Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started the student with a reading comprehension practice that is easier than the ones I gave him previously. The easier material seemed to suit him better and he completed the worksheet without a problem. Afterwards, I reviewed his spelling words with him. After some practice, he was able to spell most of the words accurately. Finally, we reviewed some grammar concepts to wrap up the lesson."
"On Saturday, we picked up where we left discussing sentence structure, although I went over the highlights of different kinds of clauses before we continued. And, also, simple and compound sentences. We spent quite a bit of time discussing complex and compound-complex sentences - and, especially, how to tell the difference between them, how to recognize them - and used examples from his textbook as well as examples I made up. We concluded by discussing his progress in reading The House of the Scorpion - which he is now halfway through - and discussing themes in the text lead to a discussion about totalitarian forms of government, ethics issues related to science, etc. I asked him to continue writing the story he'd begun the previous week so that we can discuss it (and the sentences he uses, to identify them according to type) for Wednesday."
"The student submitted his first writing assignment on TC Boyles' "Los Gigantes. We reviewed three handouts on essay writing using the Toulmin "Claim-Evidence-Commentary" model, and I asked him to take a second, then a third turn at incorporating critical thinking question and structure into his piece. It's clear that he reads and understands well."
"Worked with the student on identifying details that support a thesis. Went over his essay together and what he needs to do to become a stronger writer. Also discussed finding details in novels that are pertinent to themes and the significance of certain details. In order to do this, he is to write a characterization of the four main characters in the novel using a suggested model. Homework : Finish characterization, edit the first 2 paragraphs of his essay, and review part III of the novel"
"The student and I worked on a book report for his English class on the book "Monster," by Walter Dean Myers. He had previously read the book and we had done some work on the story in earlier sessions. We composed a six paragraph report that dealt with the main characters, the setting, a detailed plot summary, and a discussion of the themes. His writing has improved, although he still benefits from reminders to keep paragraphs organized and to avoid redundancies. He had some trouble with the discussion of themes as in the past, but was able to come up with a strong report."
"The student read Ana's Magic Coat. It was a level of book and he struggled with "sl" blends. His mom shared with me that he was having trouble getting seat work done in class so we did a worksheet about adjectives after the book. We then did his fluency reading for school. He read 63 words with only 2 errors! A huge improvement from the last two weeks. His mom asked if I could start tutoring Math also. Splitting our time between Reading and Math."