Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The first student and I read from the novel "Loser" discussing vocabulary and plot events. He took a practice reading comprehension test and we discussed eliminating incorrect answers. We also discussed genres of books, specifically mysteries and suspense novels. The second student and I read from a nonfiction book about rocks and minerals. She was very interested in the subject matter and had an excellent session. We deciphered the challenging vocabulary and identified key characteristics from each type of rock. I encouraged her to pick out a new non-fiction book for Saturday's session. The third student and I worked with the letters of the alphabet. He practiced drawing letters and making the letter shapes with his body. We also drew pictures corresponding to the sounds of each letter. For example, we drew a picture of a dog underneath the letter 'D'."
"Read the first chapter of "Shambles" together, writing down new vocabulary and hard-to-pronounce words. Then helped the student write a summary of the chapter, which she did very well on."
"We reviewed her Time for Kids assignment and did a little daily language review at the end. Good work!"
"We started by working on the mind mapping of ideas activity, and the student seemed to show improvement in creating her ideas for beginning her essays. The extra practice I left for her really made a difference in how she developed her ideas this time around. She also had two one-page replies required for submission for her class that I had her proofread after writing them the day before. She caught some of her own mistakes, which is a good sign of improvement. Hopefully, she will be able to catch these mistakes while she is writing. Overall, it was a productive lesson."
"We started by working on the student's retell for class. We focused on having a structure: beginning, middle, and end, which encompassed three major events from what she read. We also discussed how describing books is all done in the present tense. After that, we reviewed the rules for adding -ing to words. Then, we worked on the consonant blends: "spr-" "spl-" and "str-" and practiced spelling new words that had these."
"We started diving into the world of creative writing. We looked at 6 word stories and discussed how a lot can be said with a little. We also looked at movie summary spoofs as an example of oversimplification. I had her do an exercise on describing her 3 favorite movies in one sentence. Then, we boiled down some core themes from the movies, and she wrote a few more one-sentence stories on those themes. From there, we picked one, and she began developing a character. Her homework is to further develop him and write 1 short story about his life."