Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked through his homework. The topic was commonly confused words (a lot, a lot; effect, affect). He did not seem to struggle and embraced these confusing words with good humor."
"During this session, I helped the student study for a History test, and we reviewed a homonym worksheet. For his History test, he has to properly identify the majority of the states on a map. I had him print out a handful of blank maps, so he could practice writing in the state names as if he were taking a test. He did an excellent job memorizing the location and name of each state. For the states that were somewhat challenging to remember, we came up with stories and/or nicknames which related to the shape and name of each state. He also did a great job with his homonym worksheet and knew 80% of the homonyms before I started quizzing him on the definition and proper spelling of each homonym. He had to place each homonym in a sentence, and he did so with confidence and ease. I made a list of literary terms (imagery, similes, metaphors, personification) which I asked him to identify and underline in the text of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Our plan is to really dive into the text next session."
"The student and I continued to work on prepping him for the exam. Today we read two different texts, both informational. He seems to do very well with fictional texts so I think our time would be best suited to practice doing multiple choice for informational texts. On our first text, he received a 6/8 and on the second reading a 6/6. The student did better on the second reading because he went back and double checked his work. We have developed a strategy where he immediately gets rid of two incorrect answers before going back to the text and seeing what is the "best" answer, not necessary just the "correct" answer. With the remaining time, we worked on his history homework in which he had to craft a paragraph from a question on Teddy Roosevelt. He has the information in his head and just needs to focus on writing coherent and logically structured paragraphs. We are working on "turning the question around" to help him with sentence starters. Because I am not seeing him for a day, I left him with two texts. His assignment is to answer the three short answer and just plan the essay. We will review his short responses and then write the essay during our next session."
"The student and I went over the introduction paragraph for his essay, restructuring sentences and working on basic grammatical issues. We also went over his Works Cited page, and I showed him how to properly format it."
"The student and I went over vowels and consonants together. She provided at least 2 words that began each consonant. I explained to her that there are 5 vowels and taught her the definition of consonants. We went over her spelling words for the week to prepare her for her weekly spelling test. Her assignment for the week is to learn short i and short u words provided by her teacher. She was able to identify the short i and short u words, write down some of her spelling words, and sound them out. I suggested that she go over her words every day until her spelling test on Friday."
"The student and I went through a very challenging reading passage today, in which we spent time analyzing it. I asked her comprehension and extension questions. It will be beneficial to continue working through these reading passages, especially the ones that use more figurative language. She also worked through a writing prompt that she will complete next week."