Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work on his spelling, reading, and writing today. We completed his English homework, which involved plugging in vocabulary words related to the phases of the moon. We also got to learn a little bit about the lunar cycle! Then, we continued reading M. Sasek's book; he read aloud the "This Is Paris...", "This is Rome...", and "This is Venice" chapters to me, and we wrote down vocabulary words that we didn't know and also went over the content of the book. For the last few minutes, we went over his spelling homework and helped him edit sentences that he had already written, in order to better understand the vocabulary words he is plugging into those sentences. It was a great session! We'll meet again for an hour on Thursday."
"Today we worked on reading fluency passages where I timed him, and he read both passages in 2 minutes. We also worked on reading strategies as he read a book. We practiced more with antonyms and synonyms. He was also introduced to adjectives, and I stressed the fact that adjectives describe nouns and usually come before a noun. Today Student 2 and I worked on reading fluency passages on the 5th grade level as well as reviewing similes and metaphors. Because he is reviewing for the test in school we worked on writing opinion paragraphs. He wrote a total of 6 paragraphs on two different topics. I will continue working on opinion writing with him because he stated that this is an area of growth for him."
"The student and I worked with non-fiction passages this session. She read about sneezing and pill bugs. She was able to maintain attention and comprehend what she was reading. She was able to easily answer the questions, recognizing when she needed to refer back to the text for assistance. Her greatest struggle was taking the time to write complete sentences and remembering to always include a period at the end of her sentences. After completing the reading passages, we also worked on math. The math problem asked her to read the word problem and include illustrations with her answer. She drew a family and explained the number of adults, children, and females using fractions."
"After reviewing the student's essay twice more, I think it's just about ready to go! We've worked through this and think we've come out the other side with an effective and interesting argument about the nature of heroism in classical times and today. I am looking forward to working with him again."
"After reviewing the student's weekly writing assignment, which was about as clean and mistake-free as any he'd yet submitted, he and I spent the majority of the session working on his big five-paragraph essay. We tried to work on the same kinds of principles that had guided his completion of this essay's first body paragraph: doing research, contextualizing it, and analyzing it in terms of the paragraph's theme, as determined by the thesis. He really began to excel down the stretch, impressing me with his ability to write effective concluding sentences and vary his vocabulary to avoid repetition, all while executing the grammar rules we've practiced and keeping the essay moving forward. All in all, it was one of our best lessons yet."
"At this session, the student worked on answering questions about the "Book Thief". He also worked on reading comprehension from reading passages, and he practiced sentence completions using vocabulary words. He did very well on these concepts."