Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, the student and I practiced his spelling words for the week. I quizzed him on them and asked him their definitions. After this, I had him write out and say aloud the words he got wrong. Then we went over all his vocabulary words for the week. I quizzed him on those definitions and then had him write each definition out on paper. Overall, this session was very productive!"
"First session, got information from parent and met with the student to check on reading fluency, gauged interest in reading, and checked on comprehension skills."
"In this session the student began by recapping the pages in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that she had read since the last session. She made progress in the book. We continued alternating between sections read out loud and to herself, with the student summarizing what she read after each section. I followed up with questions asking her to find specific events and descriptions of characters in the book, as well as asking her questions to connect her own experiences to the content of the book (i.e., How would you feel if you were Harry in this situation?). I also asked her to compare certain events and details in the book to the movie, which she has seen, in order to clarify what is in the text and what the student knows about the story from the movie. She was very successful at differentiating between the two. Lastly, I gave the student the book on meerkats, which she will peruse at home and we will read sections of together after she finishes Harry Potter."
"For our last class we took a story familiar to the student and began writing a summary in his own words. The story he picked was Finding Nemo. An example of a summarizing sentence he wrote is, "On a school field trip Nemo's classmates made fun of him." When writing "Nemo's" he remembered to include the apostrophe and when asked why he said, "Because Nemo has something." This was a major victory as we had been talking about apostrophes representing not only conjunctions but possession as well. We also read several poems and practiced spelling several words that came up in our discussion of Finding Nemo. These included coral, turtle, barrier, and others."
"The student sent me an essay she has been working on, as well as the prompt. I made some minor technical edits, and highlighted each sentence with a color corresponding to the 4 questions she had to answer in the paper. I then wrote up a number of suggestions for how to proceed with this essay and sent them to the student in an email."
"I reviewed her more recent assignment in rhetoric. The assignment is to write an ethnography. We discussed how she could frame her ethnography in a broader discussion and how she could organize her writing."