Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with the student on prepping for his college entry essay. We discussed possible topics and I reviewed a brief rough draft of his first draft."
"During our meeting, we outlined his reasons for choosing an undecided major, the justifications for that choice based on prior experience and current community college classes, and a one-year plan for course selection/academic improvement. Synthesized that information into a formal prose essay, to be submitted to the transfer admission office."
"The student and I spent our session discussing essay possibilities for his common application essay. I'm encouraging him to craft an essay that will not just reflect his high achievements, but also his genuine openness and personal curiosity about new things and people. As we spoke, he told me more and more about his personal approach to the world -- in particular, his constant logical assessment of opportunity cost, and his very idiosyncratic belief that it is "safer" to take risks in undertaking new and challenging tasks than to continue down a known path, because the chances are high that he will grow faster if he keeps trying new things. We also spent some time discussing draft structure -- drawing the reader in, giving background, pointing to the future, and then closing with a return to the initial anecdote. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with in two weeks!"
"I covered the following concepts in math during the session: adding, subtracting, and multiplication fluency practice, and multi-digit multiplication. In reading, we reviewed recognizing cause and effect and comprehension. For writing, we talked about understanding grammar. The student is still struggling with multiplication and writing mechanics, like writing complex sentences with correct spelling and grammar. He showed progress in his adding and subtracting skills. I included factorization and repeated addition to strengthen his multiplication. For reading, I asked questions about the passage after reading. For writing, I had the student correct grammar mistakes. I asked him to find something he enjoys to read and read for 10 minutes/day. He is showing some progress but still is at a basic level."
"I had the student read his high frequency cards. I left them for him to color the letters. He completed a worksheet on initial r-blends that goes with a level G story he is reading. He is secure with these blends. I had him read "A Trip to the Farm" for fluency practice. He went up with his words correct per minute (32 to 44). I then had him make a prediction about "Troll Bridge" (Level G) and start reading the book. His reading is accurate. He was able to decode all decodable words except one. I will have him finish reading next session. He continues to use a number of strategies for word attack and understands what he is reading."
"I have been in contact with the student's speech therapist and I am integrating her social skill lessons into my lessons so he becomes more comfortable communicating. For example, when we are reading, I make him ask for help in a full sentence before I help him sound out the word. He works well when he has an incentive to do so. We play hide and seek if he pays attention while reading and does a good job. I also give him directions per the speech therapist's suggestions so that he becomes more used to following direction and accepting / asking for help. Since I have been doing this he has become more focused and can articulate his feelings towards our lessons better. He still has moments of frustration but he is able to gather himself more quickly and refocus on his goals. A personal win from this session was when I asked him to read extra pages and he did."