Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we talked some more about the student's history project. We wrote out the thesis and edited it to make it more concise. We will work on this more next week after she finishes her research and drafts her background and body paragraphs. We then went through two papers that the student has written for school in the past year to fix the grammar. The student is doing really well with this, and she spots most of the grammatical errors to fix. I suggested a few stylistic changes as well, and she was responsive to that. Since she asked to review comma usage. I will bring more comma worksheets for our next session."
"Tutored American sign language today. Had her describe her family members to me, including their age, relation, origin, and occupation. Concluded with focusing on prepositions."
"The student has raised his math grade up from a 68% to an 82%! He's done extremely well on his quizzes - they are weighted like a test so reviewing the material did pay off. Today I gave him tip sheets on adjectives and adverbs, plus I wrote out index cards for each part of speech as well. My tip sheets provided a real clear strategy with clues that I felt made it much easier to find the adjectives and adverbs. I exchanged an email with his ELA teacher and she told me their grammar test would cover articles, demonstrative adjectives and the typical adjectives. For each sentence I had him tell me the noun and what was modified so he got lots of practice answering what, how, to what degree it was modified. He did an excellent job and didn't miss any. I felt my approach reinforced the thinking process as well and pretty took away any mystery. I showed his mother the materials I brought for him so his family could help him study using those as well."
"During this session, the student brought his new literacy circle book. It is written in verse and is an historical fiction book about a young Vietnamese refugee adopted by an American family. I helped him get an understanding of the time period and filled him in on some of the historical background of the Vietnam War. We read a little about the Fall of Saigon and the evacuation of South Vietnamese children by American forces using the internet. We also looked over his new reading assignment packet to be filled out as he reads the book. Finally, he began to read. We discussed and noted how the red tennis shoes the main character's American brother wore were a symbol of what freedom means to the adopted boy."
"The student and I worked on a report she had to complete about the explorer John Colter. Using the notes her teacher gave her, she created a title, wrote an introductory paragraph, three supporting paragraphs and a closing paragraph. Her original rough draft was excellent. On the second reading, she added a great deal more detail, added more descriptive language, removed unnecessary sentences and reordered some sentences in her essay. Her final report went from excellent to outstanding. I am always so pleased at what a dedicated, enthusiastic and willing student she is. She is a pleasure to work with. She believes she is a good writer and she is! She says she would like to combine writing with her love of animals one day."
"We reviewed unknown words, both a new set and an old set, and worked on finding context clues while reading packet. The student loves to read and is eager to work. I left him with a reading comprehension passage."