Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session the student worked on some practice pages on singular and plural possessive nouns. He also reviewed with me the persuasive essay he had written, and we worked together to improve the writing. He was also asked to pre-write an outline for a composition after reading two speeches and making his choice for a candidate for class president."
"We worked on English homework. She had to write her own vocabulary quiz about A Midsummer Night's Dream. The assignment took the whole session, but we completed the task, and went over everything very thoroughly. She knows all of the definitions, but she was having trouble relating them to the text. I realize now that perhaps, we should have started by reviewing specific scenes from the text. This may have made it easier for her to ask questions. Instead, I think she felt a little overwhelmed thinking about the text as a whole, and as a result, came up with vague questions the first time around. We had to take the vague questions and go back and look at the text to make sure they applied, and make them more specific."
"We are focusing on writing so I had the student look at some passages to see how they are organized. I pointed out that topic sentences are important to guide the reader and various patterns lend themselves to specific goals. We continued by working on sequential writing- the steps in a process such as building a wall with building sets or making a peanut butter sandwich. The student worked hard and was very specific as we went along. We finished with brainstorming summer activities and then discussed how the brainstorming helped with the writing."
"In this session we discussed the book he'd been reading for the week, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." The student only spent about 40 minutes on it, so he's rereading it this week. He did remember quite a few points from the parts he read, but had not read the whole thing. He was nicely focused this week, and prepared to work. He took his time on worksheets that we did together and did a great job. He got another high score on an asteroid game that we use to review the parts of speech, and he's definitely improving in that area. I'm really proud of his progress. Next week we will be discussing the book from last week."
"In this session, I helped the student work on the sight words portion of her packet. Through this exercise, she was able to define what a pattern is, and identify which words belonged in the -ack group, and which belonged in the -ick group. We focused on what the vowel in the middle of the word is, and how the vowel makes these two groupings of words different. I emphasized the importance of brainstorming and working through what her questions are asking of her before immediately beginning to write."
"In this session, I made sure to look over the student's homework before he turned it in. We also looked at some reading comprehension for the author's purpose. We looked at a piece of nonfiction informational text and identified the overall purpose of the author writing the piece. He was also introduced to the main author's purpose for writing (entertain, inform, and persuade). In a future session, we will examine shorter passages to build his stamina in reading and look more at author's purpose. I would also like for him to get some exposure to his exam material, since this and his state test should be coming up rather soon."