Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"After completing his free write, cursive practice, and syllabication exercises, we discussed the student's progress report that showed an improvement in every class but science. We spent some time discussing his difficulties in science and we'll go over some of his notes handouts in order to show him how to annotate and find the most important material. We spent the rest of our session working on thesis statements, since the writing SOL is next week and the student struggled with thesis statements on a worksheet from English class. I taught him a simple equation to get a thesis statement: topic + claim = thesis. We created several simple theses and he had to label the topic and claim in each one. Then we used 2 released SOL prompts and created a thesis statement for each, and added a "because clause" to strengthen the claim. We'll continue with thesis statements this week and the student stated that this method was very easy for him to complete."
"The student has a big test on "Roll of Thunder..." coming up on Friday. I did my best to review with him the major events of Chapters 11 & 12 using small, representative pictures that I had previously gathered from the internet. While reviewing, I created picture and text plot sequence summaries of the chapters with the pictures and worksheets I brought as we had done for Chapters 9 & 10 before. I read the longer text chapter summary, and then told him which pictures and text to use. I also filled out a rising/climax/falling plot diagram handout to give an overview of the entire novel."
"The primary focus of this session was to review the passages the student read since our last meeting, and the paragraphs he wrote. He is learning to be more detailed in his writing. We worked on extracting more information from the text and developing the ideas of his responses. I went over some basics pertaining to capitalization, punctuation, quotations, sentence structure, etc. He has good ideas, and we will continue to work on improving his reading and writing skills. He is also learning to be more active as a reader, and to underline his text and take notes."
"He and I did a little bit of everything during this session. We first knocked out some outstanding assignments for his literature class, which entailed little more than doing some online research. We then completed an assignment for his math class on probability, which he seems to have a good handle on. Then, we shifted gears to his upcoming college essay, which is also due in his literature class. Though we knew more or less what he wanted to write about, he has always struggled with articulation, so I conducted a sort of mock interview to get him talking about his favorite activity: police work. He really did a great job opening up and giving me insightful answers that will eventually serve as the building blocks of his essay. Finally, we did some review for his upcoming assessment in his American Sign Language class. Not having school and meeting earlier in the day definitely helped his concentration and focus, and we made a lot of headway as a result."
"He and I focused on using context clues to figure out the meaning of new words. We looked over one of his previously done quizzes on a website, and I determined this is where he may need some more focus. We talked about how to go about using context clues. Although he struggled at first, by the end of our session, he was able to apply the information to new situations and did a great job. We will work more on determining the meaning of phrases next week. "
"He and I had a great session today! His attitude is really good, and he works hard. We worked on paragraph writing, grammar, punctuation, sentence completion, word meaning by context, and slowing down when reading to ensure optimum comprehension. We also discussed combining sentences. He will continue to practice writing paragraphs between now and Tuesday, and I am sending him some additional grammar practice."