Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I tutored student A for 45 minutes, assisting with reading and some phonics work, and student B for 45 minutes, assisting with his writing homework."
"Student started this session by telling me about her favorite parts so far of her current book, The Titan's Curse. I stopped her several times to find evidence in the text, focusing specifically on character development, noticing how the characters are described by the author. We also talked about the meaning of "foreshadowing" and discussed examples of it in the series. We then looked at the public library website and searched for a non-fiction book for her to read next. She learned how to search for a book by its title and find out which branches carry that particular book, and we reserved a young adult book about the Bermuda Triangle for her to read next. Finally, we continued looking at a list of common Greek word roots and prefixes found in English words, and started compiling a list of ones that are found in words she is familiar with (i.e. oct-, agri-, and amphi-). Once we have compiled a long enough list, we will be able to play some word games, mixing and matching the prefixes and roots to decipher and create words."
"Today we reviewed her math homework together. She had everything correct! We spent a lot of time writing sentences with her spelling words. She did some of the sentences independently before I got there. We did some editing for spelling, capitalization and reversal of letters (d/b). She has increased all her sight words on each list. Her mother helped her work on sight words while she was on vacation. She completed a 1st grade level reading. She had a total of 4 miscues in the reading. She answered most comprehension questions correctly, some she and I went back into the text to find the answers. She also wrote several sentences and illustrations about what she learned from the text. Then, we worked on math. She worked on adding and counting with word problems with pictures up to 20. She did very well with this. We will continue to work on sight words and reading. I left her some sight words to practice in the next week."
"In today's session, the student reviewed 'at' words and sentences. He did much better with repeated drills. However, he wasn't able to recognize the same word when it was written on another page, so we will work on word recognition as well as reading the words in upcoming sessions. He did very well on adding coins - penny, nickel, and dime - and regular 2-digit addition without regrouping. He enjoyed hearing about James Madison and is going to look for 'Dolly Madison' cookies at the store."
"On Sunday night, the student and I went over the second half of his English exam review packet as well as the entirety of the information provided to him. He initially struggled with about a quarter of the vocabulary words, having trouble discerning their definitions from one another. However, the repetition of the definitions, as well as an extended practice session, helped him to recognize and amend his earlier mistakes, leaving him significantly more prepared for that portion of the test than he had been before. He excelled at identifying and providing examples for rhetorical techniques, something that requires critical thinking as well as creativity. All in all, his effort is clearly evident, and his preparation for the English exam cannot be denied."
"On Sunday, I met with the student, and we worked on essay outlining. He did not have a specific assignment that was due, so we found a short passage in his history book and worked from there. The passage was a short bibliography of Arsinoe, and we decided to write an essay outline arguing that she was a great and powerful leader. While reading, I encouraged him to write out what he anticipated would be important information to keep him actively listening. We then created a thesis, three supporting ideas, and a conclusion. After we completed the three supporting ideas, we went back to the introduction and thesis and revised them now that the ideas were more fully fleshed out. Then, we wrote the conclusion. In one hour, we read the text and completed a detailed essay outline. It was a productive session practicing outlining and brainstorming."