Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since the student's test was this past weekend, we are now working on general reading comprehension and vocabulary. We're reading her assigned book, and doing questions (written and verbal) on comprehension and analysis. She is logging vocab words she doesn't know so we can go over them together."
"We covered chapter 7 and 8 in "Bridge to Terabithia." I had assigned the student to read the chapters and write a detailed summary on each of the chapters in the last session and she did an amazing job. I assigned her to read chapter 9 and to write a detailed summary on it for our next session on January 5th."
"I led the student through a review of some of the outstanding grammar and vocab homework: marking sentences for subjects, verbs, prep phrases, predicate nominatives and adjectives, and direct objects; listing linking verbs; listing the meanings of prefixes and roots; and defining various literary terms. I found plenty of reference material in the student's English binder that was relevant to the homework. I used this to give the student lots of leading questions to the answers when he had trouble, especially with the linking verbs and roots. However, I discovered most of this materials was badly disorganized despite a clear intention for organizing by categories with dividers. I plan to coach the student through organizing his binder tomorrow in preparation for school on Monday."
"Today we covered identifying main idea. We also covered new vocabulary and reviewed the skill previously learned, cause and effect. The student had a great attitude. Some strategies we used included labeling the text with main idea and details and using graphic organizers to help us determine an appropriate main idea for the text. The student is successfully applying previously learned skills."
"The student was great today. He performed very well on the word pairing exercises we've been doing. Additionally, his reading comprehension was strong. He was able to answer questions that required answers from various parts of sentences that were read to him. He was also able to piece together larger words, such as "snowman," without any prompting from me."
"We went over her homework on compound sentences, which she continued to understand. Then we read in her textbook about how to write a friendly letter. Except for a quick game of Super Speed, we spent the rest of the time on vocab, reviewing old units and the current unit. First we looked up pictures to match some Unit 5 words, which is a good learning strategy for her. Then she took some online practice tests on units 1 and 2, and got 7/10 and 10/10. I reminded her to look carefully at the questions. She always gets better with practice."