Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed the short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" and how the student might write a response to literature about it. We discussed the importance of reading long-form materials (fiction or non-fiction books) on a daily basis. Then we spent the bulk of the lesson talking about daily writing exercises: ten-minute warm-ups, journal prompts, personal journals, creative writing, and expository writing. I gave him several lists of writing prompts to get him started. I also gave him his corrected essay back to him with my version of a brainstorming graphic organizer and some suggestions as to how he could expand it if he wanted."
"The student prepared 2 paragraphs summarizing the first 2 chapters of his summer reading. While his writing consisted of simple, unadorned sentences, his verb tense was overall consistent and his grammar was solid. Following my review of these, he played a round of "irregular past tense" bingo. In a change from last week, he was not given both the present and past tense of the verbs on the game board. Instead, I called out the present tense and he needed to identify its pair. Initially, he had a bit of trouble with this, but he was able to successfully pair most of the verbs. To practice verb tense consistency, I had him convert a paragraph in the present tense to one in the past tense, including both regular and irregular past tense verbs. Lastly, I introduced him to common prefixes, in order to assist him in building his vocabulary. He was given examples for words beginning with the common prefixes "bi," "uni," "mis," etc. and asked to determine how each example related to the prefix."
"I began student #1's lesson by reviewing her spelling and vocab words, which she showed great improvement with. Afterwards, I gave her a few grammar worksheets based on adverbs to see her current understanding of them. Finally, I taught her how to create a more detailed writing outline and together we worked on a writing prompt. For student #2, I started the lesson by reviewing her vocab and spelling words for the independent school entrance test. Afterwards, I reviewed her essay from last week with her and discussed all the ways in which she could improve. Finally, I had her complete a reading portion of an practice test, which I will grade next week and discuss the results with her."
"The student practiced telling time by identifying time shown in clocks and drawing his own time. He also engaged in critical thinking math problems to further strengthen his ability to solve word problems. He read a story about the Great Sea Creature to engage in before, during, and after reading activities. He was able to make predictions, find evidence to support his reasoning, and analyze the text."
"The student worked on dependent clauses and combining independent and dependent clauses in novel ways. We applied these skills to his current practice essay, analyzing the ways we can vary sentence structure. We also went over comma rules."
"I practiced letter flashcards with the student and helped her to trace letters, as requested. Her brother read aloud through two of his phonics storybooks and wrote two sentences about going rock climbing."