Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed her spelling words for this week, practiced her handwriting in her workbook, and read from her Pirates book (Level N) together. She seemed to be more interested in this book, as it had more action and dialogue."
"Today, we went over sight words of various levels and did a fluency test. I gave him a few small stories to read, and one was given to him for practicing fluency. We then talked about some syllable rules, trying to introduce them to him and show him words of that type. We will go over this in more detail next time. I will also be introducing workbook practice next session. His fluency was 47 words a min, which I would like to increase. I think he may benefit from a Saturday session, where it is not after school."
"Student and I started with reading. I found that she made fewer mistakes with harder, longer, or compound words. After we finished reading the book, I gave her the choice of what we would do next, and she chose Mad Libs. She asked me to give her the words to fill in the story and I sounded out my answers so she could write them. We ended the session with much fun and laughter."
"This session's focus was divided between a few activities, such as a discussion of the student's progress and semester outcome in English, a closer review of his final essay on the novel "Fahrenheit 451", and an outline of the plan for completing his reading assignment. In the coming weeks, a regular number of pages will be assigned from his reading requirement and paired with close reading exercises, to practice interpreting and synthesizing one's argument in written form."
"This was my first session with the student. She is working on a writing assignment for an English course on a personal memory. While this is not due for a few weeks, she wants to finish this in about the next week. We worked today on a rough draft, focusing on the story telling part of the assignment. The assignment is only 500-700 words, and she was able to come up with a pretty complete draft. We will meet again next week, but in the meantime, she is going to take the draft to her instructor and see what notes she has on it and work toward a finished draft next week. She is going to get some information on her government class, and we will also work on that in future sessions."
"This was my first session with the student. This term, her goal is to complete her literature review, the methodology chapter, and be approved by the institutional research board. The focus of this session was on the literature review. I encouraged her to begin to think about the component parts of her argument and to broaden her research approach. We were able to pinpoint the basic strands of her argument to complete the literature review. We are going to do our next meeting at the library to determine research availability and research techniques."