Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, we started by reviewing the forms of "am" and easy verbs with I, You, We, They, and He/She/It. We then reviewed simple past, present, and future tenses with those easy verbs. We also reviewed time words while using those verbs and the correct tense. We began to cover family vocabulary (mother, father, brother, sister, wife, husband), which we will continue to review next time. We finished by working on how to write questions using given verbs."
"Student 1 did her math HW with assistance from me. She had 4 pages of mixed problems adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing estimating decimals. We then worked on a computer program and reviewed estimating decimals. Student 2 went over his reading response, and he made some corrections. We then continued to work on the writing we started last week. I modeled how to add details (description, internal thought) into writing. He then rewrote one of his paragraphs, utilizing some of the strategies we discussed to make his story more interesting. We will continue to work on improving his writing and work on the story he already started."
"In our sessions, I had the student continue reading the Back to the Future screenplay, which he seems to really be enjoying. I can tell that, with each session, he is retaining more and more words and vocabulary, which is great to see. Repetition is a strategy that I've been using with him, as I have noticed that the more he sees a word and repeats it, the more likely he is able to recognize it in the future. His "word bank" is steadily growing, and I am confident that, with more and more practice, he will continue to grow stronger as a reader."
"We covered sentence structure both in terms of comprehension and expression. Practice included how to identify and fix run-on sentences and sentence fragments. We also covered a short story (The Tell-Tale Heart) by Poe and worked on an analysis of literary elements."
"We have expanded our sessions to two hours, so I do one of reading and one of math. We started by reviewing all the letters we had done in Lively Letters, and we continued on to introduce th. We then built some words with short a and short o sounds. I then had the student read one of the Bob Books, Mat, which focuses on the short a sound. We also read an aa level book, focusing on initial letter sounds and using the pictures. Our second hour focused on math. We practiced counting and cutting, as well as doing some addition with templates. At the end of our session, we took the books downstairs to read to his parents. His dad was absolutely delighted!"
"The student wrote his story just like he was supposed to, which was awesome! However, there is room for improvement, naturally. So, we talked about how to add more detail and how to transition between paragraphs or sections of the story. For next time, he is to rewrite the story with improvements. In addition, we did some reading."