Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Comprehension was excellent; her re-tells are rich with detail, character names, and proper event sequencing. Student attitude/enthusiasm excellent."
"Reading comprehension was the objective of the tutoring session. Two different levels of reading were given to try and determine where the student is at on his reading and then comprehension questions followed the readings to determine his level of understanding the text. He was also given vocabulary words to study, and our next session we will review these."
"We read with two students for this session. We started with worksheets that gave the students practice with similar sounding words and short vowels. Then we played word games on the computer that helped the students blending phonemes to form words. Then we read from several books, focusing on pronunciation and vocabulary."
"To start the session, we did a warm-up where the students each picked a creative writing prompt and wrote for 15 minutes. I read over their writing after. We then spent the rest of the session going over narrative writing. We discussed the basics, including the ins and outs of themes vs. subjects and various examples. We went through the story plot line chart and discussed how to structure a narrative essay from start to finish. Then, we read through a freshman and sophomore essay and the strengths and weaknesses in the writing. Then, I had them each pick a narrative prompt, and we walked through how to setup and outline. They spent the rest of the time starting to write the essays. They will have time to finish on Monday, and we will go over expository writing in that session. I like seeing the girls' progress with strengthening their writing."
"Today I focused on informational writing with the student. I re-introduced the topic to him and we discussed and I asked him to answer some questions regarding topics that he likes to practice giving information. We continued working on fractions and the student continued to struggle. I used dry erase markers in different colors and a dry erase board to show him the difference between a denominator and a numerator and that seemed to help him. I left him with a reading assignment in which he had to answer questions and write a summary of the passage using information from the passage."
"Today I reviewed the student's latest draft for an expository essay. He continues to impress me with his intellectual abilities, but he still needs a significant amount of work on his organization. His ideas are well thought out but are not executed in the manner required for a 7th grade student. The student begins school next week and I have asked that on Monday night or Tuesday night he send me a copy of his completed essay, as well as syllabi for all of his courses. I am sure that he will able to keep up with the material at grade level. However, his study skills and organizational habits need continued attention and improvement. We will continue to work on this next session."