Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is working on a term paper on WWII. We discussed the importance of citation, organizational skills and research skills. His primary assignment due Friday was to have at least ten notes written for each topic on his outline. I explained how to organize the notes and how to immediately write the citation for each note so that he does not have to search for the source at the time he writes his paper."
"The student and I had a very good session yesterday. He is applying for a mentorship with a professor at the university, and I helped him draft the email/proposal to him, which is still in process. I also provided him with sheets on sentence structure, a glossary of grammar terms, and some sheets on sentence diagramming. He is a very committed student, and I am looking forward to working with him. We will begin our reading comprehension on Monday. I left him with an outline of what the rest of the email should be structured as."
"The student worked on writing different thesis statements based on the short story "The Lottery." His reading comprehension skills are excellent, but he tends to focus on superficial aspects of stories. This is not bad, but is different from the English class style of writing he needs to practice."
"Today, the student and I worked on rules for adding suffixes. He did a good job of keeping it all straight. We also worked on both reading and writing rule breakers. He is reading another Merlin Mission book, and we read several pages of that, and looked at both unfamiliar words and how to figure them out, as well as looking at some words that followed the rules we have been working on."
"Today, the student and I worked on spelling practice. She read for 20 minutes, including lots of new big words that were a challenge. She then had to tell and write down in four sentences what happened in the book. After that, she did a phonics word search and a crossword, to work on precision handwriting."
"Today, the student read her word study words, chose 5 words, and wrote sentences using those words. She also read 2 stories, one fiction and one nonfiction. Then, she wrote summaries. She has difficulty putting her thoughts into sentences. I had her verbally talk through her thinking to help. We also worked on rereading what she has written to make sure it makes sense and that there is tense agreement."