Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on identifying and differentiating between transitive verbs, action verbs, and linking verbs both in definition and within examples."
"I first reviewed samples of the student's writing to understand exactly what kind of assistance is needed. We identified the need to review and practice rules for sentence structure including identifying and correcting run on sentences; identifying and correcting sentence fragments. Reviewing sentence structure also includes use of punctuation and descriptive phrases such as relative clauses. After the preliminary review, I observed the student's "real time" writing (emails) and provided feedback during actual production. The main learning objective with the student is for him to be able to confidently and consistently produce correct writing with the ability to identify and correct his own mistakes. In order to reach that goal, I will provide error correction and writing practice exercises specifically designed to improve grammar and mechanics (mentioned above) to be completed between sessions. During sessions, I envision reviewing specific concerns related to exercises with the bulk of time spent giving instant feedback and guidance to "real time" writing tasks. Finally, at the end of each session, we will discuss progress made, areas of opportunity and resolve any doubts or questions he may have."
"Reviewed for the student's chapter 6 test. Helped him identify prepositions as well as the object reflecting the preposition. Did very well on his test!"
"The student's current independent reading book is Lightning Thief; he is on page 35. Today for reading skills, he read from his website curriculum practicing multi-syllable reading and chunking using the list of 3 exception rules, breaking words into syllables orally and then marking them on his paper. As an assessment, I let him work by himself in groups of 30 words and then we went over them together and discussed the errors he had (73% correct). He was able to remember the rules and improve his work on the next two papers he read, analyzed and marked syllables on to about 85% accuracy. We'll revisit with a cold read (new words he hasn't seen before) at a session in January to see what he's retained."
"The student is taking an English college class and must write an essay on adapting the novel of Rebecca to the stage. English is not her first language, and she wanted help breaking down the assignment and knowing how to follow the format. We went through it step by step and created an outline. We discussed elements like music, wardrobe, and scenery. She said she felt better prepared for her exam (essay) by the end of our session."
"The student and I worked on reading comprehension and vocabulary skills during today's session. Usually at the beginning of the session, I have a writing exercise ready for her to complete. For this exercise, I had her write a paragraph about an interesting topic that is being covered in school. She did very well with this activity, with only one misspelling. We then read a passage about a national park. For the next session, I would like to work on writing."