Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This evening, the student and I worked primarily on the concept of vocabulary in context. In addition to reviewing her current vocabulary words, I marked up a section of a new book I am having her read. I underlined a number of moderate-to-challenging words within the section and asked her to define the words based on the context given. She ultimately had a 60% success rate in identifying the words in context. We worked through the section and reviewed all of the words, focusing on key elements of the text that could have/did (depending on the word) clued her in to the context of the word's definition. I believe that our work together is giving her a stronger foundation in this concept and I look forward to making that foundation even stronger over time."
"This session was utilized by giving the student support in the area of irregular verbs. The student and the tutor covered the assigned homework. The tutor offered suggestions and corrections to improve the student's understanding of the subject matter. The student and tutor worked on the areas of irregular verbs through worksheets and in the text to give the student greater access to the verb purposes."
"We will now begin doing English on Tuesdays and mathematics on Fridays, we began by looking at Emily Dickinson. We are working to ensure the student receives all of his homework points and thus our work revolved around reading passages, discussing meaning, and answering multiple choice response questions. We explored her life and influences on her poetry and her reclusive home and wishes to be unknown. We then touched briefly on history as they coincide with the mid to late 19th century."
"She had an essay assignment for her Shakespeare English class. We listened to some of the recording together and then I asked guided questions to help her understand what he meant and what she understood from her reading. Then she wrote the essay and I helped her edit for grammar, language use, and punctuation."
"We covered prefixes (specifically un-, re-, dis-) and context clues. The student struggles with retaining information. The student likes working on the PDF notebook. I didn't leave her with any extra practice. I always see grades progress."
"At today's session, I only worked with student 1. He brought some worksheets and questions on the assigned book. His questions were a mix of essay prompts, as well as questions covering the content in Chapters 6-8. The student and I worked together on the questions, and I talked him through some of the answers, at times. He seems to have a strong grasp of the content in the book thus far. He also had some really intuitive ideas in response to the essay prompts. I was very impressed. The student did not have any struggles today. He demonstrated a completely positive attitude, and seemed eager to get his homework done. I continued to recommend that he use some online websites if he ever needs clarification on what is happening in the book, as well as for practice questions. No concerns from today's session."
"Today, we spent almost the whole session reading a short story, annotating it, and completing a fairly extensive question sheet. I also explained to the student what the story was about and gave a short synopsis of it at the end, to help him better understand the story. Finishing a bit early, we studied for his upcoming vocabulary quiz. I did not leave additional practice and I did not see any grades."
"Introduced the letter Gg (hard sound). She can recognize the letter, knows the sound, and can decipher the beginning sound."
"Today, we reviewed previous learning to help the student get ready for her move and success at her new school."
"These are the topics we covered this session: First student: 1. Letter review A, B, C (white board activity) - practicing letter and sound identification 2. Counting (counting blocks and pompom counting cards) -Using color blocks, she did a great job showing the concept of numbers as shown on each pompom counting card she picked out. 3. Number identification 0-5 (foam puzzle) - With the help of puzzles, she was able to easily pick out numbers 0-5 and place them onto the puzzle one by one on her own. 4. Worksheets: - tracing of first name all upper case letters - Counting sets: she only needed minimal assistance in counting sets of winter clothing and matching them to their correct numeral. - Number distribution: she was asked to identify the number written on the paper first, then color the correct number of boots to match the given number. Second student: 1. Worksheets Review: long vowels a, i, o, u - He was asked to read all the given words in the word box and write the word that named each picture on the paper. - He was able to easily identify all the pictures with long vowel sounds, spell them out and write them down on the paper on his own. - He was asked to read some words written on the paper. Then, using the words provided, he needed to form new words by simply adding -e to them (i.e. cub - cube) and draw a picture to match. He was able to quickly grasp the concept with the help of illustrations."
"I introduced myself to the student and told her we would be working on reading together. I had her read the uppercase letters. She recognized all of them. She has a unique way of saying R. Her mother told me she will be starting speech therapy for it. She recognized all the lowercase letters except for d, g, and q. When asked to say the sounds for the consonants, she knew all of them except for d, x, j, y, h, r, and q. She could name all the vowels except for u. She did not know the short sound for any of the vowels except for i. When asked to read some CVC words, she recognized cat. She wrote all of the letters very neatly, mostly uppercase. I asked her to write some words she knew. Then we did different phonics/ phonemic awareness drills. I chose to focus on CV, VC, and CVC words that have the short /a/ sound. She was aware that you read from left to right. When looking at a word she could often say the letter sounds separately. She did better at spelling than reading."
"Began with two math assignments involving measurements and addition. Moved to spelling review and sentence construction, before finishing with grammar exercises."