Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This lesson with the girls focused on reading passages from teacher-supplied materials. They found the passages interesting or fun and answered verbal questions with excitement and pleasure at their mostly correct answers. The time passed quickly and they felt successful. The questions gave verbal cues to spark their memory of what they read. Next lesson will focus on giving a short synopsis of what they read."
"We started reading her second book, "The Door in the Wall" and I explained along the way things that she did not understand. I also asked her questions as we read to make sure she was retaining what she read and to do a little bit of critical thinking. No concerns from this session."
"Both students continued their practice in their reading workbooks. They were motivated to work quickly so that we could get to our reading. When asked to look over specific questions, they were able to correct their own work. We did extensive reading this section, reading five chapters of a novel."
"Today was the first session with the student, therefore, time was spent establishing the level at which she was performing, as well as finding out what instructional strategies would work best for her. She has a very positive attitude and is really adamant about attaining excellence in the area of reading and writing. She was given an assessment test and a read aloud passage. A curriculum tabled to suit her needs, will be developed and implementation will begin during the next session."
"Today we set up a new forum through which the student and I can share notes and homework. So for example, right now we have one page with articles he might want to read and one page of math review problems (his homework for Wednesday). I can also edit this from home and send more problems if I need to."
"The student read two 6th-grade passages, jotted important information from the text as he read, and answered questions afterward. The more he and I cover challenging materials together, the better he should do."
"An overall successful session. The student and I were able to discuss his vocabulary homework and compose sentences using the proper Latin roots. The student's parents informed me that he had received all B's during the first report card. He has responded well to the structure I provide and we continue to end sessions by introducing common 6th grade math concepts."
"The student and I covered expository writing. I brought over a handout that explains "What expository writing is." After we reviewed this handout, I gave him a list of prompts so he could choose a topic and then begin his brainstorming. Next, he completed a graphic organizer. Third, he completed a rough draft in which I went through and gave feedback. Then he revised his draft to add more details and incorporate transitional words and phrases."
"At this session the student continued reading in The Grimm Legacy, which she has almost finished - the third book we've read together in the past year, which I am proud of her for. She again had trouble recalling details that had occurred in sections she has already read. We discussed the new information we learned about the characters in this section, and she deduced the meanings of "scullery maid" and "swineherd" from the context and from the words themselves. We discussed what parts of the mystery remain to be solved in the last few chapters of the book."
"Good first session with the student. We spent most of the hour getting to know each other, discussing which subjects he is working on in school, and what he feels more and less confident about in general. He definitely has some catching up to do with spelling, penmanship, and reading comprehension, but he's a bright kid and shows lots of promise. Next session, we will begin reading an assigned book together."
"Student #1 and I went over her latest paper that she had worked on expanding this past week. We also discussed how to identify the subject and verb in sentences and when it is appropriate to use a conjunction. Student #2 and I went over a paper he was writing in class. He needed to eliminate all of the passive voice, so we talked about strategies to do so."
"Today we quickly reviewed quiz materials and discussed the instructor's allotments. The next assignment has been made available and we reviewed the requirements. This one is much more broad than others have been and we have found that there are several ways the student can attempt this. I mentioned that it might be best to propose two thesis ideas to his professor to get a better idea of what he wants out of this essay. Based on the performance of his first assignment, this is going to go very well."