Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student A and I read from the novel "Loser" discussing vocabulary and plot events. He took a practice reading comprehension test and we discussed eliminating incorrect answers. We also discussed genres of books, specifically mysteries and suspense novels. Student B and I read from a nonfiction book about rocks and minerals. She was very interested in the subject matter and had an excellent session. We deciphered the challenging vocabulary and identified key characteristics from each type of rock. I encouraged her to pick out a new non-fiction book for Saturday's session. Student C and I worked with the letters of the alphabet. He practiced drawing letters and making the letter shapes with his body. We also drew pictures corresponding to the sounds of each letter. For example, we drew a picture of a dog underneath the letter 'D'."
"We covered the student's test practice again. The student showed significant improvement and practicing her writing has helped her improve her understanding of contractions, spelling, and her reading comprehension. She was able to fix most of her mistakes with minimal assistance. I focused on improving her long responses, including underlining different portions of the question and mapping her essays before she starts writing. She has worked hard to improve."
"The student and I continued to work on sounding out words while reading. As I mentioned to his grandmother today, the best method seems to be to let him decide how to sound the word out. Lately, he's taken to writing the word down instead of spelling it out loud. I think the visual and action of writing helps him more than hearing himself say the letters. I've also been letting him divide the word up into pieces to sound out and giving him help when the word doesn't follow the standard English rules (e.g. when a silent "e" doesn't make the preceding vowel long). It's worked well so far. His comprehension has greatly improved! Good job!"
"The student needed to work on an assignment for his teacher concerning why he has his name. He did a very good job talking to his Mom concerning why she named him that and going on the Internet to see what famous people are named the same. He composed good sentences with only a couple of errors. He is very eager to do well and he listens well to suggestions."
"The student needed to write a summary comparing and contrasting wealth versus income. She laid out her thoughts on paper, formulated ideas/re-wrote, and then incorporated in information regarding why sociologists would value wealth over income. She also began laying out ideas for her next paper."
"The student never ceases to amaze me in his diligent and enthusiastic approach to homework tasks. Today, he refined the word choice, phrasing, and rhetorical devices used in his speech and argument assignment on the movement for independence from Great Britain during colonial times. He is also a joy to work with."