Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met today and reviewed her homework, a brief writing assignment discussing the style and sentence structure of one of her favorite writers, Rainbow Rowell. She did a good job with this assignment, picking out some interesting examples and organizing her thoughts pretty carefully. We discussed the book analysis she is going to prepare for her literacy teacher to review. She has chosen an excellent book to discuss, and she did several exercises to help her generate material for the assignment. She completed a free writing assignment, an "idea-chunking" exercise, and a brief outline. She also spent some time going through the book and choosing passages that seemed to her like good examples of some of her main ideas. She has good ideas and lots to say. She needs to continue working on structure and organization, as well as developing confidence in her own ability to make interesting and insightful choices in her writing. She is definitely progressing in her ability and confidence. Next week, she is going to prepare a 2-3 page rough draft of her book analysis, using the 5-paragraph essay structure as a working model. She will also complete some exercises on sentences and mechanics that I developed on a website."
"Today the student and I read a story called the "Gift of the Magi." In the story, we follow the wife's point of view as she sells her hair to purchase a Christmas gift for her husband. In the end, she has sold the only item of value to her to purchase a gift for his most valuable item, a pocket watch. However, he does the same in return, purchasing combs for her hair that she had wanted. We do not get the husband's point of view at all, though, so the student created a story from his point of view. She does really well with creative writing because it seems to really interest her. She even began on her own by asking if she could outline and brainstorm before writing. When we first began working together, she tended to jump right into writing without planning. She's learned and retained the knowledge that even though it takes time, planning and outlining makes writing easier and quicker. Her organizational skills with writing have improved tremendously, and next time we meet school will have started. I'm hoping that she continues this trend while writing papers for school."
"We got introduced. I was made aware that the student has problems with grammar. We are going to start work on his grammar after I see how well he writes. His mother is purchasing him a copy of School House Rock in order to get him familiar with grammar. We have agreed to meet on Tuesday evenings. He will be writing a story for me on the biggest fish he ever caught."
"The student continues to improve his reading speed and understanding of sight words. Today, we focused on spelling to strengthen his familiarity with words we have already gone over and to clarify vowel sounds, which he tends to have trouble with. We went over the spelling of similar words such as "bag," "beg," "big," "bog," and "bug." This seemed to help him understand the differences between the vowel sounds, which can be tricky. He seems to be gaining a lot more confidence in his reading, and he's optimistic about the reading test he has coming up. The most satisfying outcome of our sessions together has been that he and his mother are both proud that he is learning to read so well!"
"The student and I had a really good session! He was very enthusiastic and interested in studying. We worked on his spelling words for this week and we made and played the memory game with the words. Next we worked on his spelling book (the letter 'j'). Then we played with the letter tiles I brought where we made different words and changed them around by exchanging letters. He really enjoyed this and did a good job! He was able to identify right away which letter tiles needed to be changed to make a new word."
"The student read 2 books and did 3 workbook pages. We talked about what she is learning in school and each book she read."