Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued working on expository writing. The student used his planning grid to organize his thoughts. We will continue to work on his sentence structure and using higher level vocabulary in his writing. His attitude was positive and he was receptive to all feedback. With practice his sentence structure and use of higher vocabulary will improve."
"During this session, we read about Odysseus' encounter with the Cyclops in Homer's "Odyssey." We then wrote a paragraph that required the student to make predictions based upon factual evidence in the text. To write the paragraph, we went through the writing process: brainstorming, outlining, finding textual evidence to support claims, and then the draft. We worked to be deliberate with our choices of words and quotes -- we wanted his writing to pack the most punch into the fewest words, being direct and concise. We found textual evidence to support every claim and to validify his predictions. While writing the paragraph, he consistently referred to the topic sentence, a strategy to ensure all of the sentences stayed on topic and supported his claim. He also worked to ensure his topic sentence gave an interesting viewpoint that was both debatable and supportable."
"After reviewing the student's "parallel structure" practice problems from last week and addressing his questions about them, we reviewed the basic rules of comma use, and I had him work on a few practice problems for each basic rule. I also introduced him to the idea of adverbial clauses, provided examples, and had him work through a few examples of each. We discussed the difference between adverbial "dress-ups" and prepositional phrases. Finally, we walked through the basic elements of an essay, and I provided specific requirements for his upcoming assignment. After finishing "Alice and Wonderland" and the article I gave him, he will write a five paragraph essay-- paying special attention to his thesis statement, his clincher-words, and the required dress-ups and sentence openers. It was a pleasure to get into more specifics of the writing process with him He was fully engaged during our session, and was eager to implement the elements of our lesson."
"The student and I continued our work on phonics. The game we played today concentrated on consonant digraphs at the beginning and end of words. I noticed that when we switched to the Judy Moody book after playing our game, she was really struggling with it. I'm wondering if it might not be a good fit for her reading level? We will continue plugging away with phonics work, as some of the words she was struggling with are the letter combinations that we have been working on. Through repetition of our phonics activities, she will be able to recognize these letter sounds better, helping her to decode words easier as she is reading."
"The student and I continued to work in his reading strategies. He began to get frustrated when he was confusing words on his sight word list. I made a strategy where every time he got a word correct he got an incentive. This seemed to help. He is not following the words all the way through but only guessing after he looks at the first few letters."
"The student and I continued working on his Reading and comprehension, which he is definitely improving in. When he is given enough time, he is able to correctly read the words and understand the content. This also increases his confidence. We continued to reinforce the concepts of kinds of sentences and parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs)."