Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began today's tutoring lesson with a review of parts of speech: noun, adjective, verb, pronoun, proper noun, possessive noun, and tense (past, present, and future). She is nearing mastery level of this material. We then moved on to vocabulary development. We then moved on to our study of idioms. Today, we went over the idioms in Chapter #7: "When Things Go Well." A few of the idioms that this chapter included are: 1) For a Song (for very little money), 2) Make a Splash (be successful and attract attention), and 3) Have the World by the Tail (be successful and happy). She was familiar with many of the 10 idioms in this specific chapter. After we finished our study of idioms, she completed a grammar worksheet. We concluded today's tutoring lesson with short story writing. Specifically, we reviewed the two-page "Creating a Short Story" Worksheet. This worksheet includes the following English terms: Exposition (setting, main characters, minor characters, and mood); conflict; rising action / events; climax; falling action; and resolution. I had Ali complete this worksheet as an organizing tool for his short story. After she completed the "Creating a Short Story" Worksheet, I let her use the remaining time to write. I will be giving her additional time to complete her short story in the lessons ahead. She is a very bright student who is eager to learn. She is always focused on the task at hand."
"We covered phonics, worked with interactive books, read passages, and answered questions. The student was able to move up to 3rd grade level. She still struggles with sounding out words and pronunciation."
"An excellent session. The student's family was going to come down and observe the last few minutes of his sessions, so he was particularly motivated to do a good job and show them what he's accomplished. We opened the session with reading, after which I asked him questions to gauge comprehension; he got every one correct. We also did several exercises on alphabetical order and regular and irregular verb endings. We ended the lesson with a small bit of writing and a game where he had to discover and correct parts of sentences that were wrong. His improvement in pronunciation is also marked."
"We worked on the same question set again today. We worked on timing and skimming again today and I am very happy to say that the student is reading between 90 and 100 words in just over a minute, which puts her speed very near that of her peers. She is also improving consistently with her sight words. Her comprehension is good but I would like to see some improvement in independent thinking. We are also going to begin focusing more on spelling and adding -ed, -ing, -ly, etc., endings to words to help improve her spelling, vocabulary, and pronunciation."
"Today we worked on reading and writing for half our time and focused on vocabulary - the student took 2 practice quizzes and earned a 100% each time. He was also able to write his own sentences for each word, which means he understands the meaning of them. We talked about and worked on adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators. He was able to easily complete adding and subtracting with like denominators but needed more instruction on solving questions unlike denominators. When we were through, he was able to complete this task with ease. He also was simplifying fractions easily and didn't need more instruction on this part of the math curriculum."
"We went over the first chapter of the student's book and got to know each other a little. I hope that the student will find some English resources that she enjoys. I recommend resources including TV, movies, podcasts, music, and books. Lovely to meet you both!"