Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has been studying predicate adjectives in his language arts class. He had to do two different sections in his book. My first goal was to ensure that he understood all the directions that were asking him to do. This is a skill to maximize on comprehension. This took the majority of time during our session. He needs to be able to maintain stamina at the end of the academic day. I'll think of other ways to present academic challenges to him in the future. Yet, as I know future tests are in the horizon and standards and concepts need to be met, I will create challenging, yet fun ways to build his momentum and proficiency."
"The student worked on her homework, which consisted of reading an article and answering questions related to its content. She had worked on a few questions, so she took the opportunity to revise her answers to address the comments her teacher had made on past assignments. We focused on being more specific, using better transitions and integrating textual evidence. I think this is one place where she needs a little work, because she knows the point she wants to make but doesn't always choose the right quote or evidence to support her thought. We discussed how she could work on this, and I showed her how to construct a compare/contrast argument. We worked on editing her writing a bit, so that her responses would be more clear and concise as well as properly spelled and with correct grammar. I tried an exercise during which we talked about the content, I took notes of her thoughts, and we bulleted out the points she discussed them. I showed her how to construct an argument or paragraph from those bullets, and I think this helped her gather her thoughts and create a clear paragraph. When she has all of her points written out, she can easily see what she wants to say. I told her this would be a good way to work on longer answers, and when she reads a question and reviews the text next time, she should get all of her comments/thoughts/facts/quotes on paper first. Then, after reviewing them and seeing how they fit together, she can start writing. I feel she is making great strides in better consuming her reading. She seemed energized and excited that she was doing better in her classes, and I could tell she was more confident as we spoke. We will continue working on how to do the reading/writing process step by step, something I think will help improve both her comprehension and writing skills."
"We covered reading comprehension. We worked out of an exercise book that provides the student with sample stories and follow up questions for practice. The two stories were fiction and nonfiction pieces. They were pre-tests to test his present knowledge. The questions consisted of figurative language terms like idioms and personification. They also asked him to explain the main idea or the points behind each story. He needed help with distinguishing the difference between the figurative and the literal sense. As these were pre-tests they gave me a better idea of how I can model the correct responses and how he can produce them in the future."