Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the session editing the student's qualifying paper for APA style. This involved very specific formatting as well as adding in a draft of an abstract, titling, etc. The bibliography had a significant number of inconsistencies and some missing data. That is an area for us to work on in future sessions as APA is very important in academic and professional writing. While this process has taken a lot of time, given that this is her qualifying doctoral exam, I think that it has been time well spent. It will give her a good foundation for future papers--learning by doing, so that she has experience producing a solid paper."
"The student's essay comparing essays by James Baldwin, Richard Rodriguez, and Brent Staples is due on Thursday. The Baldwin in particular is dense, complex material. I looked over a draft of the first half of her paper, and we spent the rest of the session discussing the Baldwin essays, to help her refine her understanding of what he is saying. We've set up two more sessions this week (Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening) to continue preparing for this paper."
"We've gotten the results of the first essay assignment - 95%! The essays are coming along nicely and I can see a marked difference in attitude: much more confidence. Today we focused our time on preparing for the final essay, rather than waiting until the last week to start the process. We also spent significant time reviewing for the grammar quizzes."
"This week we worked on sight words: has, one, two, three. We reread books from last week. I introduced a new book that we read, echo read, and choral read. Then we went back in the story and located sight words we were focusing on. We reviewed beginning sounds and how to correctly write letters. We will focus on writing upper and lower case letters correctly. Today she was able to verbally count to 49. We worked on writing and counting numbers up to 20. She has difficulty identifying the numbers 20, 15, and 13 out of context, but was able to use the "counting up" strategy and tell me the numbers."
"Today I gave the student a few assessments to see where his reading level is, and he's right below/just at the first grade level. We worked on blending sounds and recognizing sight words more quickly. We also worked on his assigned homework, which he handled very well. The student has a very positive attitude when it comes to his work but does get distracted and that will be one of our working points. For next week, we'll continue working on blending sounds and make some flashcards that will help master that skill."
"Today I gave the student an assessment to measure his growth from the start of his sessions. He took two level M reading tests and averaged a 70% average on comprehension which leaves him at instructional level for M. We also did a reading comprehension activity with main idea and details. He did a great job of summarizing the subheadings of the nonfiction story and picking details to support his main idea sentence."