Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Over the course of these two days, we went over many topics in both grammar and astronomy, both of which she has a final on tomorrow (Wednesday). We switched back and forth so she wouldn't get too burnt out on one subject. The subjects we covered included: luminosity, the Stephan-Boltzmann law, the layers of the sun and what occurs at/in each one, fusion, e=mc^2, brightness, inverse square law, Doppler shifts, parallax, and a myriad of grammar problems and rules."
"The student had gone over lesson 4.08 on his own and just needed to take the quiz. The lesson/quiz covered mutually exclusive events and how to calculate the probability of such events. As he went through the quiz, I reviewed the topic and how to calculate the probability. He received a 5/5 on the quiz. Then, he asked to work on literature, which is again more grammar and mechanics than it is literature. We worked through two lessons. The first covered "precise language," which is basically the concept of choosing the most appropriate word or phrase to complete a sentence or describe a picture or situation. I had him read each passage or sentence to me, hoping that as he hears things out loud, he'll recognize what sounds "right." He got a 10 out of 10 on the lesson. I think he knows the concept better than he realizes.. The second lesson covered formats and graphics, such as understanding the purpose of graphics in a passage or using the graphic to answer a question. He understood this section very well."
"Today, the student and I went over the eight most common uses for commas. As part of this, we did ten practice sentences in which she had to place the commas in the appropriate places. She did very well on these. She then went through a paragraph and took out the unnecessary commas and put commas in the appropriate places. She again did very well, missing just a couple. I then had her diagram out the ten sentences in the exercise as a review of parts of speech and what we had worked on last week. She did well, but she wasn't entirely confident. We will continue to work on this so that she becomes comfortable with the parts of speech and parts of a sentence. We then went through a paper that she wrote several months ago to put in and fix the commas. She did extremely well on this, and she seemed to really pick up on the places she frequently misses commas. Immediately following learning a rule, she does very well with it, but she then isn't as confident a few days later. I'd like to work on this by introducing something new each session but also spending time reviewing so that she retains information in the long run."
"The student and I continued reading "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" using context clues, chunking, prefixes and suffixes to help with decoding. I checked for comprehension with verbal questions as the student read. We ended the session with a reading blend game, which we both enjoyed very much."
"Today we worked on reading analysis and reading independently. The student practiced reading alone and did an excellent job with reading analysis."
"We concentrated on reading for the entire session. The first half of the session we worked on expanding her vocabulary along with some grammar. I gave her one word at a time from a 6th grade word list. She had to say the word out loud, tell me what it means, then create a sentence using the word. The second half of the session I had her read 2 decently lengthy passages. Both were on a 6th grade reading level. I then asked her 10 comprehension questions about each passage after she read them. She did very well, I was impressed!"