Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a lot of school work to do today, with the last day of school being next Friday. She worked on her history project/exam that is on Friday. As we work over the summer, I'd like to help her become more comfortable with big projects, so that she immediately can break it down into workable components. We also worked on her declamation that she is giving on Monday. We corrected the grammar and some of the sentences in her introduction, and she practiced giving it. Pubic speaking is easier for her than many kids since she is not shy, but on Sunday I want her to practice not fidgeting while she gives her speech. We came up with a summer schedule this week, as well, and a plan for how she can continue to learn but enjoy summer. We're going to read short stories and do papers on them, allowing her to continue to work on her writing and organization."
"Reviewed homework writing assignment. Taught a lesson on combining simple sentences to create complex and compound sentences. Student completed several worksheets to practice sentence combining and making correct grammatical choices. She is a good student and very capable. She learns quickly and easily completed the worksheets. We discussed her overall goal, to be able to write a book report for her teacher to re-assess her status as an entering freshman in high school. Next time, we will work on timed writing exercises and continuing to help her internalize grammar skills."
"The student and I continued to work on the grammar packet I put together for him reviewing adjectives and adverbs. He remembered almost all of the questions regarding what is modified but to help him further I tied the adjectives questions to his love of lacrosse. My goal was to give him strategies to use when searching for adjectives or adverbs. He did extremely well. We did a lot of thinking aloud and talked through the process. We diagrammed all the sentences and wrote what question was answered for each as well to reinforce the process. We covered a lot of material and did a lot of review so when I left I felt he really has improved his confidence with this skill. His test is next Tuesday and I left him with my own created set of index cards and tip sheets I put together for him to study plus he has materials from his teacher and online resources to continue to study."
"The focus for this session was reading. The student read various fiction texts with a fluency focus on decoding. We also worked on comprehension. All in all, she attempted to independently decode unknown words, and for the most part, she was able to utilize strategies to help her figure out most of the words that were tricky for her. She did pretty well with retelling the text and included most of the important details in her retelling. She had a bit of trouble with making connections to the books she read, but we will continue to work on that during our next session. I left some books for her to practice with until then."
"During this session, we covered vocabulary and how to derive word meanings from various semantic and syntactic contexts. We also began to work on segmenting and comprehending complex sentences and complex clause structure. The reading came from a graphic novel on The Odyssey, which was adapted for children aged 9-12 years. The student maintained a good attitude and really wants to do well. Extra practice for her was to create a vocabulary list of words she doesn't know or understand from her school work."
"The student did well today! Today, we sat down, and I basically just talked to her and asked her questions. I got a sense of where she is with her English, when it comes to words, describing things/places, etc. I'm going to email her words to look up and practice, and next time we meet, we're going to practice using them in conversation. When anyone is learning a new language, it's important to not only learn vocabulary but practice using it everyday. Our next session is set up for Monday! I'm looking forward to it."