Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started by coaching the student through organizing his English binder in preparation for school tomorrow. By following the clear intention for organizing by categories with dividers given by his teacher, I led him through sorting all of his papers into Reading, Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Quizzes & Tests. Then I helped sort each category in reverse chronological order since he stated he preferred to have "the newest things on the top". This led to finding notes that helped him finish defining some literary terms on a homework packet that he had started yesterday. He was able to continue working on the packet without much assistance from me. He collected, typed, formatted, and printed out all the writing he has recently done relevant to an upcoming "Where the Red Fern Grows" essay assignment."
"Today we covered chapters 10 & 11 in the book that was assigned. The student did a wonderful job in the summaries that were assigned to her. We covered the emotions and range of feelings that the other main character must have been feeling. We also went over what the different rising actions of the book were and defined what a climax of a novel is. The student did an amazing job with her critical thinking skills and was able to read deeper in the text than what was explicitly stated. At the end of the session the student wrote a journal entry about her feelings on the death of the character and why the author might have written a book like this. The student was able to provide deep insight and put forth 100% effort into answering it. This session was extremely productive she put forth an immense amount of effort."
"This week we focused primarily on summarizing, utilizing both informational text (science book) and fiction (Sign of the Beaver). We began by reviewing strategies/tools discussed during our last session. Student has had success wearing a hair band/tie around her wrist, to help her remember important items/tasks for homework, and has been using breathing exercises to help with focus. For science, specifically, we looked at concepts of print within the text that provide clues, and used the comprehension questions provided at the end of each section to guide us in reading, to provide a purpose and sense of direction with the reading of the text. We incorporated "recycling words" to respond to the questions, and differentiated between locating specific answers to questions noted directly in the text, compared to critical thinking questions. The student seemed to have a solid understanding of the material that was reviewed, and was eager to read the next section in preparation for tomorrow's class. She is also anticipating a quiz on chapters 13-18 in Sign of the Beaver. Again, we talked about summarizing and what to include, with a focus on "the 5 W's"- who, what, where, when, and why. The student read chapter 15 aloud, after having done a few "energizers"/breathing exercises to aid with concentration. She read a majority of the chapter while standing, and rarely lost her place on the page, which was an improvement from last week. I showed her a few additional exercises for home and/or school that she can employ when she feels tired or distracted. Additionally, we discussed a few options for keeping track of unfamiliar words, which we will revisit next time. The student demonstrated a positive attitude and was engaged in the session."