Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked in this week's session on her weekly words for her upcoming spelling test Friday. She and I made flashcards and did and took a timed quiz, which she did very well at. Overall, she seemed comfortable with this week's spelling words and only got a couple wrong in our quiz, which she quickly corrected. We also worked on punctuation of sentences (comma usage in listing things and commas when using conjunctions). I then briefly quizzed her on her multiplication facts that she brought with her at the end of the session, and she did pretty well. As always, she was eager to learn new things during this session and she made good progress."
"The student and I started by reviewing his reading work and reading log. I was impressed to see that he had been reading nearly every night for at least 10-15 min. I brought him a few grade-level, high-interest books, and a clip on book light to encourage continued reading for fun. His parents have been very encouraging and supportive of this activity. For the session, I brought a printed copy of a 3rd grade reading test, of which I had him complete the first portion independently. I did have him read the questions out loud to me first, and then I asked him to read the text and respond to the questions independently. He did an excellent job and wrote very detailed responses to the critical reading. He is getting very good at figuring out what quotes from the text best support his answers when writing a critical reading response. We then read two stories together, and he responded to the questions independently. He scored 100% and 85% on these two tests, which were at a 4th grade level. I asked him to continue reading independently and recording on his log for next meeting."
"The student and I worked on reading tonight. He worked on a short passage and a long passage, answering questions related to each passage. He did fairly well on the short passage questions. He did fairly well with the longer passage and comprehending most of the story because his fluency has improved. He was able to answer these questions with more certainty. After reading, we played multiplication war flashcard game. He did well and made few mistakes with his facts. He didn't have all of them mastered though."
"As usual, we started with vocabulary and in the exercise I had given her for homework; she got 100% on the recognition of proverbs. Normally she will score around 75-80% correct, so I was really pleased with her perfect performance. I assigned her an article to write on for next week. She is to state her opinion and support it with facts rather than summarizing it. She had made some punctuation errors on proper usage of possessive nouns, so the remaining 25 minutes were spent working out of a grammar book on possessive usage."
"I helped the student articulate her thoughts in a concise and expressive manner for her college entrance essays. I really helped her to take her ideas from the abstract to the more concrete."
"In this session, we reviewed body paragraphs and paragraph transitions through a series of informational/ exercise worksheets and paragraph writing. The student learned quickly, and seems to have understood the need to link paragraphs through transitions and how to do so. I tasked the student with the "homework" of observing transitions in the literature she reads for her English class in order to develop a sense for how other authors create and use transitions."