Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"On this session we went over homework he had. We mapped out a plan for these sessions and what he and his parents expect from me as the tutor."
"In this session we went over chapters 1 and half of chapter 2 together of A Bridge to Terabithia. I have her write summaries of each chapter, so together we went over what she had read. I think that this helped her grasp a deeper understanding of the text. Along with going over her summaries I gave her a short "quiz" on each chapter asking questions about the main characters and events. She did great on the mini quiz and was able to correctly identify the answers. I also had her write a journal entry about an activity she loves to do and asked her how it made her feel when she was doing it and why she enjoyed it. I had her complete this activity because the main character loves to draw and his hobby is a common theme throughout the book. I assigned her to read the rest of chapter 2 and chapter 3 for our next session."
"We had our first session on Wednesday. We discussed the content of the three subjects he needs help with, which are Reading, English, and Spelling. He will have quizzes coming up at the end of the week for at least 2 subjects. He struggles with keeping track of his assignments and important information related to his assignments such as definitions for vocabulary words. He also typed in the definitions we worked on together during the session and his spelling needs some improvement. I had access to his Reading and English teacher's websites which was helpful with assignment guidelines and providing upcoming due dates. I reviewed the due dates that were coming up this week, and I asked him to show me the relevant material, such as his workbooks and handouts. I reviewed which tasks needed to be done for tonight and tomorrow. His assignments and the needed review for upcoming quizzes were the tasks that I gave him to do."
"We finished reviewing her last essay, including her additions to it, and discussed independent vs dependent clauses, as they were a frequent mistake in this draft. She is doing great with commas now, and can correctly place them in sentences when they are identified. I encouraged the student to look out more carefully for these as she is writing, and to begin re-reading her work to check for errors, as she is clearly able to catch them if prompted. We finished by reviewing elements of poetry, including alliteration, consonance, assonance, metaphor, simile, and onomatopoeia."
"Today we reviewed conditional sentences. We discussed the exercises that the student did for homework. She practiced creating some conditional sentences. Then we discussed different sentence types, simple, compound, and complex. Then we looked at adjective clauses. She did some exercises to identify adjective clauses and then practiced combining two sentences into one sentence employing an adjective clause."
"The student and I went over the assessment test on the tutoring website. We reviewed his incorrect answers. We also went over grammar. We talked about complete predicates, complete subjects, simple verbs, simple subjects, direct objects and indirect objects. He did many exercises identifying these parts of speech. We also touched briefly on figurative language and personification. He is an excellent student and always so polite!"