Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I helped the student with his current events article. I helped him answer comprehension questions, and left him to write a summary paragraph on his own. We went over the spelling of words, and I made sure he knew how to pronounce them. We concluded by reading one more chapter. He continues to improve in accuracy and speed."
"During this session we read and discussed 2 Fly Guy books and a 4 chapters of a Bones mystery series chapter book. While he read, I would periodically have the student stop and retell the story in order to check his comprehension. We also made predictions throughout the stories and practice a little inference making about character feelings. I had the student write 2 short responses, one to each of the Fly Guy books. We will continue to work on retelling the story, making sure all important points are mentioned and that the retell is told from beginning to end, not out of order. We will also work on identifying problems and solutions in stories. We plan to pick up with the Bones book next session. After we have worked out some of the comprehension issue, we will begin focusing on getting the student sounding more fluent."
"Read Barb's Sharp Car and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. Noticed that since 11/1 and the collage project, she has been asking me to read part of the books for her (ex. every other page). Will start picking simpler books until she improves on her own again."
"Today, we worked on writing the paper that we have been researching and outlining. We each worked on drafting a paper and spent the whole session working on those. Next week, we will finish them up and begin editing each other's and talking about the editing process, citations, and MLA formatting."
"Today the student and I went over some old geometry tests to help him with his geometry final exam tomorrow. The student can get a bit overwhelmed thinking about his upcoming finals. I suggested thinking of the current task (or the current subject he's studying for) rather than trying to think of everything at once. He's also prone to small errors when doing geometry. I suggested writing out his work, checking it, and rereading exactly what the question is looking for before giving an answer. I also recommended writing down equations he has to have memorized at the top of his test before starting the test, so the equations are readily available for him when he needs it. If he stays calm and focused he should be fine on his final tomorrow."
"Tonight, the student and I created thesis statements and broad outlines for all of her potential essay prompts for her exam later this week. We ended the session by going through approximately 1/3 of her remaining IDs for the exam."