Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was utilized assisting the student with his verb tenses. The student had a class worksheet that needed to be reviewed and corrected. The student was asked to examine verb tenses (Past, Present, Progressive etc.). The student was unsure about the use of some of the tenses. The tutor clarified the tenses. The student and tutor then began an online activity allowing the student to further develop his understanding of verb tenses."
"During this first session together, the student and I went through the basics of reading critically and writing well. Additionally, I gave him ten minutes to write a short paragraph in response to a prompt. We did this so I could get a brief understanding of his writing abilities. He is very willing to learn, so I think this will be a great match and I look forward to working with him in the upcoming semester."
"We read a parable called "The Faithful Dog". The student made a plot map summary of the text. We had to review what each word meant (exposition, rising action, etc.), but once he remembered them he could put the correct pieces of information in the correct spot. He could quickly identify the climax (where the characters changed), which is great! Most students struggle with that. He did need help prioritizing information in the rising action section (i.e. "Was the boy giving the dog a treat the most important event?" "No..." "What was more important?" "Meeting the dog was more important."). We also talked about theme and symbols in the parable. We read the same story but did different activities with it. Instead of creating a plot map, I gave him some information, and he plugged in the missing pieces. We also talked about the lesson the characters learned and made some inferences about how the dog and the boy felt at different points in the story. We added some words he didn't know to his dictionary. He works through texts very patiently and carefully. He tries very hard and checks for understanding as he reads. He'll go back to reread a sentence when he realizes he doesn't understand it, and that is such a great habit to have! I'll bring phonics practice next time. After the story, we made slime. We read a procedural text about what slime was and how to make it. We had to go through the instructions and figure out which steps were out of order, which steps had too much information and eliminate the extra stuff, and we talked about subtitles and how to find information. After that, we followed the steps to make their own personal bag of slime. The student worked on his handwriting after he made the slime, and I left extra handwriting practice paper for him to use."
"Today the student and I shared reading time for two selections from the text we are using. She answered questions demonstrating reading comprehension, as well as questions related to the main idea and grammar. She offers observations that are consistent for her age and grade in high school. We will continue with the current text we are using and explore possible novels for the future, as well as more grammar."
"Today we covered reading comprehension, specifically deciphering the who, what, where, when, how, and why of paragraphs. If the questions were easy, the student answered them quickly. When the questions became difficult, I affirmed that working through difficulty in studying, working THROUGH difficulty, is what matters and makes a person succeed. I left him with two more questions on a paragraph, and then two more paragraphs with five questions each. This session had a huge win in that he began by avoiding complete sentences and dragging his feet, and ended writing not only full sentences, but he even corrected his own writing to contain more specific full sentences! I saw that when I affirmed him for his hard work and patience, it made him want to work harder. I'm excited to see him continue to grow!"
"The student and I discussed two of his assignments. First, his dialectical journal. We reviewed the teacher's comments then edited his responses. Then, his article analysis. We discussed the article then I helped him with ideas on which to write."