Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was focused and on point today! He maintained good attention throughout. He completed his assignment prior to the lesson, and he bore with me as I walked him through the specifics. Aside from continued "productivity" work, we also spent a good chunk of time fine-tuning the essay the student had begun on our first lesson together. First, we reviewed the body of the piece, and then he wrote a conclusion paragraph that summed up his points concisely. We ended the lesson by retuning his introduction, which had served a good purpose at the beginning but no longer reflected the content of his work. Next lesson, we will focus almost solely on colloquialisms and the use of the first person in formal writing. We touched upon colloquial speech vs. written speech today, but for the next few weeks, we will dive headlong into the difference in register and how the student can recognize what constitutes formal language."
"I've been having the student write paragraphs during our sessions, but since she'll be entering high school next year, I wanted her to try to lengthen and expand upon her ides more. This session, I gave her a starting topic that I had her continue to elaborate on and improve. She did quite well in this exercise and is always willing to take direction and do the work. I also went through a couple of grammar points with her, particularly regarding punctuation. When she was writing, I started highlighting problem areas and letting her fix them herself without direction, and she generally did so correctly. She is incorporating quotations into her writing with the correct punctuation, which is an improvement from our last few sessions."
"The student and I continued to correct an essay she wrote for me about her daily routine during this session. I also corrected her reading-and-answer-questions homework for her, she did very well on it. She also started to write an essay for next week about different steps when learning how to ice skate, so that we can practice transition words, sentence structure, paragraph formation, etc."
"The student wanted to make some specific changes to her letter of request based on the circumstances at hand. She sent me a list of items that she needed to include but did not know how to formulate or phrase. We were able to locate and modify a few examples to match her needs. The letter was rewritten with these changes in place, and she will let me know of any other concerns after reading this latest version."
"The student warmed-up with some pronoun review, and then we jumped into a lesson about verbs. Then, we focused on spelling words for the rest of the session. We discussed strategies for remembering the trickiest of his words this week (opportunity, conscientious, and procedure gave him trouble) and did a practice spelling test to finish."
"The student was a bit reluctant to focus today. However, once we decided on a game of "What I Learned This Week," his mood changed and we were able to write over a page's worth of ideas in his daily journal. We segued to our three workbooks and completed 2/3 exercises in each book which was a great feat for him. I've advised him to write about his time away and give a clear account of each day in his journal. The writing exercises are a good jumping-off point for him and they get him thinking outside the box and keep him from making excuses about having no opinions on topics. In spite of the slow start, this was a very productive hour and the student did very well in this tutoring session."