Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I used his vocabulary workbook as a starting point to work on helping him learn vocabulary in the context of a reading. We talked about using context clues and related words to help figure out what his vocabulary words mean, and looking them up on the definitions page to check his understanding. I also had him practice defining (or describing) vocabulary terms in his own words, and helped him come up with some original sentences using each of the words he found most challenging. We talked about some of the reasons that relying only on copying instead of comprehension is a bad idea, including the way in which later classes will build on an assumed level of knowledge."
"Reviewed/assessed sentence fragments and run on sentences (completed both over 90% accuracy); Introduced common word confusions (they're, their, there; lose, loose); practiced until independently identified with 90% accuracy; Reviewed dependent and independent clauses; student identified with 100% accuracy; could add IC to DC with 75% accuracy and add DC to IC with 80% accuracy; Reviewed misplaced and dangling modifiers, will continue with this next time."
"We reviewed the themes and symbols in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress for the student's exam on Wednesday. Some examples are: time, clothing, storytelling, friendship, etc. We then thought about how to respond to possible short answer questions that will be on the test. She did one practice written answer as well."
"We discussed the student's goals and current status as a reader and writer, reviewing the paperwork that he received from his neurologist. We read a passage from Greek myths and wrote several sentences summarizing it."
"The focus for this session was reading. The student read various fiction texts focusing on reading comprehension and decoding. He had a little difficulty with reading the texts I chose, due to the fact that they were a level higher than what he usually reads. He was able to retell the story and include important details. I also noticed that he tended to include substitutions when reading contractions. We will continue to build on these skills during our next tutoring session. I left some books for him to practice with until then."
"Each student completed Reading Comprehension passages with questions. Watched a DVD about punctuation--ending punctuation and commas. Both students listened to "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe and we discussed the external and internal rhyme of the poem, the character Lenore, and reason Poe may have written it. We also talked about pronouns--possessive and personal--and their subjective/ objective use."