Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"On Sunday, I helped the student study for his quiz. The student had a difficult time with mapping all the different characters and their relationships to one another, so I helped him map them out. I drew out the character relationships on a piece of paper, and this visual aid really seemed to have helped. We then went through each character and described their personality traits and their role in the story. At the end of the session, he was able to recount all the characters, what their significance was in the story, and how they interacted with one another."
"The student and I finished reading The Magic School Bus and reviewing all relevant vocabulary. This particular book provided plenty of new words for us to sink our teeth into, and we added them to the student's vocabulary list, making flashcards to review as well. Finally, we picked out additional books for the student to begin reading at our next session."
"The student and I began today's tutoring session with some pre-algebra work. Specifically, I had him work on solving algebraic, multi-step equations. After completing several problems on the pre-algebra worksheet, we both agreed that this specific workbook was too easy. For our next tutoring lesson, we will begin work in an Algebra I workbook (at school they are working on combining like terms). After the pre-algebra work, I had him make a journal entry and complete a part of a speech worksheet. This worksheet is a review of the basic parts of speech: what is a noun, verb, adjective, pronoun, proper noun, possessive noun, and using correct tense (past, present, and future). We will review these terms again during our next tutoring session. Following the review of parts of speech, I had him write a list of 6 adjectives and 6 nouns of things he might see at a theme park that he will be going to soon. After completing the list, I instructed him to write a paragraph about the park and include all the words in his list. The student's writing skills are strong. His paragraph was very good because it was very descriptive. We concluded today's tutoring session with reading. I had him read a one-page story aloud: "A Beacon of Light" (about lighthouses), and then I had him complete a page of comprehension questions on the story. He is a strong reader and he understands what he reads. He is a very bright student. He was very attentive and was focused on the task at hand, and our tutoring session was very productive."
"Today we began with our sight word cards, words with 1 or 2 letters. Then we practiced writing them. Next we worked on our rhyming and comprehension worksheets. We ended by reading a BOB book about Mac. I see the student's confidence and excitement building every day!"
"Today we covered reading comprehension, reading from a passage and answering questions. We practiced using context clues as a way to figure out the meaning of certain words, and continued practicing sounding words out and pronouncing them correctly. The student has improved so much, and even told me that her teacher made a comment about how much better she's been doing! I definitely saw improvements myself as she read the story and answered questions. She was able to tackle big words, sound new words out and remember them, and read at a faster pace while still absorbing the material. I'm very proud of her and would consider this a huge win! She's also become a lot more confident when learning new words and has gained more trust in herself."
"Today we covered the student's spelling word list, and she did one of the three spelling word assignments that are due this upcoming Friday. After that, she worked on her math homework, and completed that. Lastly, we studied for her social studies test and vocabulary test."