Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I read from her new "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" library book for 15 minutes. Afterwards, I had her practice her journal-style writing, which her mother previously requested we do from time-to-time. I asked the student to write 3-5 sentences about her weekend and/or her day at school; she elected to write about both topics and provided me with seven sentences. I had her correct misspelled words and add missing punctuation marks, but overall, I was impressed with how naturally she was able to write the seven sentences. Next, we created a list of ten "-ow" words (such as cow) for her homework assignment. I then asked that she solve four multiplication problems. She completed them even quicker than I'd anticipated, so I created four additional problems, which she also solved. Then, lastly, we practiced her two red words/vocabulary words for the week. I asked her to spell each word, then write the correct spellings two additional times. This was followed by her writing a sentence for each red word on the back of the paper, making sure to spell the red words correctly and underline them."
"We did the usual on Monday, and reading didn't seem so bad for the student, she actually wanted to do it first. So that was a big step. The math went smoothly as well, as did the word study. All in all, I saw a lot of improvement this week."
"We spent the first half hour practicing the student's presentation. She had trouble with specific words including "intersection," "updated," and "Augustus," so we focused on them. She read through her entire report twice, and I had her practice standing, without holding the paper directly in front of her face. Afterwards we read 2 short books and practiced writing sentences about the snow day."
"Today the student worked on his math homework and we reviewed his science notes. I helped him study for his science test on body systems."
"This was both an introductory meeting as well as a chance to set up a plan for continuing to work together. We are trying to incorporate as much technology into her learning process as possible."
"The student updated me on what has been going on with his classes and what he has due. He needs to complete two sets of notes for science and history, and also an online survey that he was unable to finish in class. The due date for his English/history paper was pushed back to Saturday, so that allowed him more time to get help. We worked on the paper only briefly, because he was having a hard time finding reliable sources that would help him write his paper. We worked together to find a source that would supply his final reliable source needed to complete his paper. We then proceeded to plan out what he would need to accomplish by tomorrow evening in order to get the paper on time. When he completes his paper, he will send me a message so that I can look over and make edits as needed (paper was edited on Friday evening). I also spoke with the student and his parents about communicating when he needs help, and to not feel ashamed of needing assistance; especially because this was his first major research paper of the school year. It was a great session, and the student is making great progress overall!"