Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued to review notes and problems on subject-verb agreement, pronouns and who/ whom. The quizzes the student took today were stronger than yesterday. We worked through a reading comprehension packet, and he did a very good job answering those questions. We also discussed ways that he could improve the organization/ content of his essays. For tomorrow, he'll complete another expository essay."
"Today the student and I read out loud together more of Bunnicula. I corrected him on his pronunciation and made a list of words he needs to practice. I also had him go over a list of practice words I drew up for him last week. He pronounced most of them well. For the reading today as well he did much better than usual, taking his time a little more. Then we finished the session with me reading Bunnicula and having him write down the paragraphs I read to him. He did fairly well, with only a few spelling mistakes. This session was a great one."
"In preparation for today's session, the student had written three freewrites, one for each body paragraph of his persuasive essay. He also had completed a first draft based on the ideas he'd gathered from these freewrites. In our time together today, I helped him create a graphic organizer to see clearly the relationships between his ideas. We paid special attention to ensuring the details in each paragraph supported its main idea and that the main idea of each paragraph supported the overall thesis statement. At the end of our session, I helped him develop his introduction paragraph. Before next session, he said that he would continue typing the second draft of his essay by using the first draft he'd already written and the graphic organizer we completed today."
"The student and I continued to work on vocabulary and comprehension today. He did a great job doing vocabulary maps for his homework, and we identified a few more words from his comprehension that he will map this week. We worked on a reading comprehension strategy (Click and Clunk) that seemed to resonate with him more, and he said he enjoyed it more. In this strategy he monitors his comprehension at the end of every sentence, paragraph, and page. He was able to decode some harder passages with my help, and I assigned him one more on his own this week. We will continue to refine this strategy with more passages next week. He did a great job sticking through some tough material that was slow going, and his understanding of the passage improved as a result."
"Today we worked on proofreading the student's book report. We worked on organizing her thoughts in the correct order and groups. She is to make the corrections by our next lesson so we can go over it a final time. We also worked more on writing notes for the JFK book. She was very interested in the subject material. I encouraged her to start working on her mobile by herself because it is important for her develop her own creative skills."
"We started by returning to an essay about anti-intellectualism in US culture and schools and colleges which the student had done over the weekend and discussed the way the writer of the given passage had not used statistical evidence but had counted on the evidence that came from observation in the reader's mind. We then went on to deconstruct an essay to be used for his AP class this term by James Baldwin: If Black English is Not a Language then Tell Me, What Is? We looked at the whole essay then went back to the beginning and began to deconstruct the meaning of each sentence. We shall continue tomorrow."