seems to be a very good use of our time and we'll proceed further at the next session in two weeks."
"We reviewed the guided notes strategy of story mapping. The student read the book Hurricane and completed the story along with the book. The student did excellent completing the story map. Then she read Rapunzel and completed the guided notes of a sequence chain. She then read the beginning of Junie B. Jones to observe if the level book can be read. She did great reading. I gave her homework to complete reading three chapters and assigned one chapter to complete a story map."
"The student began working on a book report for the book, "The Buzz About Bees." I read the story while the student took notes. We then turned the notes into most of a book report. He was assigned to conclude the report on his own."
"The student was focused and willing to work; he attempted and finished all items presented to him. We began by playing a quick game, which seemed to ease the transition to reading activities. Specifically, he read two chapters of the book "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory", he also worked on a word search activity (related to the book). He then read two passages: "Jackson's Day", and "Let's Bake Cookies"; I recorded time on these. Throughout the reading activities, he practiced fluency, reading comprehension and context clues (for finding meaning of unknown words). He was engaged and did not avoid the tasks. Strategies for the session included: visual schedule, motivator game, verbal praise, incidental teaching, and Socratic method. Good job!"
"We continued with two lessons on sounds/phonetics from the book. The student handled the information well and made some positive progress. We also used flash cards with words and sounds that her mother uses to help her. The prior material helped reinforce the sounds she was learning and she did so much better. Finally, we read a few pages in a story book I brought with me. She loves to read and was pleased when she remembered and recognized key words. She needs a variety of modalities as learning guides. She practices words/sounds with her mom and I will continue to introduce additional learning styles and tools to help her along. As learners, we all respond differently to stimuli and materials so, it's imperative to add variety to every lesson plan. She is making progress and I'm so proud of her."