Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We practiced the short-response questions for tomorrow's testing session. The student is really starting to get a handle on how to use her real-world knowledge to understand the stories she reads. Her confidence after day 1 of testing was amazing! She couldn't wait to tell me all about how one of our previous sessions, in which we reviewed the vocabulary word pilgrim, saved the day on today's state exam. I'm very proud of her work so far!"
"This log is pertaining to the session with both students. Student 1 listened to an audio book about airplanes, and he completed two worksheets for the letter C. He played a counting game with flashcards, and he reviewed a set of images to identify the names of the images. Action steps include bringing more flash cards. Student 2 completed worksheets dealing with words problems, filling in the missing word, and identifying words with the same sounds. She played a game where she had to match the word flash cards to their proper images. She enjoyed making inferences about the vocabulary words. Action steps include bringing more vocabulary games as well as a math game."
"In our session today we worked on reading skills. I provided a nonfiction article, "Coral Reefs," using before and after reading questions to help with comprehension and fluency. Before reading the article I asked her to use her background knowledge to make a connection to the text. After reading the text we focused on the main idea and details."
"Per the student's request, we reviewed a writing assignment for her music class. I helped her do research and critiqued her writing. She is improving in her writing."
"For an hour and a half we went over the student's assignment for tomorrow, which was to interact with and study the background to a series of political cartoons from the sixties about voting rights, women's rights, nuclear confrontation. We discussed them in depth and drew from Wikipedia articles as needed for background. The last half hour we talked about test taking strategies. I recommended a systematic approach based on cognitive functions of recall, sifting, listening to the question, and sketching a brief outline on the side. Earlier sessions were jam-packed with detail from chapter notes, and I had been waiting for a chance to spend time with organizing thoughts and answering questions."
"The student started by reading her sight words. She had a level 24 book. While we were reading, I had her predict what would happen in the book and relate the book to experiences she has had in her own life to the book."