Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the focus was to identify the main idea in each paragraph. We read a few different passages and underlined the main idea for each one. The student had to express his reasoning behind why he thought that was the most important idea. In the second part of the session, I pulled challenging vocabulary from the text and he wrote meaningful sentences with each term. We discussed the definition first, using context clues to do so."
"This was our first session. First we established interests such as soccer and video games to find suitable material for personal reading. We overviewed prior materials to find that although spelling is not an issue, grammar is difficult for the student when he writes his own material. After an editing pass on his free write, he was able to self-identify all but one of his grammatical errors. I wrote a few pieces for him to correct, at which he was great. I will email his mother with a few books for daily reading of 20 min. His father may like a longer session to include math lessons; however, math is the best of all his subjects currently."
"The student and I did another reading comprehension practice today, and he did much better than last time. Before he began the questions this time around, I asked him to make sure he was getting all of his answers straight from the reading selection and not making up his own answers. In response, each of his answers were taken nearly word for word from the text, showing that even though he's very imaginative and a critical thinker he is also very capable of drawing answers and fact straight from what he's given without changing things. When he was done with his questions, we went over any which I felt could have been more complete - none of them were entirely wrong - then read for fun for about fifteen minutes."
"The student had quite a bit of work from her school on mixed numbers and improper fractions. We worked through 2 sheets (4 sides). I gave her some additional ways to solve these problems in addition to the "shoelace" method her teacher has given her. Having multiple ways to solve a problem will make her stronger with her math skills. I brought along additional work in this area, but we did not have time, so I will keep it until next time. In social studies, she is working on map skills, so I brought along a map worksheet to complete. She is also working on poetry, so I had a poetry packet I brought, which we will work on next week. She shared the poetry she is writing in class and we discussed her work."
"The student has a test on Friday, so we created flash cards for her to better understand what various parts of writing mean - fragment, proper noun, exclamation, etc. We practiced with them, and reviewing them is part of her homework (along with a worksheet for math)."
"The student has an essay test in her English class. We reviewed the essay process and discussed what an AP essay consists of. I gave her strategies to use during the test to help her use her time more efficiently and help her feel less rushed. She felt more confident after our discussion. I then gave her the calculator portion of the PSAT exam. She struggled a great deal, however, saw her mistakes as we reviewed the corrections together. I will be focusing on the language/writing and math portions of the PSAT with the student over the next few weeks."