Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I rewrote a news article as an analytic essay & worked on establishing "brainstorming" as a first step in the writing process."
"The student let me know that he got an A on the "Midsummer Night's Dream" essay that he spent so much time working on and that he also improved on the "Gilgamesh" essay that he worked on. Other than that, we talked about the feedback that he got on his "Midsummer Night's Dream" essay. He let me know that he would like to spend time on reviewing the essay portions of his in-class tests, especially in history class. He showed me his last test and we talked about timing/pacing. He let me know that the essays are worth more than 50% of the points on the test, but that he always does them last since they are on they are the last to appear on the test. I suggested that he start with the essays from now on and then move onto the short answers, and then the multiple choice. After that, we practiced starting with an essay question, taking the time to organize it like we have for an English essay (create a thesis statement, formulate an outline that provides arguments that support the thesis) and we timed it to see how long it took him. It took him about as long as it had before, but his essay was of a better quality because the organization was so much better."
"He worked on his history paper this time. He got a solid outline that will help him write the rest of the paper."
"Today, we covered multiplication, addition and subtraction, reading, and spelling. The student is doing really well with her spelling, but she sometimes confuses words that sound similar, like "their" and "there" and "wear" and "were." I make sure to correct her when she makes these mistakes! She got all of her multiplication questions right! It is important to work on memorization so she doesn't have to count in order to answer the questions. She is still having a little bit of trouble with addition and subtraction. She should practice her flashcards every day so she that memorizes everything. We also read a chapter of "Hailey Twitch." She does really well sounding out new words."
"Today, we covered phonics (specifically blends of ch-, sm-, sp, sc, pl, sk, etc.) within an online game. Additionally, we read a book with the a- sound and worked on a reading log for her class. At the beginning, we went over the student's math homework; the student seemed to struggle with basic math problems, like addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers. There were word problems and she struggles with reading, which might have contributed to her struggles in math. I emailed her mom the list of phonics games she can play online and reviewed how she can read with her child to reinforce good reading habits."
"Today, we focused on both reading and writing. The student met his goal by finishing book #28 and reading half of book #29. He read aloud one chapter, and his fluency rate improved from last week now that he is reading consistently again. He was happy that his reading rate improved, and he is motivated by this to keep reading every day. I helped him with some vocabulary and asked him some comprehension questions that he was able to answer in detail. I helped model for him how to write about the characters in the story. Then, he completed his writing task. As long as he continues to read consistently, we will be able to focus more energy on his writing."