Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student successfully completed an extraordinary essay that commented on the Emily Dickinson poem "Faith is a fine invention--" I was extremely pleased by the essay's originality and authenticity. His sentences were 99% perfect, spelling excellent, grammar accurate. He made his point his way, and I praised him. We then went on to discuss his reading in Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer. I asked him about hidden messages, points of tension in the narrative, and personal relationships in the story as well. I probed for interpretations of the action in the story. At this point, I don't think there is much of a hidden agenda making itself known to him. He stated "There is no foreshadowing in the book," although he also commented on the main character's recurring thoughts of what it would be like if he were to die. To be continued. We will follow up on this as the student continues the book. Following this, I gave him more inference exercises. He got 2 out of 3. Not bad. I will develop more inference exercises for Monday, and I will challenge him on vocabulary. His homework is to write an essay exploring why Steve Jobs said this: "Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. " We discussed the literal vs figurative meaning of "yardstick" and the life events revealed in Steve Jobs' biopic. I made him sketch an outline and encouraged him to talk to other students who are interested in the life and contributions of Jobs. All is well."
"We worked on a new project that the student has been assigned: a proposal to go back in time and change an event in the 1920s. After thinking about major events in that decade, we researched a few ideas and narrowed the options down to two. The student demonstrated both enthusiasm and foresight in considering his options and is on his way to success in this project."
"The student and I went over some vocabulary terms for his upcoming test. The test is an extra credit test consisting of 25 words. The student and I also worked on his standardized testing skills. I gave him two writing assignments, both of which he did excellent on. The first writing assignment was to write a persuasive essay. The second writing assignment was a creative writing assignment. the student did great on both assignments. I'm seeing big improvements."
"The student read a very long picture book about Saturn. She stopped periodically and told me more facts about Saturn, and when she was finished, she summarized the book for me. We did two workbook pages. She is doing really well."
"I met with the student, and we are working on phonics and proper pronunciation of the letters. We also read stories while showing her how to break a word down into syllables while pronouncing it. Then, we repeated the word in its proper pronunciation."
"I gave the student a phonemic awareness assessment at the beginning of our tutoring session. We began reading a Nancy Drew book together. She is having difficulty decoding polysyllabic words. She struggles with blending while reading. We discussed how to read words with -tion, -ed, and -ly, in addition to how to blend -th. She had a great attitude during our session. She is going to finish the first chapter of the book we are reading so I can give her a mini reading comprehension verbal assessment tomorrow."