Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's mom shared a science assignment with me in which he was to write a report on a controversial science topic. He did well for the most part, but he needed to have cited more evidence and used data to support his claim. For the next session, I will have materials prepared so that he can work on punctuation, comma rules, how to punctuate quotations, and basic editing skills."
"As usual, we began with the homework check, and as usual, the student nailed the homework. Then, there was what has become the usual dictation test, which she also pretty much nailed, with just some very minor mistakes. There is homework to practice the phrases we learned today. Much of the lesson was taken up with a rudimentary board game to practice concepts she has already learned and to teach new kanji and vocabulary."
"The student and I spent time talking about his short story and considering what is working well and how to continue to develop it. His sentence structure throughout is simple, but direct. We are considering how to build more complicated and specific sentences that incorporate more information. We're also using this short story form to allow the student to finish an idea, use brevity to his advantage, and create a lasting impression in his reader's mind about his positive ability as a writer. The student's work for next week is to use the work we did to dig deeper into his character and allow that to inform his revision. He is also in charge of finishing the story so that it has a strong conclusion."
"The student did well today! He read well, and we went over some comprehension questions. He worked through all of the comprehension activities very well, but I could tell he was thinking harder about the answers. Today, we focused on predictions, and he did a lot better with this than he has in the past. He was able to relate it to his own experiences with minimal guidance and make predictions about the text."
"We had a good session. We went over a science diagnostic test that he had finished and then went through a reading diagnostic test together. I think that most of the student's struggles come from reading comprehension and vocabulary, whether that is in the science or reading. I suggested getting vocabulary flashcards and reading more older source material, while also actively looking up words he's unclear about. Also looking at common pre- and suffixes, especially to determine what kind of a noun it is, or looking for roots."
"We went over how to write an essay and an outline, the structure of the SSAT score report, how to get to the proper lessons online, and reviewed the student's homework. We reviewed some study and test-taking strategies in this session. The student's attitude was great."