Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had the student read a chapter of the chapter book. Her reading fluency is improving. We worked on phonics flashcards, sight words, writing, and editing."
"We reviewed the student's homework and read the first two chapters of an appropriate grade-level text. We will continue to work with her on phonetically "sounding" out words when she reads."
"We specifically covered reading comprehension, spelling, main idea, fluency, as well as fact versus opinion. He continues to do well."
"Today, we covered some brainstorming and outlining, and we planned the student's next Women Studies paper. She is super interested in her topic, and she was really receptive to the outlining strategies I suggested. I also found out that she received an A on the last paper that we worked on together, which is great!"
"Today we worked on a report the student wrote about a science news article. Mostly we focused on adding more specificity to her sentences, restructuring sentences so that they were grammatically correct, and breaking up sentences that were too long. Then, we reviewed vocab words from previous sessions, practicing using tough words in sentences. Finally, we did some practice with analogies, which she said were her toughest section on the SSAT. Good work!"
"The student's assignment from the previous week was to define 5-10 slang terms that he hears in his everyday life on a regular basis. Using the student's work became the crux of our discussion on how to create characters and language for his upcoming science fiction short story. The student has voiced an interest in hip hop artists who use storytelling to speak about community and social issues. We also spent time going through the music videos of Janelle Monae, Outkast, Cee-lo Green and other associated acts who use their lyrical dexterity to recall negative issues of the past and to imagine futures where those issues might no longer exist. For the following week, the student will be responsible for creating a list of specific character details (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How, What does the character want, what happens if the character accomplishes his/her/their goal, what happens if they don't...etc.) for the protagonist of his science-fiction story."