Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student 1- We read a book, and I asked him some questions to work on his comprehension skills. He needed some hints, but in the end, he was able to retell the story to me. For math, I gave him a worksheet on addition and subtraction word problems. I helped him to read the problems, and he had to write the number sentence for me with the answer. Student 1- We began with a sheet on reducing fractions. He still is showing some difficulty and will need more help. We will be continuing with this."
"The session was spent working together on the student's Science Inquiry Project. We worked together to understand static electricity, how it is created, and how to make an experiment that explores static electricity. We performed background research for the science project. We prepared a hypothesis, and she wrote out steps for an experiment that we will do during our next tutoring session."
"The student and I focused on reading comprehension: one nonfiction cultural piece and one nonfiction historical piece. We covered identifying the main idea and supporting details, defining words based on context clues, comparing and contrasting, and making predictions and conclusions. He needed help defining words based on context clues and identifying the main idea. He did better with comparing and contrasting, and finding the missing word. Although he needed a little help drawing conclusions, he was finally able to answer these questions correctly with minimal assistance. We used the strategies of reading the questions before reading the passage, plugging in answer choices, and eliminating answers that he knew were incorrect. He remained motivated and engaged throughout the session."
"The student and I had a productive session. We began a review of her assigned math packet, which focused on the concept of shapes and line segments. She and I talked about the many shapes she was studying in her homework. We worked on a reading comprehension packet; the student read the story and answered the questions that accompanied the packet successfully. She also wrote definitions (in her own words) to the vocabulary included. Next, we finished up with the student writing a story based on the packet we just read. She is a very creative writer who has great ideas and includes a lot of detail in her stories. We then followed up with "Dogzilla" (read last time) and "Kat Kong." We compared the two stories, characters, and plot. Next, we worked on a card game where the student had to sort picture cards into the correct vowel sound on our "game board." She has a good phonemic awareness and is able to identify vowel sounds correctly."
"The student and I primarily worked on Spanish this afternoon, since she had already completed her homework for tomorrow when I arrived. She's having some difficulty remembering what pronouns are conjugated for, so we tried working with her online materials. However, those don't seem to be effective for actual learning, so I moved her back to the app again. She learned about 20 new vocabulary words, which she retained well after the repetitive exercises on the platform. On Friday, we will probably work on planning her school project covering a futuristic design. She has interest in some biometric things that I can provide insight on once we work together a little bit."
"The student and I reviewed his math homework, although he was almost done and seemed to breeze through the material on common denominators and multiples. We worked on his spelling words, and repeated the words he missed until he got all of them right. The soft C words are tricky for students, as you just have to memorize them. I was happy to hear that he is caught up with his work at school."