Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to practice for his upcoming test, and he continues to impress! Today's story was realistic fiction, which does tend to be a bit less challenging than non-fiction texts, but he did an excellent job. I created a CR prompt since none where included, and he and I worked through a well-organized response that made sure to include specific text support as proof. I am continuing to focus on the effective use of transition phrases within the structure of paragraph, which better help to remind him of the purpose of each sentence. We spent the last 15 min working on some grade level vocabulary, and he found this rather easy."
"Student's mom is concerned that his reading is not up to par with the other students in his class. We read together for half of the session and then he asked to work on multiplication tables. We practiced multiplication for the second half of the session."
"Computer skills and test prep was our focus today. We also focused on reading. We used a few pages from his book to do some practice for his upcoming test. While he read, I outline questions for him to answer afterwards. We did spend time at the end of the lesson on luminosity."
"Today we read another tall tale: "Pecos Bill." There were a lot of very silly parts to this story. The student knew a lot about tornadoes and how things should really happen and was able to explain and articulate all of that. We spent a short time working on some reading comprehension homework and did an entry in her reading log. I tried to get her to do more writing. She is very resistant to write in complete sentences and to add details. She is very good at coming up with ideas and talking about them out loud, but she does not want to physically write. I selected a book called "Just Write," which contains fun and creative prompts that only require short responses most of the time. I think allowing her to choose the page and using this book is probably the best way to start building stamina for writing."
"Today we started class with a warm up activity. After this activity, we went on to study the new vocab. After going through and understanding the vocab, we answered book questions, read a story containing the vocabulary, and then the student answered questions on the story after. After this, I explained the homework from her workbooks that she will have to finish and have ready for next class. This section is much bigger than the others, so we will be spending a bit more time on it, and then this chapter is complete. We are planning a quiz in a couple weeks. She is doing well."
"Today we started of with reading out loud for 10 minutes. Then we discuss the story, and I had the student write a paragraph on what the story was about. I brought the list of spelling words for third grade with me, so I gave her the first ten words, and we went over and made sentences with those words. We then went over the 4x times table, and I showed her a few tricks on how she could remember her times table. For homework, I told her to memorize 10 spelling words, complete the sentences we started of with, and memorize the 4x times table. She was very engaged throughout the session."