Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student A worked on rounding to the nearest 100. She used a thousands chart to see what the number was closer too. She even recognized a pattern. She did very well but still needs practice with this skill. Student B worked on converting fractions into decimals and percents. She did very well understanding this concept! She also feels confident in her abilities to solve these types of problems."
"We covered many topics. First we went through some revisions of the student's essay. Then we did the practice quiz for his vocabulary words. Then we did the practice quiz for commas and also some follow up work on semicolons. Then we reviewed the difference between quoting and paraphrasing while citing sources. We also discussed the six elements of effective writing. He is working on decreasing the amount of time it takes for him to write a first draft. His extra practice is to compile research from both sides on school uniforms, practice 20 vocabulary words, read and evaluate a persuasive essay example, and begin brainstorming evidence for argumentative essay."
"The student read her sight words and I added 2 more. We worked on the short e sound. She is doing better, but we will continue to practice. We played Tail End Bingo to help her with final sounds. I created a "word wall" replica, listing the sight words we have practiced reading. She can read the words on index cards, but she needed help finding them on the word list. We will continue to work on that. She read 2 Level A books for me. She is able to pick up the patterns. I will move her up to Level B. Today was the first time we did some writing. She finished the sentences: I can ___ and I go to the ___. It was a good first try. We will work on adding details to our pictures, as well as spaces between words."
"We read an energy bar recipe out of the 3rd grade level reading book that the student's mom provided. Initially, he read 46 words per minute and by the end of the session, he increased his pace to 71 words per minute! I had him start a vocabulary journal where he would write and define every word that he had trouble pronouncing and/or did not know the meaning of. A win from this session is that he was not adding any words that were not written on the page as he read!"
"Today we worked on finding articles for the student's next speech and pulled useful statistics from them. We also formulated questions for his question-and-answer session, which will follow his speech. During the next session, we will make an outline of his speech, and if time permits, note cards to use during the speech."
"In this session, the student and I covered reading comprehension. He still exhibits difficulty in effectively understanding the material, although he did much better this week. When we worked on his enrichment workbook his mother provided, he demonstrated some difficulty. I think he has trouble reconciling both numbers and words; that is, he has trouble visualizing numbers in real-world contexts. He says he likes math, and I don't doubt that he does well in math. However, when numbers are included as part of a nonfiction reading selection, they become much harder for him. I will have to continue working on his real-world comprehension of facts and figures."