Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we read a book and it only took the student 20 minutes to read it! His reading skills have been improving rapidly as of late, and it is exciting for his parents, him, and me. He has nearly mastered putting his spelling words in ABC order, and he does his math homework in a flash."
"I read a kids book with the student today. She is getting much better at understanding plot and being able to recall information she read without looking back."
"In our session this week, the student and I spent time going over his homework from the week before. I found it intriguing that in seeking to provide a written representation of the comics found in the book, the student had given a highly inferential summary of each picture, rather than the more literal description I had assigned. I made sure to commend him on his analysis, but then encouraged him in crafting a more creative, imaginative account that did not simply repeat verbatim the text around the comic. This he did well after we had worked for a while on changing general statements into more vivid, stimulating descriptions. I chose, therefore, to have the student continue this creative comic-description as we read the text together. Similarly to last week, the student read more fluidly and with fewer mistakes than he has in the past. For homework, I told the student that we would both read a set number of pages and I asked him to note specific examples that illustrated the nature of key relationships in the story. This, I hope, will provide an opportunity for the student to practice reading actively and attentively. I will, in turn, prepare questions to assess his reading comprehension of the assigned text."
"Today the student reviewed two more philosophers' principles. We established study habits for when she prepares for her quizzes now that she has a better understanding of the format of her professor's quizzes."
"First, we did some free-writing. I think this is a great way for the student to improve confidence in his writing skills, and we will write at the beginning of every session on topics he likes. Then we reviewed the vocabulary we learned last time, and he read 2 new informational stories with me providing feedback on words he was unsure of. I explained and used examples, and then we did some in depth comprehension activities. Finally, I assigned him homework, and went over the vocabulary and activities after the passages."
"We reviewed the practice test and questions from the book. The student is becoming more and more comfortable with the subjects, especially Mendelian genetics, dihybrid crosses, incomplete dominance, codominance, and sex-linked patterns of inheritance. We finally made a breakthrough on x-inactivation."