Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the student's last tutoring lesson. We began today's session with a review of parts of speech: noun, adjective, verb, pronoun, proper noun, possessive noun, and tense (past, present, and future). He is nearing mastery level of this material. After he completed the parts of speech worksheet, we moved on to Algebra study. Specifically, he worked on 10 questions on Algebra worksheet page 18: "Solving Equations With Variables on Both Sides." We worked on these 10 Algebra problems together until they were all correct. Following our Algebra study, we moved on to journal writing. Today's journal topic: "What things are too personal to discuss with your parents? Is there anyone you can talk to about these things?" I gave the student an extended time to write today, as he was very focused on this task and his written response to the journal prompt was longer than usual. He is a strong writer. He uses vivid descriptions in his writing, and he also gives good examples that support his statements. After he finished writing his journal entry, we concluded today's tutoring session with reading. Specifically, he read -- aloud -- a one-page story titled "An Ancient Migration." This story was about the spring migration of cranes to Nebraska's Platte River. He is also a strong reader. He understands what he reads, and he makes very few pronunciation errors. He is a very bright student. It has been a pleasure tutoring him. He has made very good progress in his Algebra and English skills."
"We focused on reading comprehension work and parts of speech. Interestingly, the student did very, very well on the reading comprehension assessment I gave her, but was generally unable to explain why she chose many of the answers she chose. The marking strategies I gave her seem to have aided her in correct guesses. I want to do more assessments in the future in order to get a better sense of how I can help her improve her reading comprehension, specifically the words in context issue that her teacher has identified and the ability to explain her choice strategies."
"We had an excellent session, and the student was very attentive. We began by reading a story together, during which I quizzed him on new vocabulary and asked questions to gauge comprehension. Next, following an explanation of pen pals, we talked about the earth, solar system, continents, oceans, and the distance between them all. We followed that up with an exercise about locating information in books and other media. I had him look at a table of contents and asked him to match up various pages, authors, subjects and titles. After this, we talked about indexes and glossaries, with a comparable exercise. We finished with a review game on the parts of speech we've learned so far."