Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During our session, the student worked to put together an initial outline for a big research writing project due in a few weeks. In the hour we mainly focused on background information for her topic and came up with a thesis for her paper. We spent about half the time on the thesis as it will help guide her in her continued research and help provide organization for the rest of her outline. While she initially struggled to synthesize the information surrounding her topic, after talking it through, she came up with a solid thesis. In our next session we will begin writing a first draft of her paper."
"Today's session covered algebraic concepts with words problems in math. Homework was completed with steps to the problems written down. Reading concepts centered on fiction and nonfiction text using "Freak the Mighty" and "Jacob's Rescue" and resources. Main idea, characterization, setting, theme, and plot development were covered briefly with success. The student had difficulty with recall of character background beyond the first two chapter of Freak the Mighty. She was more engaged with Jacob's Rescue. Next session will focus heavily on biographical genre using Jacob's Rescue as the primary source. She should read through Chapter 9 by next Tuesday. Daily check-in questions will be sent to her mom to ensure the student's understanding of the book and to use as discussion starters for next session. Overall, a good session."
"The student is practicing reading comprehension and answering multiple choice questions based on the readings. He took a couple of practice tests. We scored them and carefully analyzed what he missed and why. We found strategies to improve and practiced those. Next week, we will continue with more practice."
"The student had math, science, and language arts work today. He was able to focus well and accomplish what he needed to do. He also worked briefly on planning a social studies project that he will be working on in class this week as well as a little practice on the Gettysburg Address, which he has to memorize by early March."
"Today we read another level "M" book. We continued to mark the words the student typically misses and the punctuation. However, about halfway through, we took a break to see how she was doing. She did well for the most part. She was still missing the words at the beginnings of sentences and forgetting to pause at periods, but her flow was much better. We need to work more on blending consonants and identifying suffixes at the ends of words."
"In this session we focused on the student's reading, spelling, and writing. We worked with two books that were sent home from her school, focusing on reading fluency and comprehension. We then worked with her Level 12 spelling words, having her practice writing them. When she sees a word she doesn't know, she sometimes substitutes it for a similar word that she does know, so we are working on having her stop and sound out the words instead. She got 100% on her Level 11 spelling test on school, so that was a great accomplishment."