Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At this session, the student and I continued reading "The Name of This Book is Secret." We reviewed the meaning of synesthesia and how it plays into the events in the book. We also discussed some unfamiliar words - surreptitiously, qualms, and pandering."
"The student completed a worksheet identifying and writing short "I" words. He did very well. He then read from a list of short words. He finished with sheet identifying and writing short "I" words. He did well."
"This was my first session with the student. I tutored in the areas of grammar, writing and math. We learned about common nouns, proper nouns and pronouns. We started discussing how to write a narrative and begin brainstorming ideas for it. In math, we reviewed place value up to the hundred thousands and began working on place value in the millions. I left some math for her to practice with until our next tutoring session."
"The student & I discussed the difference she observed in reading and note taking after implementing the rhetorical reading strategies. She noted that she was much more aware of the questions she had in her mind as she read. Her note taking also improved by her own admission. I had her read another academic paper, "Taking Yourself Out of the Story: Narrative Stance and the Upright Pronoun" which I brought with me on "hard copy". We discussed her process and the notes she took as she was reading. I asked if she noticed any difference between reading on hard copy and reading online, and she noticed little difference."
"The student's interest in reading continues to expand. She has shown increasing interest in non-fiction, looking to learn about subjects in her interests through books. She shows interest mainly in non-fiction sciences."
"This morning we used the bingo boards to make categories - fruit, vegetable, dairy..... did short and long vowels and alphabet practice. Did an activity with alphabet words. They did really good at trying to explain in English what they wanted to say."
"Student expressed excitement about a skit exercise, so we practiced pronunciation by creating scenarios and characters. We also reviewed the pronunciation of everyday language such as days of the week, months of the year, numbers, states and geographical landmarks. To practice reading, we completed another article about the Boston Tea Party. I identified areas of improvement with different color pens. Student continues to excel."
"We concentrated on his sentence formation, grammar & vocab today. In addition to his standard tutoring homework we took vocab from The Raven, which we finished reading last week, and created sentences using concepts close to his mindset - words like wrought, radiant, and flung are very easily adapted to video games. We also went over a school assignment, within which I saw some improvement in grammatical structure & word use."
"Today we started off by going over the student's homework and vocabulary words from the book she has been reading. We discussed which words were important for her to know and which were not. Next, she summarized her ideas of her book thus far and gave me her opinions on the main character, and told me about a similar spiritual journey she had had. Then, we did more practice with "if" statements, particularly focusing on past perfect tenses (ex. "if I had woken up earlier, I would have done more today."). She did extremely well with this, despite its difficulty, and really seems to be getting the hang of "would" versus "will". I asked her to write one example sentence every day of the next week so that she will remember this form. In addition, I asked her to try to use this grammar three times in the next week in real conversation."
"Yesterday, the student and I worked on a number of exercises but mostly concentrated on compound nouns (business English) and a review of the 12 tenses."
" She spent a lot of time today writing present tense verb conjugations down in her notebook and coming up with different examples. I showed her some videos of a newscaster starting conversations with random people on the street, because I want to familiarize her with the slang that is used when people are meeting for the first time; i.e. "how ya doin?". Talked a lot about the uses of "a" and "the" and "there is" vs. "there are"."
"The student spoke Spanish a lot this session. The conversations ranged from work to working with kids, to traveling, and comparing and contrasting personalities and styles of people in the US vs in Colombia. She had several specific phrases that she wanted my help clarifying. We talked about making things plural when it is signified, uses of the words "that" and "what" in sentences ("que" in Spanish), and the phrase "going to go.""