Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed two English assignments, one on reading comprehension and using context clues to determine the meaning of words, and one that analyzed a how-to article. With the remaining time, she also completed her vocabulary homework -- completing sentences with the best choice vocabulary word. She is very good with vocabulary and does well with reading comprehension, but needed help when higher level synthesis was required. We will work on that in future sessions."
"Today's session focused on reading comprehension. We worked out of a textbook I recommended to the parents. We read a series of passages and answered accompanying questions. The goal was to expose the student to important strategies such as critical thinking and the ability to draw inferences from passages. His response was very encouraging. We also did some vocabulary exercises. I encouraged him to endeavor to incorporate some of the new words he learned into his writing assignments."
"In this session, the student was studying for his grammar test. We looked at the corrections made on his previous grammar worksheets. To prepare for the test, the student's teacher had given them another worksheet to complete with an answer key to check. Just like last time, the student was very confident in identifying the principal parts. This time, however, he had a bit of trouble connecting adverbs and adjectives with the words they were meant to modify. The difficulty level of this worksheet seems to have increased, and a great deal of it seemed to me to come from the syntax, or arrangement of the words in the sentence. The student had to slow down and think about some of his answers before putting them down, and we had to talk through a few of them. However, I think this is a good sign for him because he recognizes on his own that the sentences are more complex; he understands that there are different ways the sentences could work than just the one way he would usually think of them. We worked through the worksheet and checked all the answers with the answer sheet provided. We talked about any places where the answers the student had put down were not consistent with his teacher's answer sheet and how it is that he might identify those problems in the future. We also reviewed being verbs, which seem to give the student a bit of difficulty. He has trouble remembering the verb "is" in all its conjugations and tenses; for example, he has trouble remembering that "were" is the past form of "are". He uses the words properly in sentences, but when trying to remember if each verb is a being verb, he can't call up a mental list of all the being verbs to compare. To help with this, I had him copy down a list of being verbs to study and I told him to think of being verbs as almost an equal sign in a sentence, stating that something is the same as something else. Hopefully these will help him to remember these on the test."
"The student and I worked on visualizing and verbalizing things that he sees and reads. The beginning of our session was an introductory lesson on describing pictures. The student worked on describing the objects, shapes, size, color and place of the picture. This comes from a great resource to expand comprehension and verbal language skills. The student seemed to understand and do well with this, but required some prompting. I think this is a great resource for the student because he seemed to recall passages better once we talked about visualizing the passage and making a picture. I will incorporate this in future lessons as well since he is a visual learner and this will give him the tools to make written text more visual for him. Great job!"
"We have discovered that the student's reading struggles come from spelling issues. He spells many large words phonetically. His mom and I agreed that our focus needs to be on writing and organization of thoughts. When his writing is strengthened, I truly believe that his reading will improve as well."
"The student and I worked on his grammar again. We looked at appositive phrases, conjunctions, and noun and verb clauses. We also did correction work on his brochure for a class assignment. His homework is to do a practice Language Arts ACT test for grammar practice, as he wants to improve grammar before 9th grade. Our next appointment is on Saturday."