Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused on new spelling words that emphasized different ways to make the long "a" sound. We reviewed proper nouns and we also worked on the student's handwriting. We did one sentence together and she said we should compete to see who could write their sentence perfectly. I was really encouraged by her enthusiasm and I'm looking forward to helping her improve her handwriting even more next week!"
"For this session, we went over 40 vocabulary words, formulating definitions, concentrating on the form of speech, and using them in sentences that showcased the meaning."
"We continued working on the student's autobiography, mainly making grammatical edits and working on flow (between paragraphs and between sentences)."
"The student and I spent the first few minutes catching up, discussing what has been going on in school and what he's currently working on. After that, we spent the majority of the time on some reading worksheets. I had him read a passage and answer some questions at the end, focusing on things like main idea, summary, and character traits. He is getting better at summarizing and weeding out the information that isn't necessary to give a summary. We also discussed the difference between a summary and a main idea of a text/passage. He continues to improve in each session. His vocabulary use is also growing, and he's getting better at finding out the meaning of words he doesn't know instead of just skipping over them."
"The student and I spent the first hour of our session working on her works cited and persuasive essay outline. Some of it she had done on her own, and some of it we did together previously. This time, we made some adjustments, such as formatting, details, and adding counterclaims to her argument, to what she'd already submitted to her teacher in order to improve her grade. Once we had those fixed up, she put them together to begin her rough draft. For the last half hour, we looked at an example of a somewhat humorous persuasive essay we found online, and she wrote some arguments for and against a silly prompt we also found online. In doing so, I helped her see that she naturally comes up with claims and counterclaims, and pointed out that writing is simply a more formal way of presenting her ideas. She has great ideas, and we simply have to refine them to make them more accurate in academic speech."
"The student and I spent the majority of the tutoring time working on site word acquisition as well as grammar lessons. I have repeatedly explained to mom and him how important it is that we build his vocabulary in addition to helping him learn how to decode unknown words. We focused on chunking words and on using blending techniques. In addition to the site words, we also reviewed each word's meaning. He is progressing well."