Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed two sentences for me regarding her day. As usual, this gave us an opportunity to work on spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. She remembered to capitalize the first letter in her first sentence tonight. She also was much better at spelling assembly than prior. She only missed two letters this time; this is not a word we've worked on outside writing her sentences. She really wanted to read tonight. So we used reading as the exercises. She chose a level 3 book to begin with and did quite well. I then allowed her to pick from the level 2 books and approached reading a bit differently. This time, I told her I would not give her any feedback until the end of each page. She has been very good about asking when she's unfamiliar with a word if she pronounced it correctly. I wanted to see how she would do on her own, without feedback. Then we would review the words she did well on that were challenging as well as indicate the areas of challenge and remedy them. This was an upper level 2 book so there was ~6-8 sentences on each page with new words and odd names. She did very well sounding her words out as well as catching her mistakes. The mistakes she tended to make included making words plural when they were singular (adding and "s"ù) or guessing/misreading articles. These have been common mistakes through her reading that we've typically corrected as she reads. I think by pointing them out individually after she's completed the page may help draw her attention to them while she's reading. We did 2 pages in this fashion then continued as usually with immediate approval or guidance after she has made a couple attempts. We will gradual increase the number of pages she reads on her own to build her confidence. She does very well at this task but is a little unsure of herself. I think the more she accomplishes it and feels the reward of doing it herself, the more she'll find pleasure in reading on her own."
"We went over phonics and reading comprehension. We also worked on pronunciation and identification of words."
"We reviewed some grammar, specifically collective nouns (textbook explained poorly). We went over his work from last week, reviewing and strengthening his weak points. We worked through some memory and comprehension exercises, as well as connecting with the text."
"During the tutoring session, the student and I discussed certain criteria necessary to be accepted into a university. He is very excited and passionate about entering this phase of his life and really enjoyed getting advice and suggestions related to his proposed major. He is enthusiastic and related well with me during this first session."
"During this final session with the student, we worked on his vocabulary assignments and English homework. The vocabulary assignments included synonyms and using words in context, and the homework was working with apostrophes, hyphens, and dashes."
"During this lesson, we were able to bring and complete a college resume. The student plans on doing early admission, so afterward we began working an application to one of the colleges she plans on applying to. During the next session, we will continue to work on applications and begin work on essays."