Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student continues to work hard and is making progress. During this session, she completed a challenging exercise in one of her workbooks without a single word spelled incorrectly. She's also working on capitalization, and we plan to address punctuation in more detail as we go along. After reviewing spelling words and doing other workbook exercises, we began the process of writing a story. She wrote out several plot lines during the session and really seemed to enjoy the process. She will choose one plot line and work on developing characters and other elements between now and our next session on Tuesday. I encouraged her, in the meantime, to continue writing in her journal, proofreading all her work, and using the dictionary when she's in doubt or stuck on a word."
" The student continued his work in the workbook. He completed practice set one, task 4 (personal narrative writing). He also completed practice set two, tasks one and two. He began task three, writing a short story. We focused specifically on composing a short story by describing a problem, how the main character confronts the problem and how the main character resolves the problem. I gave him an assignment to write a journal entry of at least one page every Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, he may write more entries during the week, if he can find the time. In the journal he is to write anything he wants without the restriction of an assigned topic or the anxiety of being graded. I believe this may help him to be able to write more freely and quickly in other settings."
"This session, the student and I reviewed his science essay. We discussed beginning with a more focused introduction, keeping the interesting anecdote in the beginning, but focusing it more on the central topic of the seasons. Then we went over the remaining paragraphs, clarifying some subject-verb agreement and discussing some minor style points. Finally, we began outlining another historical essay which will focus on the reasons rise of faith in Israel. His detailed knowledge of genealogy, great prophets and events from this region will be of great use in this essay. For next time, the student will complete a detailed outline focusing on a thesis point supported by evidence and potentially a counterexample and if he feels ready, start writing the essay."
"The student and I meet and got to know one another in this session! She is quiet, but she seemed excited about learning and was proud of herself after spelling a few words. She did well with her letters and was able to identify all the letters in the alphabet. We worked on spelling and sounding out words by sounding out the individual letters. She did very well with this! I am looking forward to working with her and watching her grow over the summer!"
"The student and I met at the library, and we reviewed some Dolch sight words together as well as some books and flashcards he has been working on with his family. We discussed his interests (dinosaurs!) and talked about reading. The first session is my chance to assess the student and then plan a course of tutoring. I determined he needs additional support in mastering diphthongs and digraphs, so we will be focusing on those as well as other sight words."
"The student and I met for an hour today. She started reading "Amelia Lost," a nonfiction book for her summer reading assignment. She reported that since we last met, she read 30-45 minutes a day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I had her give me a brief summary of the first two chapters, then we continued on to read chapters 2 and 3. After each chapter, I had her create a title for each chapter based on what happened and then write 3-4 bullet points about important occurrences in the chapter. I think that having these summaries will be helpful when it comes to organizing her timeline for the summer reading project."