Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student had some of her books that she wanted to read to me. They were fun stories, and she read them well. We finished with doing some word games. I asked her the words and wrote them down. Then we read the story back together. She was engaged and worked on the hard words she didn't know. I was delighted to see her increasing skills in sounding out words."
"We worked on fluency through repetition of words and keeping the focus on the image created by the text given rather than on reading. The student needed help a tiny bit with sounding out words on his own without encouragement. He very much enjoyed the material we used during the session. I had him focus on what was being communicated by the text. I left him the story he created - that I typed up - to read to his family. The student's mother told me that when he first started with me he was making about a 70/75 in Reading and that now he has a 97 in Reading."
"Reading comprehension, prefixes and suffixes. He had a great attitude while working. He was taught strategies and had lots of practice work."
"The student and I continued work on her Extended Essay for IOP. Between yesterday and today, she wrote over half of the purpose and explanation statements for the body paragraphs. We reviewed any questions and concerns about these statements, along with quote changes she made. The paper is coming along well. We then worked on moving notes and continuing the purpose-explanation process together. She will complete these two tasks for tomorrow. I've asked her to begin the conclusion as well. Tomorrow, we will move this into a formalized paper and add the transition sentences from section to section. This will allow us to use Saturday for revision."
"The student had taken a break from writing then returned to it and she read me her entries for the past 7 days. We discussed the continuing question of what it is she wishes to write about, or the more metaphysical question of what the process of writing holds for her. We talked about extemporizing and spontaneity and discussed blogging as a way of giving scope to those approaches. We also agreed on homework between now and next week: writing a 3-500 word blog on Nabokov's Lolita and its contradictions, and writing a letter (using epistolary style) to someone explaining why she would like 5 (or more) minutes of their time."
"The student and I continue working on her book, and came close to finishing it today. I emphasized the importance of creating suspense in her writing, and tried to give her some tools to do so. We'll likely finish the book in the next session. She seemed very happy with our progress, as am I."