Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student read from her book today. While reading she noted and discussed vocabulary words, searched for main ideas and supporting details, and practiced writing sentences. She enjoyed learning about Florence Nightingale and comparing her with Mary Mitchell from the previous assignment. The student went over vocabulary, then noted main ideas and details in a graphic organizer. Next, I plan on having the student make a Venn diagram."
"The student and I spent this session reviewing his project on Duke Ellington together. He already had research done so I helped him type up all the information for the written part by checking for spelling errors and helping him to format the titles and bullet points correctly, but he is doing really well with forming sentences, spelling, and vocabulary. We spent the last fifteen minutes or so filming some scenes for the "visual presentation" part of his project, in which the student pretended to play the piano and a kazoo saxophone to a Duke Ellington song in order to help his classmates appreciate Duke Ellington's music."
"The student and I worked on a reading comprehension packet that his teacher assigned him, I added a new dimension to it by asking him to jot down his side of the debate. Then asked him to jot down the main points of both sides of the debate. After the reading packet was finished, we did a drawing conclusion exercise and summed it up with a creative writing assignment."
"Today the student and I went over a reading comprehension exercise with various questions. We also went over two writing prompts in which we separated paragraphs into introduction, body, and conclusion. We also played hangman for spelling and vocabulary purposes."
"We began the lesson by looking at a paper that the student had composed in January. I reviewed it and showed him some places in which he should have included commas. Then we did a lesson on commas. I reviewed several rules about comma placement, and then he completed some exercises involving comma placement. We finished the lesson by working on two Fact Recall passages. He appears to understand some of his difficulties regarding commas, and he is showing progress in this area."
"The student did great today. We worked on two assignments for English: 1) We edited his "Great Lion" paragraph. I really liked his writing and all we had to do was clean and polish it up to make it easier to follow. I think with practice and time, his writing will become more focused. 2) The student wrote a paragraph about the "Paperman." I felt he did a good job telling a story. I would like to see him get a little more creative, but I think that will come with time. He's got a great imagination. I think as he gets positive feedback from his teachers, he might feel more comfortable to get creative. We spent the last 10 minutes going over Vocab for his test tomorrow. Good Luck!"