Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student got back late from his weekend trip, and we had to really hustle to have him finish his paper on William Faulkner's "Barn Burning." He had to analyze the short story and write about the conflict between the two central characters, Abner Snopes and his son Sarty. He struggled some with getting all of his thoughts and ideas on paper in the proper order, but we were able to work on this, and he put together a good three-page paper. The key for him is to start these papers sooner so we can review them earlier than the night before they are due. He still must work harder on being more descriptive and creative with his writing. He has the ability to get this done, but he must put in the extra effort to achieve this. Overall, a good paper but he can do even better if he focuses on being a great writer."
"The student brought two really fabulous sources to today's session. We reviewed the sources and went over how they fit with her thesis. I looked at the introduction to her draft, and asked her to work on strengthening the thesis statement. I helped her come up with a rough outline of how to organize the paper and reviewed how to really pack a punch with her topic sentences. The paper is due before our next meeting, so she will review subsequent drafts with her mother."
"The student worked on correcting errors today as well as researching for the inclusion of a new body paragraph. Her writing is outstanding! We will finish this weekend with this research persuasive paper."
"Today I had the student read his high frequency word card for quick reading. I will add to them next session with the rest of the list. I also had him work on spelling homophones (ai-a with silent e-eigh). I gave him a worksheet to practice spelling from school and we reviewed how to mark-up a multi-step math word problem using the CUBES strategy. I then had him practice 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication, converting decimals to fractions, and creating equivalent fractions."
"Today I introduced a new story, "My Favorite Alley Cat," which is on a Lexile Level closer to previous texts. Her WPM was within our goal of 85-95 WPM. We also worked on "ear"/"air"/"are" spelling patterns."
"Today I introduced the student to new sight words. After one run through he could accurately recognize and pronounce about 90% of them. Therefore, I will augment the number of sight words. I was greatly impressed by his confidence when he made an initial error and corrected it immediately. I am confident that he will continue to improve in his writing and spelling. Moreover, with the addition of sight words to his activity list, I am likewise confident that his reading level will increase as well."