Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At this session, I continued working with the student on The Word Snoop, in which she read about techniques and games authors use, including writing a sentence or paragraph using every letter in the alphabet (pangram), and writing a story without using a specific letter at all (lipogram). I worked with her on writing each of these; for the second, the student knew that using a thesaurus to find words with similar meanings but omitting the specific letter would be helpful. I suggested that, next time we meet, we continue reading from Wolves of the Beyond, and that she could do some writing based on that book as well, in order to practice some of the grammar concepts she has been studying as well as to exercise her creativity."
"The student and I discussed his reading test he took on Wednesday. He seemed confident that he did well. We used a website to play some vocabulary games. This website plays matching type games to help students with vocabulary."
"In this session, I brought reading comprehension materials for the student to work through. We went through two short passages and answered the questions written about each one. She does well in understanding the basic principles of reading comprehension; she knows to look toward the passage to find the answers to questions. She understands the principle of sounding out words better now that she has practiced."
"During this session, the student completed reading the novel assigned to him by his teacher. After he completed it, I questioned him about the story to ascertain whether or not he comprehended the reading. Subsequent to that, he was required to write an essay summarizing the novel."
"We worked for about 30 minutes on a worksheet where the student had to solve for the product of a multiplication problem, and then color in the section with the right color. Next, we searched for a new fun reading book for him to read. We then went over the states and capitals that he will be tested on this week. Finally, we took turns reading his fun reading book out loud."
"The student and I worked on his research paper thesis and outline; they are two separate assignments to turn in. His research paper is about sharks, and we did a lot of brainstorming for his thesis. Much of our session was talking through his ideas and the notes that he has taken so far, and organizing them into a comprehensive thesis. We started a document containing our brainstorming, and a rough draft of his outline. At the end of our session, his overall thesis focused on the misrepresentation of sharks as killers, how this instills fear in humans, and contributes to the lack of awareness and conservation of these animals, as well as the detrimental effects of declining shark populations - deteriorating ocean ecosystems and food webs, which ultimately impact humans by reducing the amount of resources given to us by the ocean. The student did not turn in his thesis yet, because he wants to finalize it while finishing up his outline. As for his outline, he has a rough draft for it, but he is now going through the notes and sources he has so far and putting more detail in. He is going to keep working on both assignments, and we will finish them when I see him on Monday."