Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our final session together, the student and I did one last read through of her letter to our state representative. I helped her long ago with her outline for this, and it is amazing to see how she has transformed it into a final product! We finished the evening by reviewing some of the very first vocabulary units for the year. I had a great experience working with her this year!"
"In today's session, we focused on reading for accuracy more so than speed. The student improved from reading 69 words per minute to 101 words per minute. He has gotten a lot better at catching his own mistakes when reading. And as always, we incorporated vocabulary and comprehension as he learned two new words and their meanings and answered the questions following the passage, respectively. His attitude towards reading was better than usual. I suggested that he read every day after school, which will only help him get better at it. I also worked to change his mindset on both to be more positive and to be fun. We will continue to work on this."
"The student wrote an essay from a prompt I gave her, and we reviewed what she had written. She followed the steps of the writing process that we had previously discussed. She did a nice job organizing her essay and coming up with supporting ideas, but needed some help with her introduction and conclusion. We revised the introduction and worked on her thesis statement, topic sentences, and conclusion. We also worked on transitions. She focused on her word choice and on being very specific and vivid in her descriptions. She did a very nice job improving her sentences. I will send her a list of vivid verbs. Next week, we will look at some reading passages and how word choice affects them."
"The student and I worked on two different strategies that focus on practicing his skills regarding auditory processing. We wrote a short story together and read two chapters of a book. We took turns with the reading and the writing. We also stopped and discussed different parts of the book to aid in comprehension and processing."
"Today we worked on figurative language, focusing on paradox but reviewing all forms. The student did a good job of understanding paradox and being able to differentiate that form of figurative language from irony and oxymoron, which are similar but different. She did a great job identifying figurative language and creating her own."
"The purpose of today's session was to finish working on rewriting the student's response paragraphs that his teacher sent me earlier this week. He worked for about an hour on the second paragraph. Once he was happy with the way that the paragraph sounded, we revisited the first paragraph."