Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"With the student, I worked on answering short answer questions and compare and contrast essays. We worked through a practice assessment test, and will continue it next time. He wrote a persuasive essay on television. Currently, his ideas are more mature than his writing technique and we're working on raising his technique so he can express his ideas more easily."
"The student performed well on his spelling test, and even got a few bonus questions correct. Overall, we calculated that he received 118%. We then did some further editing of his family essay. We talked more about subject-verb pluralization and redundancy. The student needs to work on the pronunciation of the words we are learning, so we will have a joint spelling and pronunciation test next Monday."
"I had the student write an essay for me on the spot today. I timed him for one hour. I then reviewed and discussed with him what he did well (he's improving nicely on transitions and mirroring) and where he needs to add more focus (consistency throughout the essay). I left him in charge of studying Stonehenge (a subject he likes). He is to study anything and everything about it throughout the week. Then at our next session he is to follow a prompt from me to write an essay about the subject matter. No concerns from this session."
"The student and I worked on some practice exam essays he had done earlier in the day. Rather than focusing on grammar and syntax, we concentrated on argumentation, organization, and developing a strong thesis."
"The student and I had a good session today, focusing mostly on his research and how best to structure his paper. We spent so much time on this because during his interviews, he encountered some unexpected questions and we needed to figure out how best to deal with those. I will give him a vocab quiz next time, and we will resume our discussion of Ender's Game."
"Today we covered: I. Intro: Puzzle to review sight words from homework and previous session. II. Writing and revision. III. Speed word sort (spelling assessment for long ai patterns). IV. Level S Reading: Animals Feel Emotions. A. Vocabulary. B. Sight word spelling. C. Summarizing important details. D. Predicting and evaluating. V. Math and review. VI. Multi-step problems using addition, multiplication, and division. A. Practice word problems. B. Word problems with one variable. The student brought a lot of energy to the session. He did well with the reading passage - his use of prior knowledge to connect to the text is excellent. We will continue working on fluency for 4th grade texts, as this sometimes interferes with his comprehension. The student successfully solved the practice math word problems. We will continue working on solving problems with a variable."