Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed the poetry packet and assignment that we reviewed on Thursday. I had the student finish her first draft, which entailed writing out rough sentences to reach the 4 stanza mark. I reiterated that writing is a process: it does not need to be perfect the first time. On that note, we switched gears to look at and go over the vocabulary terms/literary devices that the student needed to include in her poem, including personification, metaphor, simile, and allusion. I was hoping this would give us a couple minutes break from looking at what the student had just written, so that we could then return to it with "fresh eyes." We eventually went back to her writing, experimented with the literary devices and found places to include all of them. The student has a good concept of what each of the literary devices is, she just needs to take the time to remember the definitions and think through what a good example would be. After revising the student's first draft and including all of the literary devices, we went back and fixed small things (verb tense, punctuation, spelling, etc.) to make her final draft ready to be submitted. I had the student read her final product out loud and I was happy to see a small smile creep across her face. She said it was better than she thought she could have done. I encouraged her and told her to pass the assignment in early for her teacher to look over. As with most assignments, the student seemed scattered and anxious at first, but ended up doing really well once she spent the time focusing on it."
"He worked on his Christmas story group assignment, finished economics homework, and reviewed for his upcoming vocabulary test."
"The student and I began today's tutoring session by reviewing some Algebra work. Specifically, the student did a worksheet that focused on algebraic equations that combine like terms (p. 17). He completed 8 problems. We worked on them together until all 8 of the Algebra problems were correct. After reviewing the 8 Algebra problems, we reviewed / went over the parts of speech: noun, adjective, verb, pronoun, proper noun, possessive noun, and tense (past, present, and future). He is getting close to mastery of this material (parts of speech). After our parts of speech review, the student wrote a paragraph about his life at school. When he was done writing his paragraph, the student read it to me aloud. He is a strong writer who uses very descriptive phrases. We will continue to work on his writing skill in the lessons ahead. After the student finished writing his paragraph about his school life, we concluded today's tutoring session with reading. Specifically, the student read aloud a short, one-page story called "It's a Bird's Life" (p.46). He is a strong reader. He makes very few reading errors. Also, the student understands what he reads. After the student read the one-page passage to me, he worked on a page of comprehension questions (that related to the story he just read -- p. 47). Out of the 10 story comprehension questions that the student completed, he got all 10 correct (100% -- Bravo!). He is a very bright student. He is making good progress in his Algebra and English skills."
"We began with a Level B reader. Using this book as a prompt, we played I Spy to practice describing things in our environment (color, shape, location with preposition words, etc.). Then, we practiced reading and using five new sight words in a worksheet provided by the school for summer practice. Next, we used my Dolch List 1 sight word flashcards and played a game to review reading and using sight words; the student did a pretty good job with these. Finally, she drew a picture about her favorite part of summer and wrote a sentence beneath to accompany it. This was helpful as an end-of-summer writing assessment. She used a lot of invented spelling."
"We covered contractions, digraphs, r-controlled vowels, CVCe words, missed words, and C & G rules S-blends."
"We covered reading, word recognition, and printing of letters and numbers. In addition, we worked from an age-appropriate workbook with problems ranging from math to shapes and letters. The student is doing well."