Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we read one and a half books. She is getting better at sounding out words and remembering details. We also practiced some multiplication."
"We spent the entire session working on a practice test. It was a non-fiction text that spoke about the similarities and differences between wild animals from birth to full-grown. We spent the majority of our time discussing and constructing well-written constructed responses, focusing on the specific intent of the question, and making sure to respond to all parts of the prompt, using specific text quotes as support. I allowed him to write his own response for each part of the question, and then we went back together to provide more specific answers with relative text references. He is improving on using the text. I set up a motivation card for him for which he earns a star for any answer he gets correct completely on his own during our sessions. His goal is to earn 20 stars, for which I will provide a reward. I also am encouraging him to "read for fun" every night, at least for 10 minutes. I will be pulling some level/age appropriate novels from the library for him to choose from at our next session."
"Reading fluency. Super speed reading 100. She improved her speed from the last time and seemed excited about this. Finished reading fluency worksheets and the poetry book. She really enjoyed reading the poetry and got much faster throughout the course of the book. Took turns reading The Friendship with the aim of finishing it so as to complete some comprehension work and move on to other genres. Suggested the student practice reading nightly from books that would be a little more challenging like The Boxcar Children."
"We reviewed his revised essay and his vocabulary list. Then we discussed parts of speech and how the various parts of speech work together. These grammar lessons should help him to improve sentence structure and write more clearly. I assigned him a narrative essay and, next week, we also will read The Count of Monte Cristo together."
"The student and I followed our routine for developing his printing ability. Right away I noticed that he was holding his pencil the way I recommended, and that his printing looked better and smoother. We did some directed drawing also, to develop fine motor coordination and better ability to evaluate our own work. Before we draw, we study the picture to determine what sorts of shapes we need to draw, and which parts may be challenging. Then we each draw the image with a goal of making our drawing look as much like the picture model as possible. Then, we talk about how we did and give each other revision tips. We do several revisions and then color in our best drawings."
"We focused mainly on writing a good outline. Then we went through the process of creating a strong thesis and topic sentences. Next time we are going to use what we created to write the essay. We also read a few chapters in his book. His reading skills have vastly improved, not only his speech, and diction. He reads slower. He also stops on his own to make predictions and ask questions. He is to finish reading up to chapter 12 for our next session."