Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on a response for his theology class. This response was based on two theologians and their responses to Darwin. We spent the beginning of the selection reviewing natural selection and evolution, then worked with the two religious thinkers. One was a religious Darwinist and one was an anti-Darwinist."
"We covered compound spelling words using manipulatives (magnetic letters). We also covered short vowel sounds, long vowel sounds, vowels followed by r, and special vowel sounds. The student did very well, and only had difficulty with a few sounds that were vowel combinations spelled the same but sounding different (double e in three and double e in been). We will continue to work on that. He seems to be remembering his spelling better using hands-on methods."
"Student A was on task and on point today. He patiently watched me check his homework (more capital and lowercase letter recognition practice). He also showed steady improvement at running through his list of 30+ sight recognition words. We made it through half of his six or so school readers and library books before our time was up. Student B's class also went more smoothly than the previous class. We kept things moving at a steady clip, interspersing five minute competitive games with her usual workbook and reading practice. She was particularly excited to read a new Frozen book and read a remarkable number of pages on her own (at least 20) with little assistance."
"Today we carried on a conversation role-playing school for a half an hour. Then we worked on 10 new vocab words. The student found these challenging. We ended up doing writing exercises and reviewing the use of simple words she is having difficulty with like on, in, for, and from."
"Today the student and I went over her old essay. We reviewed how to rewrite sentences so that they were concise and informative. She needed help with finding ways to put her thoughts on paper. I suggested planning her essay, and reviewed strategies on writing with her so that she could efficiently use the time allotted to write a better essay. I provided her with a plan on how to write essays, and a sheet of transition phrases. Towards the end of editing her essay, she was already showing improvement! I would suggest that she have more confidence in her writing, and understand that writing is not as black and white as other subjects. We talked about this and how writing essays is a chance to highlight one's personality and express one's ideas. We are just getting started, but we have made progress, and I am very excited to see her progress!"
"Today, we moved on to Level N books, and the student did very well. Her mom informed me that next month she takes the assessment exam test, so we'll be preparing for that in the next couple of weeks."