Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on revising an essay that the student had received back from his teacher recently. His grade that he had received was an 85, so we aimed to get him up to an A. His teacher's comments primarily focused on sentences that were wordy or confusing, so we clarified some of his points by rewording sentences. We managed to go through the entire essay in one session, although there are a few things he is going to finish on his own. He still needs to work a second source into one paragraph, clarify the main idea in another paragraph to make sure it doesn't repeat earlier points, and add a transition in another paragraph. We discussed all these things, so he should have the framework to complete it on his own."
"During today's session, I reviewed sight words from on the student's closet. She was able to recognize most of the words but I noticed that she would try and sound out some words. This was difficult for her because many the words are not pronounced phonetically. We used my iPad to play a few decoding games that incorporated the use of blends, digraphs and long vowels. She still has difficulty distinguishing between d and b when reading and writing. While reading, we focused on prompting her to use the ending sounds of words to decode new words when reading. She is showing more initiative when decoding new words and her reading confidence is improving. I also had her reread the book a second time to improve her reading fluency. For reading comprehension we discussed making self-to-text connections."
"The student and I read through Act V and went over possible essay questions for the entire play. She highlighted specific notes and textual evidence. Next session, we plan to go over her essay prompt as well as the essay questions for her final exam."
"The student and I worked on two essays today. First, we worked on a creative writing essay. I gave him an object - a red die- and I had him write a creative essay about it. His essay was really imaginative and creative! He actually wrote the story as if the die had real feelings. Then, we worked on another essay. I had him write an essay on whether or not people who major in certain subjects (like mathematics or engineering) should pay less for college tuition."
"We reviewed -AT words with slider pumpkin. We did a picture walk of Little Lizard's Family Fun and read it together. The student mostly read the CvC words. We began the -en word family. She completed a word matching worksheet and a circle the beginning sound page. She also made an -EN word family book. We also reviewed letter sounds. We ended by using magnet letters to create CvC words. She does very well with most words."
"Today we started Little Women, worked on vocabulary and discussed the court system. The student asked a lot of questions in regards to vocab and courts and was definitely extremely interested in the subject matter. Little Women definitely seemed to trip her up a little but we slowed down and discussed the chapter. For our next session we will be reading the next couple of chapters and going over more vocab as well as poetry."