Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student reviewed strategy needed to successfully complete the reading comprehension, grammar, and multiple choice sections of the exam. She then completed the Reading Comprehension section of a practice exam. The practice exam was challenging because it was dated, had challenging vocabulary, and was most likely from either the 80's or the 70's. Excellent session to review strategy especially when the subject matter is difficult."
"We did a couple of assignments that he had; topic was inferences. Sentences for vocabulary was another task that he completed. We read and discussed book one of the Odyssey by Homer; the second part of the session was geared toward writing. The task was to choose three quotations; one from the Odyssey; one from a literary website, and one quote about a scientific discovery. He then was given the task to write introductory paragraphs using these attention grabbers as the introduction to these essays."
"The first student: We went over print concepts, including looking at print from left to right, identifying letters both small and large, matching letters to the first sound in words, ordering letters of the alphabet, and writing the first letters of the alphabet. The second student: We reviewed homophones and their meanings, identifying sight words and their meanings, and looked at using word families to create words."
"Organized and practiced Spelling (compound) words for the week. Practiced phonics cards. Worked on Reading fluency, especially slowing down and taking time to apply phonetic pronunciation techniques to unfamiliar words."
"We started with the student's homework which was to read a short story 3 times aloud. She did very well and her sentences were fluid. Her next assignment was to read a "W" story with lots of "w" sounds. I had her read from a 2nd grade story book and she stumbled on just one word. We read it twice. She was very enthusiastic about reading these short stories. Then we completed a blends worksheet including the blends "pl", "gl", "bl." We completed another worksheet with short "a" phonograms like "cab, tab, crab." She then read a story called "Pam Ran" aloud and did very well. She still confuses the letters "b" and "d" when she reads them, so next week I will focus on teaching her a mnemonic device for remembering."
"We read and discussed the student's initial reaction pieces to The Stranger, of which he had four of five already complete. His writing was very good; we discussed bringing up themes and ideas that he hadn't considered. We then worked on outlining a practice paper that he will write by Saturday. This paper will function both as a fifth initial reaction piece and as preparation for a test in which he will have to write an in-class essay on the book. We discussed creating an overly-detailed outline as a brainstorming exercise, so that rather than filling his paper with generalities and repetition, he will have room to cull out weak ideas and have plenty of strong points to cover. The outline was actually written during our session today, so what remains is completing the finished paper."