Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began the session by working on some ELA homework that I gave her. She and I had a talk about the assigned book where we compared and contrasted the characters of the book. We spoke about the short comings of each character and made connections between their actions and their outlook of life. We also researched the time era of the book so that the student could better understand the conditions that existed in the story. Once we completed the discussion of chapter two of the book, she then wrote a summary of the chapter and answered several comprehension questions. Afterwards we previewed chapter 3 and I left her extra worksheets pertaining to the story."
"Today's went very well. The student completed her writing and reading assignments. We did a page of "Joy", as well as read about New Mexico. She also answered reading comprehension questions regarding the two pages she read. For her writing practice, she completed her K's and H's, and did a review. I went through the letters she wrote and circled the best ones. After reading, we worked on telling time. We introduced half past the hour and she was able to understand the concept fairly quickly. She has some trouble with which hour it is, but with more practice, she should be able to tell time on the hour, as well as half past."
"The student started reading the assigned book. He found nine vocabulary words for his list in the first chapter. We looked up the definitions together. He doesn't seem to want to write down the words, but he becomes curious when he does actually look them up. He has a lot of trouble sitting still and concentrating. We will write limericks during tomorrow's tutoring session."
"The student started reading Lord of the Flies. He was able to read 1.5 pages in 4 minutes when he reportedly used to read 2 pages in 15 minutes. He has also reported great improvements in his reading. Currently, he reads his book then writes summaries for his parents."
"The student and I worked on her homework to begin the session. Her math worksheet was about finding the least common multiple and least common denominator. Through completing this worksheet, I noticed that she needed to review her multiplication. We did a review using my flashcards (tables 7 & up were difficult) and determined that she would practice her flashcards at home as well. We then worked on the rough draft of her business letter for English class. She had great ideas, but we need to work on spelling (especially vowel sounds). I then performed a couple of reading/ vocabulary assessments. She is at a 4th grade reading/vocabulary level. I recommended to her aunt that picked her up that she would benefit from leisurely reading."
"The student and I worked on preparing her for the SAT Writing section - both the essay and grammar. During the session, the student completed a full-length essay and one grammar section from a practice SAT. We reviewed two essays, brainstormed examples / topics for her to use in addition to Disgrace and Macbeth (such as Apartheid and Nelson Mandela, related to the subject matter of Disgrace), and we focused on developing a strong point of view, and being more specific about supporting elements from chosen examples. In the grammar section, we reviewed mistakes and focused on identifying sentences that do not have noun, pronoun, or verbal agreement. I saw immediate progress on both sections. Before our next section, she is going to complete one of the full-length grammar exercises from a Practice SAT. I anticipate that the student will be able to significantly improve her writing score in the next week and look forward to the next session in two days."