Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I walked through her latest essay with an eye toward restructuring her introductory paragraph to articulate a more comprehensive "roadmap" for the rest of her essay. We also spent significant time looking at the organization of ideas in her writing and the flow between paragraphs. Much of the work was attempting to deepen her practice of constructing and regularly employing specific language as she crafts her writing."
"We assessed the student's reading and phonics ability. He is a very advanced reader. His parents would like him to work on his writing, punctuation, and spelling words he hears. We read a book about the Justice League. He worked on his essay assignment from school, and we read Two Bad Ants. Next time we will do more reading and some more advanced writing assignments."
"In this session, the student and I covered in detail the following concepts: essay structure of literary analysis essays, application of literary devices for critical thinking in regards to short fiction, and integration of quotes as textual evidence to support analytical claims. He demonstrated a positive and enthusiastic attitude throughout the session as well as a strong understanding of the application/ purpose of literary devices. I am confident that, after completing this session, he will do well on future critical thinking/ literary analysis essays."
"She is a nursing student and she needed some help with the grammar of one of her essays. The essay focused on writing up directions about three different medications for a patient with a given illness. This session we focused on formatting, grammar, flow of ideas, and organization. For this student, English is her second language, so she had some questions regarding the formatting of paragraphs. However, her knowledge on the medications and interactions was excellent and was a strength of the paper. She has a great attitude and wants to earn good marks. Some strategies that I suggested were to read the paper out loud to try and see if certain sentences do not fit. I believe we made significant progress on the paper."
"We covered a reading activity where the student had to create a story using her spelling words. She had a positive attitude where she was focused and on task. She learned about descriptive writing where she was modeled and asked about painting a picture in which she could touch, taste, smell, feel and hear in order to begin the writing process."
"The student is making slow but steady progress with her reading. Her rhythm is smoother; after a quick reminder she is pausing at the periods. She sometimes "flies" over and mis-reads a simple word, which I have been correcting, but in general I feel she is making progress. We are also playing with Native American cards for reading, spelling, and guessing games to give her brain a break, which is essential. Her memory is quite good and she remembers difficult words we worked on from the previous week. She is coming out of her shell more and more and expressing her creativity. We had her read to the therapy dog, which seemed to increase confidence, and she requested to read without corrections. This is also valuable to build confidence, as she still does not feel ready to read aloud in school."