Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed for the final exam for Adolescence class. We will review new classes for next semester starting next week."
"The student and I read through her rough draft of her essay together. We discussed the parts of an introduction and began to weed through her draft introduction. Her opening line was wonderful and adequately captured what her paper was about. I told her to include a brief summary of what the short story was about in her introduction. We worked on the summary together. Then, we developed her thesis: that the author uses three key symbols to portray the freedom of childhood. These symbols, once lost by the main characters, serve to represent the inevitability of adulthood. We then worked on her individual paragraphs, exploring each of the three symbols. I told her to always include a quote to back up an example and then to make sure that she explains the quote adequately. I also showed her how to use transitions like "in other words" and "The quote means" to elaborate on the quote. While writing the body of her paper, we weeded through the short story to find appropriate evidence and determine evidence that was not as relevant to the text. I also showed her how to shorten long quotes using ellipses (...) and explained how she can also cite evidence using block quoting for larger quotes. While working on the conclusion, we discussed how she should re-state the overall message that the author was trying to make on a grander scale - to leave the audience with something to take away from the reading of her essay. I think she felt a lot better about her paper once we were finished. I told her that she could send me another draft tomorrow before 1 and I would take a look at it to review any grammar errors or other issues she may have overlooked."
"The student and I discussed a final edit for one essay and began brainstorming for her next and final essay."
"Today was our first tutoring session so I did some informal assessments to determine the student's strengths and areas of struggle to focus on. We worked on sight word flashcards within the first 2 levels (pre-primer and primer) which she did well on, especially the pre-primer sight words. Then we worked on decoding beginning word families with the "a" vowel. We practiced the word families of -an,-ap,-ag,-at and -ad and reading words within those word families and sorting them into the correct word families. We finished the session with reading one of her favorite series, Fancy Nancy. She does a great job sounding out unknown words and has good comprehension of what is happening in the story as being able to answer basic comprehension questions about the information she was reading."
"This session was to determine the student's level and where he needed to go from there. He is a fluent reader that really takes his time to read things correctly; however, he is struggling with retaining storylines and being able to comprehend the story he reads. This session was mainly to get an idea of what his abilities are. Throughout his reading, I would give him pointers that would help him retain information he just read. He and I worked on small "chunks" of reading and worked on multiple reads of this selection. After each reread of this selection, he was able to remember more. If given too large of a reading selection, he tends to remember only what he read last. I provided him with the book we read together so that during the next week he can reread and try to work on remembering details using the methods provided."
"The student completed his reading comprehension workbook. The questions that he completed today were really strong. After working through the reading comprehension exercises, we also worked on revising his essay. Toward the end of the session, he completed an additional reading exercise and started a grammar assessment quiz. For next time, he will continue to revise his essay based on feedback that I provided today."