Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student began today's tutoring lesson by completing a parts of speech worksheet. The following English terms are included on this worksheet: 1) noun, 2) adjective, 3) verb, 4) pronoun, 5) proper noun, 6) possessive noun, and 7) tense (past, present, and future). The student is nearing mastery level in this material (parts of speech). After the student completed the parts of speech worksheet, we moved on to Algebra. Specifically, the student completed page 17: "An Equation for Success." This worksheet deals with solving basic combined algebraic equations (with like terms). We worked on the 10 remaining Algebra problems together until they were all done correctly. After the student completed his Algebra work, we moved on to writing. Today, the student made a one-paragraph journal entry. Today's journal prompt / topic: "Do you think you have too many chores? If you could be the one to assign the chores in your house, what would you give yourself to do?" After the student finished writing his response to the journal prompt, he read his written answer to me aloud. He is a strong writer. He knows how to write interesting and descriptive sentences. After the student finished writing his one-paragraph journal entry, we moved on to reading. Today, the student read aloud a short, one-page story titled "Bird Garden" (p. 50 -- topic: hummingbirds). He is a very strong reader. He makes very few pronunciation errors. After the student read the one-page passage to me, he completed a page of comprehension questions (p. 51 -- related to the story he just read). The comprehension questions are to check for understanding. Does the student understand what he reads? Out of the 19 comprehension questions, the student correctly answered 18 of them (95% -- Bravo!). The student is making good progress in his Algebra and English. He is very attentive and always focused on the task at hand. Thus our tutoring session are very productive."
"This was a very productive session. We went through the worksheet I assigned last time, noting differences between Their/There/They're. They found this pretty easy, except in cases of "is there, are there". We also did a worksheet together identifying adverbs and the verbs they modify, which they also found easy. Then we returned to verb tense, focusing on how a change in verb tense changes the meaning of a sentence, (particularly with is/was/had been) talking about progression of chronology in tense ("we had done this, then we did this, now we are that!"). The students definitely found it difficult to identify the implications within some different verb tenses, but it got easier over time, and I plan to bring more exercises dealing with this to our next session. We then went through another editing worksheet, focused on identifying inconsistency in verb tense and correcting these mistakes. I left them with two different worksheets focused on editing that are arranged in multiple choice, so they should be a bit simpler to complete on their own. At our next meeting, we will go over this worksheet, continue talking about verb tense, and work on an editing exercise focused on identifying a number of different types of problems in the same piece of text."
"We covered reading passages and answered questions, constructed sentences and played a comic strip game. I see slow progress with vocab. The student struggles with phonics and reading comprehension. I talked with his mom and suggested a comic book."
"Tonight was a short session, which we used to do a few slides for a Politics presentation about health care. We made four slides, about health care in the US in general, health care in specific states, the plans of presidential candidates, and the student's opinions."
"The student has a grammar test on object and subject pronouns and pronouns in pairs this week, so we practiced on those concepts. She completed several worksheets and wrote some examples from her book. She only missed 2 out of the many sentences she did. When she read the ones aloud that she missed, she was immediately able to hear her mistake. I suggested that she read them to herself when taking the test to help her 'hear' the correct answer. Next week, she wants to work on using 'who' and 'whom' correctly. She did a great job tonight."
"Today the student and I read for about 40 minutes. We focused on sounding out words and stopping on words he is unfamiliar with. He did well on both of these. We also went over his spelling test for later this week, he's doing really great! There were only three words that he messed up on, and we practiced those separately quite a few times until he was feeling better about them. He will still need to practice them again before his test, but it's looking good."