Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed parts of speech and the student wanted to work on vocabulary, so we reviewed fourth grade vocabulary and then worked on synonyms of each of the words we had reviewed to extend his vocabulary further. We did two activities highlighting synonyms, one being a crossword puzzle, the other a exercise connecting the correct synonyms for a given word. We then came up with sentences using the words (which the student found very amusing). We did some reading in the book that he selected, which seems to be at the appropriate level for the student. The book challenges him enough to where he has to occasionally ask the meaning of a word but doesn't struggle to comprehend the reading. I gave him a comprehension quiz to see whether he had understood everything he read and he understood everything. We then moved on to Spanish. He knew all of his colors (except for a couple of more obscure colors) so we were able to skip that part of the lesson. I will use his knowledge of this vocabulary to begin to describe objects using colors and other adjectives, forming the basis for using NOUN + ADJECTIVE with GENDER and NUMBER agreement. The student seemed very attentive and excited about learning. He stayed on topic the entire time and was enthusiastic about learning about new topics. He seems to have a very broad knowledge and has the ability to connect distinct topics (for example, when reviewing his vocabulary we came across a synonym that he did not know. When I explained the meaning he said, "Ah, like 'mas o menos'!?" linking the synonym to his previous Spanish knowledge). I left him to continue reading and come up with a few phrases he would like to learn in Spanish. I will wait to see more about his course load before assigning him extra practice."
"Today we covered organization skills and reviewed math and reading strategies for the new school year!"
"We started with the student reading a "read together" style book out loud with me. He again seemed to read with more fluency and proper inflection. I had the student try using his finger as a placeholder and eyeline guide, but needed to constantly remind and correct him in his use. We next looked over a math worksheet on understanding place-value of digits inside of entire numbers."
"The student showed progress by remembering about 85% of the studied material during the previous session. During the session we reviewed and practiced the days, months, vowels, combination of the vowels, and traveling phrases."
"We worked on the multiplication tables 1-6. The student worked on recognizing patterns. I drilled him on the tables, worked out pattern problems, and played games. He is able to give the correct answers for tables 1-6 in less than 30 seconds."
"We did a quick overview of the student's four core subjects as a review from last year and in preparation for this up-coming year: Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. We went over the macro topics in each subject, focusing on terms and definitions. We also went through any questions he had along the way, and I brought up some new terms and concepts I thought he would be studying next year. For next time, we will go over math more in depth, as well as read some poetry to become familiar with, and the Declaration to understand it's international significance and historical context."