Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We read through five pages of a "Jessie" book together, which is his free time reading at the moment. I gave him a brief, written comprehension quiz on the material read. I then had him write a diary entry (like the ones in the book). We corrected his punctuation and found the nouns, verbs and adjectives throughout. He was very excited to figure out how they differed and will do another diary exercise that we can review next week."
"We began with her showing me her tablet game, which involved us getting a clue such as "things that are yellow" and the number of letters in the word. The student was good at guessing what the word was based on the number of letters, and from that point we would sound out the word to decide what letters to guess. After a few rounds, she showed me her "Grumpy Cat" book. I was able to have her read some to me, and we worked through words she needed to focus more on. The last activity we did was a word game using first grade level flashcards that I brought from home. We alternated turns picking up cards and reading the words. If we answered correctly, we kept the card. She could also win my card by saying the word before me. Whoever had the most cards at the end won."
"The student's teacher showed me some of the student's practice work/weekly assessment grades. We are starting work with subject verb agreement, possessive form, and recall. We then reviewed some of his assignments and then we moved forward with the worksheets I brought him. The worksheets covered main idea, supporting details, and inference. He will start practice for expository writing, so I will bring information and worksheets pertaining to that the next time we meet. Also, I expressed to his mother that it is extremely important for him to highlight, underline, and annotate his passages, because this will assist with the recall and details for his writing. Furthermore, he works best when he is expected to highlight and underline information from the text. Moreover, it is best for him to read out loud and be directed to slow down and revisit the information within the text. I did leave extra practice with his mother for him to complete before I return."
"We covered drafting an essay on Frankenstein. He struggled most with structuring body paragraphs. He was very positive. I included structure and comment codes for strategies. The practice was further drafting."
"We corrected the student's homework regarding inferences, which was assigned the previous session. He managed to be within the ballpark of understanding in regards to defining unknown words, but he needs to expand his vocabulary in order to be able to better identify context clues in passages. The reason for mentioning this is because as we were going through a sample question from the reading comprehension section of his Upper Level SSAT workbook, and he did not know some of the key words that were crucial to understanding how to answer the multiple choice questions. I had him pull out a dictionary and notebook, and even drew a diagram for visual illustration of the story to assist his understanding. I told him to remember his dictionary for future reference always, and that I will be covering more material from his book (mentioned above) as the source for our future tutoring sessions. It felt productive and progressive, seeing his understanding of how a story works increase."
"The student and I worked on the website she is building for her small business. We used the template of her new business card to design the layout of the web page. We also previewed her upcoming classes a bit and discussed her homeschooling strategies for her sons."