Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed the content of his most recent vocabulary quiz. He was able to bring his workbook home, and we reviewed it together. He did not provide any scores or grades, but he confirmed that he had incorrectly answered 1 question out of 5 total on his last vocabulary quiz. We reviewed the format of the average vocabulary quiz together in order to confirm what aspects of the assigned vocabulary words would be tested on. According to him, the teacher assigns specific definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and accent notations to be reviewed since they are all possible sources for the questions. In addition, the teacher requires that the students write a sentence using the assigned vocabulary words. He expressed that he was not able to correctly answer all of the questions even after reviewing the workbook multiple times. Although only one aspect of each word would be quizzed on through the questions vs all aspects of each word, he was not able to easily answer all of the questions. Therefore, since he had only been reading and reviewing the vocabulary, I asked him to write out all of the essential components of the vocabulary words on a separate piece of paper as a new way to remember the vocabulary by next week's session. I asked him to write out the definition, synonym, antonym, accent notations, and an original sentence for the next 5 words by next week, based upon what was specifically required by his teacher. We spent the last 30 minutes discussing the basics of cursive writing. I provided a sample handout of the alphabet in both lower and upper case written in cursive. Then I asked him to observe my directions on how to properly write the uppercase letters of G, S, and Z. These were preselected based upon level of difficulty. I gave him three worksheets that were based on each letter that needed to be completed by next week's session."
"Vocabulary from vocab book. I think the student has a hard time contextualizing words, so I have had him read aloud and defend his word choice. We will meet again this week."
"Reviewed parts of speech, particularly adjectives vs. adverbs vs. prepositions; Introduced coordinating vs. subordinating vs. correlative conjunctions; Reviewed independent and dependent clauses; Practiced identifying improper sentence structures and improving them."
"After a quick pattern/ analogy warm up, we worked on reading. There were a couple of times where the student needed help to pull out key details from the text to answer questions. A strategy we used and that could be used throughout the week is asking her to recap what happened every few paragraphs so that you can check that she is 1) understanding what she reads and 2) retaining what she reads. As always, she had a great attitude!"
"The student and I worked on reading fluency. I have challenged her to read books (a little below her reading level) but without pausing to sound out words. She is doing wonderfully! We also worked on the long vowel 'a' spelling pattern 'ay'. She did fantastic. I picked up the next level of books, and she is excited to read them! I am having her start doing some comprehension activities about the books after she finishes reading too!"
"The focus for this session was reading comprehension. The student read various fiction and nonfiction passages that required her to utilize her knowledge of different reading comprehension skills. She was very successful with determining between statements that were either fact or opinion and summarizing paragraphs. She was also successful with answering literal comprehension questions and determining between a fact and an inference. She had some trouble with drawing conclusions, so we will continue to work on that during our next session."