Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I covered the following concepts during the session: Math: multiplication tables and order of operations. Reading: finding main idea and recalling facts and details. Writing: Writing descriptive sentences and punctuation. The student was very engaged during the session and showed slight progress. For Math, I reintroduced the rule of PEMDAS for order of operations. Then, I made practice problems for the student to try to utilize the rule. For Reading, I had the student find the main idea and give me details to support it. In Writing, I had him say the sentence aloud before writing. I left the student to practice writing sentences so he can continue his writing. I saw a little progress in his skills."
"I gave the student options for a narrative writing prompt. He chose to write about a vacation he loved. We did a brainstorming web to help him organize his ideas. Then he wrote an organized paper with an introduction to his vacation, a paragraph about the pool, a paragraph about the beach area, and a conclusion with overall feelings about the trip. He did well, he just needed help with organization. In writing details, his writing fluency was good."
"I got a writing sample from the student, then I edited it, and explained to him how I was scoring his work. I also introduced him and gave examples of main idea and details, and the structure of a college paper. I also told him about references and in-text citations. He will find out if he is to use APA or MLA reference format. We will meet on this coming Saturday."
"I got to know the students, their study habits, and the way they write. We did a few writing and grammar exercises, focusing especially on tense, proper use of commas, and writing in the active voice. The boys seem like hard workers, and it's fun to teach them!"
"I had each of the girls pick a creative writing topic and spend 15 minutes practicing their writing on each prompt. I read their stories afterward. We then talked about the elements that go into creative writing, including figurative language, such as similes, metaphors, hyperboles, and personification. We read four examples from student essays and discussed the figurative language elements found in each. I briefed them on the American Modernism time period, and we read 5 poems from two authors from the time period. We discussed the figurative language elements and ties to the Imagist movement within the Modernism time period. I went over some 10th grade vocab words with them and gave them the rest of the time to work on adding to their creative writing stories."
"I had the student do 3 reading comprehension exercises, where he had to do some inferring. There were also drawing activities that accompanied the exercises. I then had him write a letter with a full paragraph describing an award he got at school. I gave him suggestions for adding detail. He liked the letter at the end."