Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We once again covered reading comprehension skills such as underlining within the text. When responding to reading questions I had him make a note of where he found the answer in the text so the student could get used to looking into the text for answers rather than trying to respond from memory. I also had him correct the questions he answered incorrectly by finding textual evidence as to why the response he chose was incorrect. He ended up averaging 9 to10 correct."
"We spent most of the lesson working on in-paragraph transitions. She first identified all the transitions in a well formed paragraph, then we looked at several with no transitions and compared them with when there were transitions. She then completed a worksheet filling in transitions on her own in a paragraph. We concluded the lesson working on vocabulary for a quiz she had tomorrow."
"The student and I started the sentence with a grammar activity. The student has improved on his ability to identify the subject of complicated sentences and choose the correct verb to complete the sentence. Then we completed two ACT reading passages. Through these passages, I asked the student to explain why he chose each answer, and I pushed him to use details from the text. He is improving in his ability to choose the correct answer, but he still needs to work on support his answers with valid evidence from the text. During the last half hour of the session, we worked on reading primary sources from World War II. I asked the student to retell what he read and explain the meaning of complicated sentences. During this exercise, the student did a great job understanding the main idea."
"I started with a reading response questionnaire. It had various questions about summarizing, making inferences, and text evidence. This was for me to get a good understanding of where the students' strengths and weaknesses lie. Next, we read a short story passage together and discussed story lessons and text evidence. I also had them pick some books they would enjoy reading, so that I may use one of them for literary passages and lesson material."
"For our first session, we began by going over the syllabus for his American Literature course. I took note of the books he needs to read and will help him with the material as the school year progresses. We then read an essay prompt and discussed what makes a good argument. The student and I talked through an outline for an essay about "absence makes the heart grow fonder" and I asked him to turn the outline into short essay form for next week. He seemed to struggle with organizing a logical argument on his own, so that is something we will work on together during our sessions. We then did several multiple choice grammar exercises. This was a good way to bring up some common mistakes that may appear in his writing, and this will also help him if he plans on taking the PSAT or SAT at any point. We talked about defining the different parts of a sentence and discussed how to improve sentences based on this knowledge. I look forward to working with the student to develop some strategies for reading and writing critically. Though I can tell he struggles with comprehension, we will work together to create some strategies that he can use to approach a difficult passage. He has a great attitude and worked very hard throughout the entire session. Next week, I will work with him to improve his short essay and we will continue working on comprehension as well. I reminded him to ask his teacher what kind of outside resources he will be allowed to use in addition to the texts."
"First I worked with Student M using the resource workbooks recommended to the family. He read 2 passages, annotated while reading, and answered the accompanying questions. He did well utilizing the strategies we've been creating together. For his writing response, he worked on a compare/ contrast prompt, and we highlighted focus areas of topic sentence, transition words, and concluding sentences going forward. Then, I worked with Student J on a 5th grade passage (as he has advanced beyond 4th grade work). He did a good job mapping a historical fiction passage and answering the accompanying questions. We will continue working on writing component for extended responses."