Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had the student read two stories, highlight the important facts from each paragraph, and answer the questions. She did well on answering the questions. Most of the answers she knew, but for some of the questions she needed to go back to the story and find her answers. I also had her circle the words that she had problems sounding out, and I had her write the words down. I then had her say the words again to make sure she knew how to pronounce them. I gave her homework to read a story and answer the questions and put the answers in a puzzle. I told her I would check it when I tutor her on Wednesday. We had a good session."
"We finished re-reading the Kozol letter, then started work on planning for the essay, which will be a similar letter from either Woodson or Montessori to Kozol taking issue with some aspect of his argument. We discussed the likely points on which these three might disagree and some of the points on which they might agree. The student decided that he would go ahead with a letter from Montessori to Kozol. His use of language and argumentation have improved considerably since we started working together, and I believe that this reflects his clearer reading/ comprehension and thinking."
"This session was to focus on fixing the small issues on the student's RRR paper. We then spent the rest of our time preparing for her upcoming research paper. We discussed how to search for scholarly sources, built a plan for her annotated bibliographies, and reviewed what she'll need for her thesis and outline."
"Today we continued working on the student's research paper. She had her sources printed out and ready to be annotated as they were due on Monday. We annotated two of her four sources, and we worked together on finding the key points that would lead to a thesis statement. By the end of our second annotation, she had picked up what to look for in a quick and useful fashion. We then began work on her work cited so she could have this accomplished for Tuesday. If she continues at this pace, her paper will be well ready before its due date!"
"* The student and her family are very excited!! * Her first quarter grades showed 6 A's and 3 B's!! * She is doing very well and has as a goal to get all A's next quarter. * She has focus and is moving toward her goal!!"
"We covered narrative, character development, and plot. I had the student read the first two chapters of The Great Gatsby. After he read a chapter, we would discuss what he read. I gave him some homework, which was to read the first two chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I told him to expect a quiz on Wednesday that would discuss details and plots."