Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on alphabetization, and reading comprehension. She is becoming a faster and more confident reader. Towards the end of the book we read, we shifted back and forth - she read, then I read, then she read. This method got her a little more engaged."
"The student worked on initial consonant blends. She did two worksheets matching initial consonant blends to pictures. We also did a word search and she is going to complete this for homework. Then she read from her school book and did two online reading assignments."
"The student and I finished up reading "Nate the Great and the Monster Mess" a chapter book which we had been working on. He told me that he had recently been at the library and found the Nate the Great series then checked out the book we had been reading, along with a new one. He showed me how much he had read on his own. It was thrilling to see him excited about reading and taking an active role in finding new material to read. His reading is so improved! Now we are working on reading with an eye on punctuation."
"The student worked on a writing assignment due this week in English. This writing assignment is a 4-5 paragraph essay on the book "A Lesson Before Dying." She chose a writing prompt on the impact and influence of individuals on others. She was tasked by using this prompt to develop the author's approach to the prompt in the novel. Together we drafted definitions, a thesis statement, and the paragraph outlines for her to use in her drafting of the essay. She may be sending me the essay this week for feedback."
"Revised college essays. Edited another college essay. Began research for alternative college essay prompts."
"We spent most of our time working on an assignment the student had for this weekend from her English teacher: writing a practice SPA paragraph on a book that she and her classmates had been required to read over the summer ("Kindred" by Octavia Butler). We devised a topic sentence together (a "statement" in the SPA structure) to answer a question that she had discussed with a group in class and wanted to explore further. We then went through her book (which was nicely annotated from the summer) and found a couple of passages she could use as "Proof" (SPA term, again) to support her statement. Then we talked about how to analyze them in a way that would read clearly and make her point to any reader. By the end of the session, she had a solid outline to go forward with. We then had a brief discussion about her study habits and her grades. We're going to go over her first period grades and talk about study habits, what's working and what's not, in more detail next time."