Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered reading comprehension and vocabulary for his end of year ELA exam. His main struggle is with vocabulary; he is adept at reading and decent at comprehension, he just needs to broaden his English language vocabulary. He approached the material with a very open mind and seemed happy when he understood what he was reading. As a study tool, the student and I made a list of words that he did not know from the passage we read, and then I had the student write a definition for each in his own words. At the end of the session I asked the student to tell his parents about what he learned in the passage (dominant and recessive genes, and traits), and he explained what he learned well. Future focus will stay on developing the student's vocabulary, as well as practicing how to answer questions about the passages."
"The student primarily worked on reading skills today. Using his school book, we read a story about a farmer's family. After we flipped each page, I asked him questions to quiz him on the reading, which was a great comprehension exercise. I also wrote down unfamiliar vocabulary words, which we went over after, and he put those words into sentences as practice. He also worked on his English and spelling homework by completing a vocabulary worksheet, and writing sentences with new vocabulary words. I'm glad he is feeling better, and I'm definitely seeing an improvement in his reading comprehension and penmanship skills."
"Today I worked with the student on her Yellowstone project for school. We talked about different areas she wants to explore in her project, wrote down questions to research in more depth, and sketched the outlines for her presentation board. We also looked through the student's books and talked about researching techniques and how to find information in indices and using the table of contents. We located several online resources, including a government website on super-volcanoes and several documentaries about Yellowstone which are readily available online. She seems particularly interested in volcanic eruptions, and archaea. She has made a good start on her project. She needs to do more research, but she has a good outline and a better idea of where she wants to go. The student maintained good concentration for over an hour, and was able to get through the second hour with a couple of strategic study-breaks and shifts in focus. This sounds like a great project, and one the student is very interested in."