Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on question three. Good progress was made; however, the word count is now nearly 1,000 characters over the maximum. Strong editing will be needed, and we plan to meet to confirm the piece, once the student has finished drafting and editing."
"We had a great meeting today at the bookstore. He presented me with his rough drafts of the first two application responses. He brought in fresh, unique material, and it was fun to help him reword for clarity. Before our next meeting, he will draft two more mini-essays. We discussed possible outside biographies he could bring into the next pieces to make them relevant for a business audience of application reviewers. We reviewed the vocabulary briefly, and I am sending him a twenty question review exercise to print and complete and bring with him to the next meeting. He will have a test after that. We then turned to the parallel structure warm-up exercises, and I gave him three exercise sheets of botched parallel structures for him to work on. He was professional and focused throughout our session."
"This was the first session with the student. We went through what he would need to deliver in the paper and different criterion to be met. We also discussed the approach he would like to take and brainstormed some different ways that could be achieved. I also taught him some tried and tested methods to effectively write a standard paper, including the framework method. In the end I gave him some places where he could research the case of his paper some more."
"The student and I did paired reading to help her hear what fluent reading sounds like prior to her reading. This strategy helped with her fluency. She was much less choppy. Her comprehension rate was 90% on text at Lexile level 1280. She made a great effort today! We are reading chapter one of Greek Gods for Tuesday so we can begin our book study."
"We covered the state assessment reading exercises. The student needed help with finding the main point in a paragraph, so we went over that in detail. His optimism and quick learning is impressive. He knows to spend the majority of his time on the two answers that seem to be the most accurate, and find sentences in the paragraph that can assist with finding the final answer. He is working on his exercises on the computer to get to a new level."
"For this session, we worked a lot on reading and comprehension of the text. The student is definitely having a little more trouble with this level of text than she was with the simpler ones we were working with before, but I am also asking more difficult questions of her, and she is rising to the challenge. Her reading speed is slowly improving again and she is encountering fewer and fewer words that she has trouble pronouncing or understanding. I sent her home with a worksheet on adding -s, -ed, and -ing endings to words that end in a short vowel sound and then a consonant. I am hoping that doing a sheet dedicated to that rule will help cement it in her mind."