Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We split today's session: we spent half of the time on the development of the student's fictional tale (proceeding with the pre-write) and the other half on interactive journaling. She is very talkative and does a good job of communicating her ideas or plans out loud. I need to find a way to help her take all these free flowing ideas and put them to the pen. At the end of the session, we did some interactive journaling. I let her kick things off with a question. I modeled thorough responses to her questions. For next session, she and I agreed that she needed to add at least five events to her graphic organizer."
"We worked on revision of a piece of writing the student created last week. We're going through very slowly and thoroughly, as I coach him on identifying punctuation, spelling and grammar corrections on his own."
"We covered both math and reading/writing. The student continues to be strong in multiplication and is now comfortable multiplying a single digit number by a two digit number. In reading, he has a strong grasp for sentence and story content, and had relatively little difficulty in answering questions about a short story. His handwriting needs work, but after attention was called to it he made quick, strong improvements."
"The student reads well. She sounds out the syllables of the words that she is not familiar with. She explains, in her own words, the passages. We also worked on answering the questions related to the story and increasing her vocabulary. We also worked on math for her grade test."
"In the first 30 minutes of the session, we began with our regular Tuesday reading rate tests. The student continues to show incremental but consistent improvement in reading rate and comprehension. We also began to study for the ATF Special Agent exam, for which we reviewed several practice test questions."
"The student and I reviewed her homework from last Thursday--an editing assignment. This led to a discussion of some specific concepts such as definite and indefinite articles, advanced vocabulary, and turns of phrase. During the second half of our session, we worked on writing instructional documents. First, she wrote out instructions on how to prepare her favorite rotisserie chicken. She showed great development in terms of how she phrases sentences and her accuracy with commas. She began a second writing exercise, which was a letter of instructions for someone housesitting for her. She will be completing this exercise for homework. I think our biggest win from today was her improved writing style."