Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we reviewed sight words and tested her fluency with reading them. Student was able to read the first set of words in a little over one minute. We did a running records and comprehension check with a reading a to z baseline book at a 1st grade level, but will be adjusted to reflect her abilities which is more in line with 2nd grade according to US Standards. The student does need to continue practicing fluency and mastering phonics and phonemic awareness. We also worked on breaking compound words into manageable words that could be sounded out. Her critical thinking and inference skills will be an area of focus as her comprehension is at a basic retelling stage. The student is less fluent in English and we went over basic vocabulary words that we came across in the reading assessment. The student will practice her sight words and work on being able to read the entire page in under one minute."
"The student continues to do better and better in math. We worked mostly on reading and writing, specifically focusing on constructing sentences using vocabulary and grammar skills, she already has. We also worked on tricks for dealing with large numbers in her head. As always, we worked on improving focus and attention to details, this time targeting reading and following the directions."
"Today, the student and I worked on a lot of material. We started with his math problem set on triangle geometry, then wrote a thank-you note to the lady who visited his class. We looked at his vocab words, talked about his hero project, and then worked on his volcano book for the remaining time. We had to spend a lot of time reformatting the book, but we managed to finish it completely, and also read it to his younger brother, so that we could be sure it is reasonably age-appropriate. He has two tests and a quiz at the end of the week, so we worked on studying, so that he'll be in good shape for them. We talked about his math material, which covers arcs, chords, secants, interior angles, and tangents; working on problems in the book, and trying to memorize the appropriate formulas for use on the exam. We also briefly discussed the biology material, but we will continue studying tomorrow."
"The student has standardized testing this week, so we were able to get ahead on her research paper. I discussed the purpose of the research paper, by going through the rubric with her, wrote down what she told me were her interests regarding the story, then began exploring critical texts with her. We discussed and flagged some useful passages, and I assigned her to look for sources of a particular kind (biographical) this week on her own."
"Today, the student and I started his poetry paper. We spent a lot of time choosing a poem, one that he understood and liked. I always stress to him, that it is important to choose writing topics that he likes and thinks are interesting. We wrote the outline for the paper using the rubric that his teacher provided. He did well answering the questions I asked him, to provoke content for the paper."
"The student brought a homework assignment for us to look at so we spent some time discussing the topic she would write about, and I helped her write and fine-tune her thesis statement. We reviewed show, not tell sentences and practiced a few. Had her read a few paragraphs of Of Mice and Men and identify all the show, not tell sentences and the senses they evoked."