Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At this session, the student continued reading "The Grimm Legacy". I suggested we do so, instead of beginning "The London Eye Mystery" together, because in the time we have worked together, she has only finished one book (Harry Potter), and I want her to get used to reading books, from start to finish, even when another book catches her attention, once she has started one. I asked her to make predictions ("what is so special about the boots Elizabeth is asked to smuggle?"). She suggested, that perhaps they help the person wearing them, to run very fast. We also noticed a caret (punctuation mark) in the text, and she pointed out to me that "caret" is a 4-way homophone (carrot/karat/carat/caret), something I did not know! We also discussed alliteration, and she correctly figured out the meaning of the word "cartographer" from context."
"The student came ready with a book and read aloud wonderfully. I am concerned he isn't understanding everything he's reading. When he stumbled across a big word, I asked if he knew what it meant and he said "no, and don't tell me." And so of course I explained it anyway and asked, Why don't you want to know? And he said, I just want to read! You know, I don't have much to say against that. He'll learn words. He'll gain understanding and can work on comprehension. It's huge that he's so eager to read now. I'm going to let him just enjoy it for now."
"During our session, the student and I worked on identifying tone as well as techniques used by writers to create a flow within their work. We discussed how this could assist reading comprehension and speed. The student and I also went over his project for his long term school project."
"This was our best session yet! The student stayed REALLY focused throughout the session. We focused on reading, spelling and grammar, with some math at the end of the session. When I present her with challenges, she responds very well! The trick is to keep her interested and motivated - and then she really shows how smart she is!"
"I then had the student complete a reading comprehension exercise which she did very well on; she is making progress in this subject. Following this, I had her work on worksheets that exercise her skills to analyze and draw conclusions, which she did mostly well on. Lastly, I had her complete her journal entry that she didn't complete for homework. I had her write about her day, and I explained to her that she can write about anything that she did. She did well on this exercise. I left her with some reading and writing homework."
"The student and I continued to work on his IB Internal Assessment. We went over the portion of analysis that he had written so far and reviewed his plan for the rest of his paper. We then worked on his analysis section together. He will be emailing me a full rough draft of his entire assessment by this coming Tuesday. I will then proofread it, so that we can begin the final draft process prior to next Sunday."