Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
" During this tutoring session, the student and I began with adding two digit numbers using our candy manipulatives. She was able to do this much more fluently, but struggled slightly with remembering to add in an extra ten after getting rid of her ten ones. We introduced the idea of putting the exchanged ten above the tens column as well and transferred this to our paper algorithm. We focused on the mental math required to add single digits together, and I will begin teaching her the touch method of addition. In our reading, we tackled a nonfiction text for the first time entitled, "Different Kinds of Sharks". The student was able to sound out most of the words."
"Today's session was very straightforward. We spent the hour doing independent and shared reading. The student finished reading through his story collection. What I liked about this session is while we did not get to writing, the strides the student has made in connecting the words he is reading to a storyline (the pictures in front of him), making predictions, making observations about items that are not in place or not to his liking, connecting characters or experiences to his own life, etc. are invaluable in helping him gain a stronger understanding of the power of language -- of communication. I feel it is this that will propel him in his writing practice. For instance, there was a page in one story in which a character falls through a skylight into the kitchen. The student hadn't heard of a skylight before so we took time to dissect the word, to talk about how the two smaller words that make up "skylight" provide clues to its meaning. Using an upper window in the living room for reference, the student was able to consider the word in a personally relevant, meaningful fashion."
"Topics covered in this session: Sight Words Sight Word Sentence Completion Comprehension/Accuracy and Fluency Passage Writing"
"The student and I worked through approximately 80 grammar questions with an emphasis on noun/verb agreement, verb tense, unclear antecedents, and prepositional phrases. We also discussed paragraph flow and the placement of sentences in paragraphs. We also worked through approximately 20 math questions with an emphasis on polynomials, including factoring and graphing, and on locating intercepts."
"He worked on his assignments for Bible Study Methods and Resolving Conflict questions. The student is mostly struggling with understanding the expectations of the assignment and how to best articulate himself in written format. The student is passionate about the subject, which makes it easy to teach. I taught him a few Microsoft Word tricks that will help him with formatting."
"The student wants to write successful screenplays. She received some feedback on her latest submission, and she realized that she needed to brush up on her grammar. We worked on comma and semicolon rules. I introduced her to sentence types, and we worked on eliminating run-ons and comma splices. We discussed how grammar and punctuation could aid, not only in communication, but how they could add to nuance in a sentence. I shared with her some titles for good grammar books and writing books. We also worked on apostrophes and possessive pronouns. I also urged her to start keeping an Error Log, tracking her mistakes so that she could be aware of what her particular errors are."