Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I gave the student support for an upcoming reading quiz on the novel, "Rocket Boys." The student and the tutor closely read and reviewed chapters 15 and 16 in the book. The tutor then presented questions to the students to clarify his understanding of these sections. Based on this review, the student understood the content and the character interactions presented in these chapters. The student and the tutor also began preparation for an upcoming Unit Vocab. Quiz - Chapter 13. The tutor presented the base vocabulary words and definitions. The tutor and the student reviewed these 20 vocabulary words 2 times until the end of the session."
"This afternoon, the student and I continued to work on his research paper about Lou Gehrig. We focused on his conclusion. We specifically talked through character traits that link the three "goals" (identified by him) that Gehrig had throughout his career and in the wake of it. I hope that this discussion in particular will aid him successfully write his final two body paragraphs with solid transitions. Next week, we will be editing his paper in its entirety."
"We spent most of the time reviewing his memoir essay. With the last half hour, we reviewed basic concepts of physics including distance, displacement, average/instantaneous speed and vectors."
"The student and I had a really productive two sessions discussing her paper for her Africasm class. For our first session, she had a draft of the paper typed out; first, we created an outline to emphasize the importance of structure. We then went through the outline and made sure we answered all of the questions asked in the prompt, and made sure the paper had a cohesive flow. After that, we went through grammar and mechanics issues. For our session today, we primarily went over grammar and mechanics issues for her second draft, we successfully addressed all of the issues from the previous draft. By the end of our session, she had a really wonderful draft of her paper! She only needs to look it over for a few more grammar mistakes that we fixed and then she'll be ready to hand it in."
"The session with the student went well. He didn't have any math homework, so we worked on his book report for English class. I reviewed the steps for writing a good paper with him and we used those steps to write this one. By the time I left he had gotten down most of his ideas and just needed to add depth to the paragraphs."
"The student and I had our session at the mall again. We practiced conversational English along with talking to cashiers and people in the store. She is getting more comfortable with her English and asking for help."
"Argumentative essay: Should the government program requiring schools to apply certain health standards to school lunches be enacted? There were a few grammar errors here and there, but none that hindered my understanding of the essay. Overall, he is a strong writer! Organization and developing arguments: He constructs logically valid arguments and understands how to use evidence effectively. Thesis: he had a clear and concise argument. Grammar and style: While he tends to sometimes repeat his points or use the same words, he uses sophisticated vocabulary and grammar patterns. Things to work on: Rebuttals against counter arguments: (it is more persuasive to directly counter a counter argument than to simply restate that your own arguments are "good") Extending conclusions of a paper: Why should the government be concerned about health of citizens? Is it the job of the school to educate students about health? Why should the reader care about this topic?"
"The student and I continued work on his research/argument paper. We concentrated on how to analyze sources and integrate research into a paper. He is doing much better at realizing when a sentence could be stronger or where a point should be made. By our next meeting on Monday, he should have the rest of the paper in a semi-polished state. We will edit it together."
"We finished the exercises that we didn't finish last time. Explanation of vocabulary and working on pronunciation. Corrected the text she wrote. Gave her homework for next time, also I asked her to study the 3 units of vocabulary and told her she will be tested next time on it."
"Worked on word families "ix" and "ill" and words ending in "s". Reviewed short a word families and sight words. She did a great job sounding out words and reading! I'm very proud of her!"
"These are the topics we covered this session: First student: 1. Reading A. We began the session by singing the letter sounds song from the while pointing at letters on my dry erase board to help her easily remember the letters and their sounds. I.e. "The "A" says aaah, the "A" says aaah. Every letter makes a sound, the "A" says aaah!" And so on.. - I plan to sing this song with her at the beginning of our sessions until she learns the song by heart and master letters and their sounds. B. Using her workbook and illustrations, we reviewed letters and sound recognition of A, B, C and introduced D and E. I asked her to trace upper and lower case letters A-E on the dry erase board, give the sound of each and identify pictures beginning with the given letters. 2. Math A. Using color cards, she did an awesome job identifying each and sorting them out one by one. B. Worksheet: she was asked to count the buttons on each snowman and circle the correct number to match each set. She is getting faster and a lot more comfortable counting slowly and accurately on her own. In this activity, we also talked about the concept of zero and emphasized that "zero means an empty set or nothing" which she remembers very well. 3. Fine Motor A. I asked her to lace around a cardboard to help improve her fine muscles. We will keep practicing to also develop eye-hand coordination. B. Tracing name and letters: she displays correct handling of writing materials. Right is her dominant hand for writing, coloring and handling. Second student: 1. Math: he worked on his math homework on addition. Using my counting blocks, I asked him to explain to me the concept of addition or putting things or numbers together in order for me to know if he understands the concept fully. He did a great job in doing it and seems like he is ready to work on more complex exercises. 2. Reading homework: he read the book entitled, "Twinkle Bug" as I timed him. The book was a little more difficult and longer but he still worked to finish reading the entire thing. 3. Word families: we practice reading word families as part of his homework."
"Began reviewing shape names, moved to weekly spelling test, and finished by reading through a passage about earthworms and answering basic questions on the material."