Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over words that used a to make the short o sound (aw, ard, ark, all) continuing our theme of phonics with the letter A. We used all the vocabulary words to write a full story, an exercise that showed me how creatively the student can think. We also went over prepositions, a lesson I will be building on in the next few sessions."
"During this session, we went over the adverbs. We discussed the function of adverbs and their position in the sentence. He also practiced reading."
"We looked at a writing sample from the student and used that to build our tutoring session. We discussed how to identify when a sentence or thought should end by listening for a pause when reading aloud. By the end of the session the student was identifying sentence endings and using a period as punctuation 90% or more of the time! Writing the sentence down before reading it aloud also helped her "hear" when something she wrote didn't sound right. We also discussed pronouns, singular nouns, and plural nouns. I will email the student some grammar rule "charts" to aid her while she is working on her independent writing. She will work on another writing piece for our Wednesday night session."
"The student read three level C books and two level D books. The student takes her time reading and answering her questions, giving lots of detail. When reviewing our sight words, the student knows almost all of them! She still needs to practice the words "make" and "away". Some other tricky words in the books for the student were "us" and "has". The student gets stuck on "th" words, so we will review these next week. Great job yesterday!"
"The student and I continued to read HP4 today. The series plot has now evolved to incorporate a great number of shady characters with hidden agendas, long-boiling twists, and frequent associations and callbacks between characters and events across the books. In order to do this, the books make frequent use of wordplay and subtext. It's a lot for any kid to deal with, especially one who is still working to master English. He has exceeded all of my expectations with how quickly and naturally he has grasped all of these complicated language elements."
"Continuing where we left off from our previous session, the student and I covered a lot more ground with her application, this time with greater emphasis on her research and clinical experiences. She is an exceptionally accomplished student and her application clearly showcases her talents and dedication to medicine. I have no doubt that once we polish the remaining parts of her application, she'll be in phenomenal shape for this coming application cycle."