Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session focused exclusively on two areas. The first part of the session was spent helping the student develop his religion essay. I offered suggestions about making the essay stronger and provided input on revisions and corrections. The student then uploaded his corrected essay to his school website. Then we reviewed the next section of his reading and answered questions pertaining to the book. The student continued to ask questions during this portion of the session to get clarification about characters and plot themes."
"Student read 57 pages of the Yearling this week. He was able to summarize the text which was great. He needs to have the book finished by next week so has quite a bit of reading ahead of him. We went over again the benefits of summarizing the text in his own words after each paragraph and chapter. He is trying to read to "get it done" so I encouraged him to read for what he is trying to learn rather than just to get it done. I also suggested that due to the complex nature of the writing, he get the audiobook. We also started some idea maps for the three topics he needs to focus on while reading so that he can make notes of examples as he reads."
"Went through unit four in textbook. Student wrote four passages regarding: favorite music, favorite trip, a new type of food he tried, current event. I corrected his grammar (word choice, punctuation, spelling, tense, etc.) mistakes."
"The student is reading Romeo and Juliet. We went through act 3 scene 1 line by line, translating Elizabethan English into modern American English. He seemed more comfortable with the scene after doing so and was subsequently able to complete homework questions with very little assistance."
"Today, we finished the student's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde comparison paper. All it needed was transitions, a more flushed out conclusion, some minor editing and formatting details. She is often shy about writing in front of me, so often I usually have to work very hard to have her phrase most of the sentences. Once she writes them, they are usually fine. Overall, I think her paper was a success, and hopefully she will get a good grade on it."
"The student and I worked on an English assignment again. She was continuing to work on the poetry assignment and learning how to extract quotes from secondary sources and tying them with the primary source. I guided her as she practiced summarizing and paraphrasing the main ideas of the article."
"I reviewed the student's homework, which pertained to negating sentences, and I'm happy to report she seems to have mastered this skill. At the beginning of the session, we also focused on two common irregular verbs, "tell" vs. "say" and the differences between using either. We're beginning to shrift gears, away from conjugating verbs, to address other subtleties she has problems with. We spoke about when to use "he" vs. "him" and "she" vs. "her." We also spoke about when to use "this" vs. "that" in the context of several sentences, and the translation of the Spanish word "que," which can be tricky as it has several meanings in English, depending on the context."
"Student was radically behind in her studies, so we spoke of strategies for catching up and then staying on point. We discussed Orange is the New Black reading assignment and created a reading log in the proper format, with notes as to what was read and how the client interpreted the section. We also created a set of reading goals to help bring her up to date with the class in this book. We completed 5 units in vocabulary with discussion of root words and background on the vocabulary words in each unit."
"The student practiced writing several series of words (sight words, rhyming, his full name, and short and long vowel words). We also used the new tile book to create new words and rhyming words. We did pages in the workbooks that identified pictures with the beginning and ending sounds of certain letters as well as consonant blends (fr, cl, bl, tr, etc.). I introduced his Rewards Chart with various lesson categories as well as behavioral categories."
"Met with the student's mother to discuss his progress in Geography and reading. Discussed things that can be done to assist Paul in raising his grades in both classes by the end of the school year. The student and I had a mini review session over Romeo and Juliet. We read over the plot overview and story synopsis. He will begin reading Romeo and Juliet this week in class. We also explored the major themes of the story; Love, fate, individuals vs. society, language and wordplay. Finally we reviewed and discussed the main characters in the novel and some of the traits they display throughout the novel."
"Today, we reviewed for two upcoming tests: Jaws and a US Government multi-chapter test. We read some analyses on Jaws and reviews on each of the chapters of the book. We then studied about 30 US Government terms and I tested the student on them."
"We introduced the letter Hh. We practiced writing it, recognizing it, and beginning sounds. We also practiced following directions and deduction. The student is progressing very well."