Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by discussing his homework from the session before. I had him walk me through the passages he had selected and highlighted as significant to the narrative of the book as a whole. We also explored the use of foreshadowing in the story, and I asked him to show me those passages in the text that he had found useful in making his character sketches. I requested that he explain to me how he had come to certain conclusions about characters when I did not necessarily agree with his assessment, giving him the opportunity to support his ideas with evidence from the text. He struggled to differentiate between ideas that he had formed about the story characters, some being well-founded and others being primarily speculative, so we spent some time discussing the characters and how we could make conclusions about them from the plot. I then asked him to craft questions meant to provide a comprehensive assessment of chapter 4, putting together a "quiz" with page numbers so that I, "the student", might demonstrate my knowledge of the text. He again demonstrated his creative and agile mind by asking questions that required a more "in-depth" knowledge of the chapter. I then asked him to respond to a number of phrases I had chosen from chapter 5."
"I worked with the student on comprehension of main points of an Emerson essay for her English class in preparation for her written revision of a process essay due Friday. She read each paragraph then we discussed its meaning and whether it pertained to the thesis and outline she had made. She grasped overall meaning and seemed clear on direction to go. We discussed how to choose examples to build her "argument" or interpretation for her essay. She had a good, clear plan for revising it. We also talked briefly about East of Eden and her interpretation of that and her very observant reading of the novel. She is asking good questions about the material and noticing what the author is doing. I gave her some pointers on scheduling her time on paper as she continues to manage her time better."
"I was very impressed with the student's reading ability with the book that she is reading for her project. She did a great job sounding out the words and remembering them once she had sounded them out once. The math that we have been working on doesn't really seem to be challenging anymore (it's her 2nd grade review booklet) so I am going to bring some other worksheets for next weekend along with some homework for her to do."
"We did a silent e spelling review, reviewed word fluency, rewriting irregular verb forms, finding irregular past tense verbs, identifying main ideas, writing an outline, paraphrasing sentences and writing an introductory paragraph, content mastery, syllable awareness, a spelling posttest, and a review of synonyms, antonyms, and attributes. We moved on to word study: contradictory, elements, hesitation, motivations, and chamberlain. We reviewed dictionary use, pronunciation, and word division into syllables. Finally, we read aloud. We reviewed the introduction to the abridged version of "Hamlet," and discussed Elizabethan theater and Shakespeare's life."
"We did both math and reading this lesson. We started with math, and the student is doing really well. He did a great job with telling time and greater than/ less than. We started work on fractions, which he didn't seem familiar with, so we'll practice that some more tomorrow. We will also work on some harder addition and subtraction problems. We switched to reading at the half hour mark. We read a first grade passage and answered some questions to help him practice his reading comprehension. We then read a kindergarten passage together. I had him read some sentences with sight words, and then read just sight words to get him some more practice. We will work on more sight words and reading more passages tomorrow. I am going to send a list of sightwords for him to work on at home as well. The more practice he does, the faster he will recognize them! He should also continue reading at least one book a night."
"We did further practice using new reading strategies that focused on drawing out the details and making connections to one's life. We will be focusing on independent test-taking and writing skills in the next few sessions."