Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I decided to get the student started on the vocabulary in her workbook assignment, and also get going on a writing/oral exercise involving word choice/vocabulary, which will eventually turn into something more but initially will help me learn more about where the student is with respect to vocabulary, meta-cognitive practices, writing rules, handwriting, and so on. In the second half of the session, I asked the student to come up with three words to describe her mother, father, sister, and then herself. Overall we had a very solid and productive session."
"We discussed the student's creative writing assignment, involving three paragraphs that focused on dialogue and sense descriptions (sight, sound, etc.). He had some difficulty with punctuation and occasionally spelling and capitalization. I explained these errors, and I will put together some exercises on correcting punctuation, spelling, and capitalization for our next session."
"We worked on generating creative writing and then reviewing the draft with an eye to paragraph structure, grammar and honing in on details. I suggested an outline of what to write about and was surprised that the student quickly became engrossed in the writing and didn't put down his pencil for 23 minutes! I am designing writing exercises with the goal of piquing his interest, so that he can access the power of his own voice and imagination, before focusing too critically on mechanics."
"The student reads well by sounding out the syllables. He is improving his vocabulary, and is answering the questions related to the stories with much more accuracy."
"We had a productive session, with much more engagement this week. After finishing a poetry assignment, the student created a creative acrostic complete with rhymes. Then we worked on similes and how they contribute to strong and engaging writing. To keep it fresh, I introduced a grab bag of writing bursts, short prompts to get the creative process moving, and to keep her on task with following a format while allowing broad thinking and unusual combinations."
"Today the student continued working on the cover letter for the application and has an almost complete final draft. The student is working hard on the application process and is finding new resources for inspiration."