Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Concepts: organizing through outlines, identifying resources, editing for clarity, creating a PowerPoint"
"Introductions, then completed a Level 5 reading and comprehension assignment and a short paragraph writing sample."
"I worked with both students on making sure that details in their papers are relevant to the main idea/ thesis already presented."
"Yesterday and tonight the student and I worked on reading through a new Spiderman book I brought. I had him highlight punctuation to help him determine which tone to apply to each sentence. I also had him start his own Spiderman storybook, in which he colors a picture of Spiderman then writes a few sentences of a story about the picture. Each day we will add two new photos and at least three more lines, sometimes with me dictating what kind of punctuation the sentence must have. I also ask him to read everything he's written up to each point before adding a sentence. After he writes, I use a highlighter to show him how his writing is developing - if he needs to make stronger lines, the spacing, etc. After day two he had already made major strides and increased his awareness of his letter spacing significantly!"
"Student and I read his book and he wrote small summaries for the readings. We also reviewed possessive, contractions, and capitalization."
"The student and I went over the rough outline she made for her personal narrative essay and determined what topics could be expanded upon and which were less relevant. Then we wrote a rough draft of the essay, concentrating on cohesion and developing ideas without becoming repetitive."
"Proofread the paragraphs the student had already finished, then guided her in writing the paragraphs with which she was having a little difficulty. Only two paragraphs were left to complete."
"We worked on freewriting and going into more depth for writing about personal experiences. The student was diligent and came up with a topic to write about for the next tutoring session."
"Reviewed her essays on "A Farewell to Arms" and "Big Fish." The student shows progress in mastering detail and mechanics of writing."
"Today we focused on writing. Each week I will let the student choose a topic from my list. Then, he will write 5-7 complete sentences on that topic. For next week, he will have a paragraph written about his favorite place. I wrote the question in the notebook he takes with him. He has excellent handwriting and leaves excellent spacing between his letters and words. I had 3 worksheets for him today that had 3 different types of writing. I asked him to choose 1 and he picked the research topic - The Solar System. He wrote about Neptune. We chose 3 books and read about Neptune and did some pre-writing. The end result was a well written 9 sentence paragraph. Writing Topics Discussed: Introduction/Conclusion sentences (Why are they so important?) Adding details and descriptions to our writing Checking spelling in the text (he already does this sometimes)"
"The student and I practiced writing complete sentences using appositive and FANBOYS commas, which were both knew to him. We also reviewed double adjective commas, list commas, and introductory commas, as well as basic grammar and mechanics."
"We worked on his summer assigned packet on division and multiplication problems. We then discussed writing characterization in his assigned reading."