Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The main focus today was on a writing assignment that the student had drafted and received some peer feedback on. We worked on paragraph organization, spelling, and completing the assignment as laid out in the rubric. I reviewed his final copy to ensure quality, and it looked pretty good."
"This session, the student and I discussed his descriptive essay. He included quite a bit of dialogue in this essay as well as vocabulary words and figurative language. This essay totaled seven paragraphs and was the longest we have worked on. Next we set to work on an argumentative essay in preparation for this coming semester's English assignments. This essay will focus on arguing the primary reason for the rise of the Egyptian empire. Using a social studies topic should be helpful as this writing task begins to apply the work we've been doing to other classes. For homework, please continue working on the Egypt argumentative essay. Next session, we will review this and begin work on an argumentative essay considering a topic in science. Great work!"
"We started the session by reviewing and editing an essay the student had to write for class comparing the movie and book version of a story. Next, we reviewed the multiple choice section of the assessment test. For the bulk of the session, we worked on drafting an essay exploring the themes presented in a work and then building on those themes while still maintaining the same tone and direction as the source. Finally, we did a practice timed writing drill to help develop his ability to quickly and coherently form ideas under relative pressure. For homework, I would like him to set aside 10 minutes a day every other day, and just spend 10 minutes writing as much as he can. I've noticed definite improvements in his style of writing, as well as in his approach to writing, and I look forward to our next few sessions, which will focus on time management while drafting essays."
"The student is making excellent strides in reading; she is now able to pronounce and understand almost all of the 200 most-used connecting words. She is also proceeding well on a number of children's books, and within a few weeks, she should be able to advance to a higher set of reading materials. We also practiced math equations and are seeking to move beyond adding or subtracting with numbers of 10 and below. He attitude is very positive and progress continues."
"We went over the student's homework today. His focus was improved, and he did a better job at following directions. He read about the Boston Tea Party, and he had a lot of good questions surrounding the material. Then, we worked on his math, which he did well also. Finally, we started a new reading and vocabulary packet that I brought."
"In this session, I met the student for the first time. We got to know each other, and she shared one of her favorite books with me. I administered a short vocabulary reading assessment, and she passed the 1st grade level. We worked on the sound "oa" (as in "boat") and practiced reading words with this letter combination, as well at the "ly" ending. She drew pictures for each word to help herself remember. She then read me a short story called "Jake's First Airplane Trip" and answered some reading comprehension questions. She did a great job recollecting and interpreting details from the story and was very enthusiastic. For our next section, we will begin our own learning notebook and work on the student's homework."