Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on his career project. We made an outline for his essay and planned his presentation board."
"We started with him writing 3 paragraphs about "Big Nate" and the characters in it. We then read chapter 3. I asked him to read pg. 57-61 for Friday."
"At today's session, the student showed me the application for the middle school she is applying to. We worked on brainstorming her answers to the three essay questions. We talked briefly about brainstorming strategies, and then began the first question. She listed her interests, hobbies and talents, then wrote out some examples and details to support her list. For the second and third questions, her lists were closer to rough drafts. In discussing a fictional character she admires, we talked about, and she wrote, examples of how the character's actions demonstrate her positive traits, and we worked on finding words to describe those traits. In the last 20 minutes of our session, since she left her book "The Lightning Thief" at school, we continued reading "The Red Pyramid." We discussed the plot, character and setting of the section we read, and we talked about why it might be helpful to talk about the setting first. We also continued to review our context strategies. Next week, we will work on rough drafts of her three application essays."
"The student's handwriting, sentence structure, and grammar are all improving! He and I wrote three pages worth of drills, practiced spelling, and made poetry out of his spelling words. I left him with a one-page research assignment on deep sea fishing to complete this week."
"The student's homework from ELA class this week was to post on her class website, and then comment on three of her fellow classmates' posts. The posts required students to speak about their favorite books, giving the title, setting, characters, and problem, without giving away the ending. I worked with her, allowing her to compose her answer on her own, but jumping in when I felt it would be helpful. Like last week, she did a great job writing her own material. I simply intervened when I felt she could make her sentences more powerful or creative. I checked her work for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors afterward."
"The students and I spent most of this session reviewing their English class assignments. For the first boy, I suggested he revise one section to make his overall argument clearer. For the second boy, I suggested several places where he needs to explain what he means more. We all then spent the remainder of the session going over a grammar activity on run-on sentences. It was a lot more challenging than I had anticipated, so we are going to continue to work on this topic in the next session."