Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was much more focused in today's session and it was evident in her ability to sound out new words in her book. We also worked on her ancient Egypt book. The reading level on the non-fiction book is a little it high for her but we will continue to work through it together. It seems as thought she is able to get through most of the book on her own at this point. We also worked on compound words."
"The student and I worked on a personal narrative that will be an ongoing process for the next couple of weeks. We will be working on creating more of a story-like paper involving three paragraphs and adding details so that our story can capture an audience. Each paragraph will include expressions, feelings, voice, and containing 3-5 sentences a paragraph. We worked on a reading passage using the strategy of monitoring comprehension to ensure that we understand what we read and what to do if we don't. This strategy will be implemented for one week."
"During this session, the student and I worked on the concepts of main idea and summarizing. I asked him to summarize what he has read of "rules"ù so far. He gave me a good summary and was able to give me a broader picture, rather than a list of details, which demonstrates his understanding. He read a passage entitled "Stranger at Willowbrook"ù that I provided for him. I asked him to predict the content of the passage based upon the title before he read the passage. He did very well with his predictions. After he read the passage, I asked him to write the main idea in one sentence. I gave him short-answer questions to complete. I sent home a sheet with homework for him. Please let me know if you have any questions about this. I would like him to bring his homework in on Thursday, as well as the sentences I assigned him last week."
"Student 1 and I primarily worked on writing, specifically removing redundancies in his short responses. His close reading skills are very good, so we will continue to work on writing and making sure his sentences are ordered and punctuated in the best way. Student 2 and I started working on a assessment exam-specific practice test; for the math, he will definitely benefit from doing timed practice exams, in addition to going over each type of math problem. As far as the English/reading component goes, we will continue to work on logical reasoning, scrambled paragraphs, and close-reading."
"We reviewed power words, and practiced writing words the student did not recognize. We played a few games to practice fine motor skills and work on focus and following directions. We finished by reading several stories from her school's bookshelf program."
"We continued working through the plot. I suggested the literary device of dreams, and the student intends to incorporate this. I also continue to guide him towards using action words in outlining and showing vs. telling, especially since he is using a visual medium. He plans to finish laying down his basic plot points tonight and we will work on problem areas tomorrow. He was very appreciative and says our sessions help a lot."