Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with both students to finalize their papers. Student T needed help putting her paper into her own words, since her friend had helped her a bit. We talked about how to use the simplest words possible to convey a message clearly. Student Y and I just had a few paragraphs to get through so we only met briefly. He was able to make many of his own corrections. Both students have shown great improvement in the last few days!"
"In today's session we covered revision and point of view in writing. We started the session by looking at last session's narrative writing drafts. I had the students use adjectives to make their writing more interesting and introduce the concept of revising one's work. We then moved on to thinking about their narrative from a point of view other than their own. We did a comic activity where they had to fill in speech bubbles. They were then able to compare how they each had a different point of view on the story. I then had them retell their narratives from another point of view. Additionally we worked on oa and ow blends for spelling. Overall, a really great session!"
"The student needed some help with decimals. Particularly turning fractions into decimals. After we completed his math homework, we spent more time reading The BFG. He particularly struggled with the characters' dialogue. I believe reading aloud, more and more, and gaining practice at this skill will make him a more flexible reader."
"In this session, the students were introduced to past forms of some basic verbs in English: be, do and have. They practiced matching correct forms with subject pronouns, and then used questions to practice the new past forms: "When did you get up?" "When/what time did you have breakfast," etc. Using pantomime, I introduced a whole list of verbs/vocabulary, and used this list to practice the present progressive: "What am I doing?" Then the students practiced using these words by asking and answering questions, while I mimed this or that activity. We also reviewed work from earlier lessons. The boys showed a complete mastery of the alphabet song."
"We reviewed the writing process and the steps we took in writing about presidential debates during previous sessions. We also briefly talked about active vs. passive voice with examples. We created an outline for a paragraph about why the debates are interesting using simple active voice sentences underneath the topic sentence. The student then used that outline to write a complete paragraph. For homework, the student should create a topic sentence, paragraph outline, and attempt to write a complete paragraph for the second main idea concerning presidential debates: the debate's rules. The student should also attempt to revise the already written paragraph, focusing specifically on connecting the end of the paragraph back to the topic sentence in a natural, unforced way."
"Today, we spent time on reading practice test questions and comprehension. The student had a positive attitude towards the material. We went over good tips by looking back and rereading the questions thoroughly so that she understand what the test question is asking. I left her with at least two passages with questions to do over the weekend."