Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student told me that she will be reading Herbert's Wormhole with her book group at school, and I asked her to bring it home with her on Wednesday. We started with the cloze activity, filling in the blanks in a story by using context clues, that we have been working on the past few sessions. She has a good intuitive sense of what word "sounds good" in a sentence, and we worked on thinking about the meaning of the word (or looking it up if unfamiliar) as well, to see if it makes the most sense. We then read more of Charlotte's Web, and the student made another comic strip about the new section. She checked the text as she drew each scene, and I asked her to explain what she was drawing as she went along. Visualizing and drawing seemed to help her remember which character was which, and what each one was doing. When I asked her to check the book to make sure one thing she had drawn was what the character actually said, she seemed engaged in figuring out what did happen in the text. She enjoyed using the colored pencils I brought, as well as the topic of the cloze fill-in-the-blank activity - Amelia Earhart - which she chose from a list of topics. In future sessions we will work on using her drawings to help her create a written or verbal summary of what happened in the text."
"The student read books and answered reading comprehension questions on them. She continues to improve with her comprehension and fluency."
"-Understanding the words, remembering their spelling and writing their definitions. -Reading the book and answering the questions from the book. -Math problems using multiplications and conversions. -Finishing homework."
"This session was a way for me to understand how the student reads and writes. She had an excellent attitude and is so eager to learn. We focused on reading comprehension by using a poem and story to help her comprehend what she read. I had her use specific comprehension strategies, such as prediction and determining authors purpose to help her understand what she read. I observed she needed to look over passage in order to be able to answer the questions. She writes very well. She is able to compose a paragraph with supporting details, topic sentence, and conclusion."
"Today's session was similar focus to our previous session. We continued to focus on paragraph construction, and the student overall seemed to have a better grasp on the format. I introduced the idea of getting our second point to relate to the first. For example, the prompt today asked what was his favorite field trip this year and why. "I enjoyed going to ____ because ___. I ALSO enjoyed/IN ADDITION, my favorite part included, etc." We also clarified the difference between a topic and a topic sentence (incomplete vs complete idea) and how to avoid confusing the two by making sure your statement doesn't begin with a question indicator (What, when, etc.). When he advances, he will learn how to construct a statement with a question indicator."
"Today we went over a theoretical essay that is due this evening. Overall the student has a good start to the essay. She has covered all of the questions asked in the prompt and has incorporated a good number of sources into the paper. The paper could be improved through some structural reorganization, so we spent most of the session working on that. Specifically, we reworked the introduction and then created outlines for reorganizing the information in each of the essay's parts. She has the rest of the afternoon to edit her essay, and will send it to me via email for a final review before she turns it in this evening."