Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student and I started with a quick write. For homework, she will be writing about a utopia. We spent our session brainstorming about what her utopia would be like so she would be prepared for her homework."
"The student wrote about what animal he would be and why. I encouraged him to include details from the five senses in his writing. He has made a marked improvement in his comprehension of spelling conventions, punctuation, and grammar! We had an amazing, engaged session. We played word games to help him stretch his vocabulary and continue to grapple with spelling."
"The student worked on a writing assignment, which addresses the Common Core Standards, Text types and Purposes, specifically, writing to inform and Production and Distribution of Writing. This assignment is due this Friday. The title of the assignment is "Mine Craft". During this session the writing process focus was revision. I encouraged him to organize his writing and provide illustrations, facts and details to help readers better understand the topic."
"A very good session. The student's paragraph on pirates was great. We also did several sentence correction worksheets, and he did very well: in my opinion, he's quite advanced in the use of commas and apostrophes. I was impressed. We worked on dependent and independent clauses, and were just getting started on prepositional phrases. The student's writing will continue to improve."
"Today the student and I spent the majority of our session rewriting an essay he had written for school that hadn't received full marks. We used his teacher's feedback as well as the grading rubric to edit his essay. Specifically, we removed sentences that didn't belong, added details, and rewrote conclusion sentences. A few of his concluding sentences were too similar to the introductory sentences, so I helped him think of different ways to end his paragraphs. It was a bit difficult for him to think of alternative conclusion sentences, but once I got him started, he could see where I was going and could finish the thought. At the end of the session we started a creative writing project adding details to a poem he had written called "If I Ran the World." Instead of just stating what he didn't like about the world (homework and violin), we added details about what he would like the world to be like instead."
"Today the student and I focused on writing. He has cards to help with topic ideas, so we wrote one paper on describing honey bees, and started one paper on a creative writing story about Larry the howler monkey. His writing is good and we will review how to organize his writing. We talked a lot about how to order or sentences within a paragraph."
"Today we covered how to thoroughly answer a long open-ended essay question based on a passage. First we reviewed how to understand each part of the question by breaking it into parts, followed by creating an outline for the essay. Student seemed to have some difficulty with essay structure. He did not seem sure as to which order in the essay he should write the responses to the different parts of the question, and we reviewed how there are multiple ways to answer any one essay question and that he should just try to write an essay that progresses logically from beginning to end. After that, he finished writing his essay. We went back and reviewed the importance of creating a short outline. Going forward we will focus some more on essay structure and organization of ideas."
"I worked with student 1 on her book report. She is a fast reader. I spent 30 minutes tutoring student 2 on 4th grade social studies for her upcoming test. We covered farming and industry. She knew the material well. Next time, I will bring some background reading about 19th century America and we will start reading about Indiana for an upcoming state report assignment."
"The student did a solid job on his homework assignment from last week. However, his stories often consist of short, factual sentences, rather than descriptive sentences. This week we worked on matching adjectives with nouns and adverbs with verbs. Together we created a list and from that list he and I (separately) wrote ten descriptive sentences. I understand the difference between his previous sentences and the ones he wrote today. We also discussed the definition and examples of a simile. His assignment for next Saturday is to write a 150-word story about the topic he chose from the flashcards and use adverbs, adjectives and similes in longer sentences."
"I specifically covered taking time to write neatly; worked specifically on lower case "a." The student struggled with rushing and therefore having sloppy writing. He had a fantastic, positive attitude."
"The student and I reviewed her spelling words for the week (these words included the 'Ar' sound). I believe that she is improving in her ability to sound out the spelling of words. She only needed help with one or two words. After this we did some of her homework sheets pertaining to these spelling words. We also read from her 'Pirates' Book. She was able to read more of this book by herself than she normally does. I think that she was more focused during this session and did well!"
"We covered providing support for an outline, timed writing, and how to start opinion sentences. I introduced him to free writing for a set amount of time. I am working on getting to know the student better and see what his interests are so that he can elaborate on them in his essays."