Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I presented the student with another set of common prefixes to help him determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. He had seen most of these, with the exception of "de." I gave him examples of words with the prefixes, asking him to explain the connection between the words and the translation of the prefixes. He did so in a general way, basically by restating the meaning if the prefixes. We talked these through and he exhibited more of an understanding. Due to some observed difficulties with was vs were, I spent some time explaining the correct usage and then asked him to complete some sentences, choosing the correct word. He did this largely without error. Lastly, he began a rough draft of a paragraph incorporating 5 of his vocabulary words."
"I'm training the student to be independent. I gave him guided reading for a second book to show him that he is not reading deeply enough on his own. I realized he will need to go back and read other chapters before next session. His HW is to re-read those chapters."
"We covered more of the student's packet and I gave him some of the exercises that were pure definition that he can look up and prepare for Sunday as a quiz. That way we can cover much more ground."
"The student continued working on reading. He has met the goal of 75 wpm as well as the challenge of 85 wpm. The new goal is 95 wpm by next Thursday. His comprehension was 50% as indicated by the post reading tests. He should use the passage to confirm his answer prior to settling on an answer. He's learning to highlight online and go back and review the paragraph to prove whether or not his thought is correct. He is to practice this strategy over the next few days."
"The student always likes to start the session with a game so we reviewed counting coins and she is really improving in her ability to add the tens and fives/dimes and nickels. Next she read a non-fiction selection which was followed by vocabulary skills, verbs with endings and reading comprehension. She is really doing well at sounding out unfamiliar words. Next week we will work on adding endings to verbs and spelling them. Finally we reviewed homophones and took turns making sentences using the correct form of the various homophones."
"We had a very effective session today. The student's essay was well written and argued. He scored very well on the set of practice questions. His most important issue with these questions is getting used to their format; he knows the underlying principles of grammar and writing quite well. I edited his essay pretty extensively while he worked on practice problems, and now I want him to do his own rewrite, as well as several more sets of practice problems before we meet next week."