Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began today's tutoring lesson by reviewing the Chapter 5 math review in his textbook, "Beginning Algebra". Specifically, the student completed problems # 131 -- 149 (odds only). The algebra topics covered in the last part of the Chapter 5 Quiz was multiplying and dividing polynomials. Next, the student took section 1, verbal reasoning, of the ISEE -- Upper Level practice test. After completing section 1, I had the student complete section 3, reading comprehension, of the ISEE -- Upper Division practice test. Since the student took the Chapter 7 Quiz on the new vocabulary last week, I had him take the Chapter 7 retake quiz today. We finished today's tutoring lesson by reviewing Chapter 8 in the "Vocabulary Cartoons" Book. I will give the student the Chapter 8 quiz next week. He is an excellent student. He is always focused on the task at hand. Thus our tutoring sessions are always very productive."
"Student A - worked on her Social Studies homework and some study skills to prepare for quiz. Student B - worked on annotating A Separate Peace in preparation for an upcoming paper."
"Today I spent time getting to know this student by discussing her life and plans, and then having her write a draft biography. We talked about strategies for quick organization. She reports that she has lower grades in essay writing, and understands that she needs to spend more time with her writing prior to submission. She reports that she has a challenge with getting beyond the first line (development of ideas) and organization. She has homework. She is to respond to a letter to the editor in today's Wall Street Journal. I asked her to list all of the questions that come to mind as she reads it and then write a response. We will unpack it on Saturday looking for his assumptions, her ideas, and the best way to organize her response. I gave her a writing guide and asked her to read up on the semicolon, which she indicated was a concern. She also has asked for help with the use of dashes."
"Today, we covered 'b' and 'd,' where he had to write the word the picture represented, and then identity the sound that was being used, either a b or a d. I had him spell a couple of the more challenging words or words that had both b and d in them, and he did fairly well. He still has trouble mixing up the letters even when he knows the word. We'll continue to work on this. We also covered 'y' at the end of the word, making the long e sound, and he seemed to grasp that concept pretty quickly. We'll review this and b and d words/sounds next week along with the digraphs that we covered. He continues to be focused and energetic during his lessons."
"Today, we covered a worksheet on consonants, targeting B's and D's. He was able to complete a worksheet on D phonetics, spelling, and pronunciation. We also read one of his storybooks, trying to relate to as many words on the D worksheet and his 'ice cream flavors' word list from school. Finally, he read a Pokemon story he created last week and wrote/drew a new sequel to the Pokemon story."
"Today, we covered grammar with a focus on punctuation and identification of the 4 types of sentences. Student struggled to identify/create sentence types. He stuck with the work and completed all the task given. We continued to use a token chart to provide a check-in schedule, along with positive verbal praise. He was more willing to work on writing and had success with both reading and writing new cursive letters and words."