Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused heavily on understanding words in context and applying strategies to discern meaning from unknown words. We also focused on theme and how analysis and understanding of a theme can lead to greater overall comprehension."
"Today we completed a student questionnaire in which the student and I discussed his academic and social interests and approaches to his language arts class. Then we reviewed the language arts syllabus and began his present coursework: poetry. The student demonstrated a firm grasp on the unit terms 'rhyme' and 'reason' and we reviewed sight reading by reading the same poem fluently at his second encounter with it. Finally, we discussed his homework for his online class (reading the poetry collection) and set the due date as one week from today. This way, in our next session, we can review the reading and begin the unit assessment. The student demonstrated a complex command of language and inferential comprehension of texts and can use support explaining his ideas, sight reading, and organizing verbal information. In our next sessions, we will use both his coursework and his leisure reading to probe for comprehension and practice close reading."
"The student provided an update on the book she was reading. She has been summarizing the book's plot. I told her to write down questions and comments in her journal, and next time I will ask some specific questions to her for a review session. We then continued on to review identifying main idea and details in her assigned articles, along with her new vocabulary words."
"Today we discussed economics by reading two articles and discussing them and the parts that the student did not understand specifically. Then we talked about the American university and student loan system."
"Today we discussed the different kinds of business letters and being specific to an audience when writing a business letter. The student also wanted to know about citing a paper and what was considered a reliable vs. unreliable source, so we did some research on that. I sent him some information to help him tell the difference between reliable vs. unreliable sources, and then introduced him to a citation website, which was very helpful for me when I was taking my graduate classes. He worked on writing an opinion paper at the beginning of his session, and then studied for his finals."
"Today we discussed two books, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Arcady's Goal. For Arcady's Goal, the student did a great retelling of the story and was able to answer most comprehension questions about the story and each character. For Harry Potter, he was able to provide many details from the story. For next session, he will read the next book in the Harry Potter series."