Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on two reading comprehension activities this session. The first activity focused on a poem. She struggled a bit with the questions, so we discussed making a mental picture as we read. We went back to the poem and read it line-by-line keeping our new visual in mind. After that, she was able to change her answers to the correct ones. We then moved on to a fiction passage. She responds very well to fiction writing because it keeps her interest. She had a much better time with the questions and completed a writing prompt afterwards asking her to continue the story."
"Today we worked on another practice test which was a letter format. He did a good job reading the letter and retaining the information. He worked primarily on multiple choice and short response questions. We will continue to focus on test prep for the next few weeks."
"The student had an excellent session where she applied what she knows and has learned. First we reviewed strategies for writing and testing: say the sentence first, use strong, familiar words, tell fully about what she understands because there is more than one right answer, carefully figure out what they want. She read aloud Chapter 7 in Arthur and the Poetry Contest. After reviewing her vocabulary cards, she added "earthquake, erupted, enthusiasm, meek" from the chapter. She then reviewed Chapter 6 and was asked to tell and write an answer to "Did Arthur make progress on his poem?" She answered the inference correctly, saying, then writing: "No, because Arthur copied somebody's paper. Arthur can't imagine an idea for his poem." She found evidence in the text successfully. It is also remarkable how she used a powerful word she studied yesterday in her writing (imagine / imagination). In describing characters she used the strong words "kind, beautiful, brave." Moving to a complex non-fiction text, she read aloud the rest of "Sea Turtles." She spoke then wrote answers to the problem: Find 2 details under the heading "Suited for the Sea" that support the heading (main idea). In composing her sentences with prompting, she remembered another powerful word she knows: "survive." She wrote: "The sea turtles can survive because they are great divers." She was pleased to get a rainbow of star stickers for this work. She is very skilled and showing steady improvement!"
"We worked on the student's organization, and biology and English assignments/homework. He is working on being consistent in organization and staying on top of assignments this year. I am pleased with his attitude and commitment to his goals thus far. No concerns."
"We worked on the student's reading. He banged out his homework with time to spare. He was also positive in the session. "
"We worked on the student's spelling list for the week. First, I had him divide each word into syllables. We also talked about some tricks for remembering how to spell certain words. Next, we did a little bit of review (you're/your and their/there/they're) since you're and their are on the spelling list this week. I was very pleased with his confidence with the two subjects--both choosing the correct word to use and identifying WHY it should be used. To finish out, he used spelling words in sentences that he came up with and finally, did some work on a word search. Overall, it was a productive and focused session."