Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We selected a topic for the student's next essay and crafted an outline for him to complete as he works on the assignment. The assignment is to summarize and analyze a poem of his choice. While the assignment is to be completed during school hours, he is permitted to develop an outline prior to class. He was motivated to complete the essay and the topic was of particular interest to him."
"The student finished her first research paper today. She has shown very good instincts in writing. She has creative thought which mixed well with her good research. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading her work. For next week, we will choose not a scientific analysis, but a literary or historical one."
"The student has completed her English research paper. Today we debriefed the paper, focusing on the introduction and conclusion. I gave her some advice on how to write an introduction and tried to give her an example of how she could make the introduction work better for her paper. We also discussed her conclusion, which needs a little more specificity. She did very well on this paper overall. For next time we meet, she is going to attempt to rewrite the introduction and conclusion of this paper, keeping my advice in mind."
"Today I retested the student with the Benchmark Assessment Level Z. He didn't show improvement from his last test, but we did find where he struggles. He needs a little prompting to review the text and find textual-based answers. He often relies on his memory and creativity, which gives him a partial answer or even incorrect answers. We went over his assessment and found the correct answers by highlighting/underlining the textual evidence and agreed to keep up with this strategy to find answers."
"Today I reviewed the activity from yesterday using the letter "i" to read words with short and long i's. The student was getting better at reading the words I gave her! Then I used the the letter "a" in a similar activity. Afterwards, I had her make her own letter cards so that she could do this activity at home with her grandmother or grandfather. She enjoyed the activity and wanted to continue doing it at home. There was a problem with the concept of what a vowel is, so I shared a song about vowels with her and taught it to her. I wrote out the song for her to read and practice. She is a sweet young girl, and is is a great student who enjoys learning."
"Today I reviewed the student's summary of chapter 4 of Little Women. She is still retelling instead of summarizing, but it is getting better! She does well with guidance; however, she tends to get distracted easily if she finds the material difficult. We will continue to work on building stamina. After, I taught her the acronym FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) for coordinating conjunctions. I noticed as we were summarizing she was creating many run on sentences, so it is important that we work on how to use conjunctions properly. We will continue conjunctions next time by reviewing FANBOYS and introducing subordinating conjunctions. I had her summarize chapter 5 for our next session because I can tell that we still need to work on only stating the main ideas and not small details."