Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I primarily worked on spelling and vocabulary and also spent a few minutes completing his math homework. First, we worked on a worksheet that he was assigned for homework with a list of vocabulary words; the exercises involved putting these words into context and writing complete sentences. We learned new words--going over adjectives, nouns, and verbs--and how to contextualize them. Then, we wrote five sentences from a list of vocabulary words that he was assigned for homework and in doing so, went over the meanings of the words. Finally, we spent a couple of minutes going over some errors in previous vocabulary homework assignments. On Thursday, we plan to read more from M. Sadek's book, in order to work on reading comprehension and build a vocabulary list of new words."
"The student and I read together for the full hour we spent together. We worked on emphasis, as well as how to sound out words that she wasn't familiar with. We wrote these words down and went over them again at the end of our session to hopefully drive home their meaning and pronunciation. We also worked on pace of reading, with me reading a sentence and then having her follow, trying to imitate my pace."
"The student reviewed the content and vocabulary from the passage "Miss Mitchell's Comet." She added notes to a graphic organizer about facts and opinions, which she understands and was able to provide an example. She wrote notes of details from the passage. Then she composed a paragraph stating main idea and author's purpose. She decided correctly that the author's purpose is to teach information, and that the author admires Mary Mitchell. We discussed the meaning of "career, truly and trace." She knew the meanings of these words and stated synonyms. She is a fluent reader and will benefit from explicit and systematic read-aloud practice, vocabulary study and comprehension questions. I did not leave work at this time. She is enthusiastic and bright; she enjoyed spending a few minutes telling me about herself. I will use her interests to find interesting texts to read together."