Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I coached the student through starting to answer some comprehension check questions on chapter 2 of "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry". I again used the chapter summary that his father had printed out last time. I started by having the student read the chapter 2 summary again. I had underlined each sentence or phrase which was relevant to answering the comprehension questions. We read the summary together, taking turns every other sentence. We will continue this on Thursday."
"During my session with the student today we completed a worksheet about converting fractions, decimals, and percentages. I was very impressed with his mental math abilities and his willingness to work out answers on paper when he couldn't figure them out mentally. We also worked on mathletics that his teacher assigns, specifically naming angles, simple algebraic equations, and mental division."
"The student and I studied at the local bookstore. We selected a book for him at his appropriate grade level, discussed how to determine if a book is the appropriate grade level. We worked on some comprehension strategies and read two chapters- guided and then independent. His homework is to read chapters three and four."
"We reviewed three chapters of a book the student is reading for school, focusing on understanding the cultural context and characters. We discussed how summarizing, in detail, to a friend or family member after every time we read is a great way to make sure we understand what is happening and remember it longer. Then, we went over vocabulary words from a list his teacher had given him. Here, our focus was on pronunciation and definitions."
"The student and I read more of Origami Yoda. We reviewed the vocabulary that I assigned for homework for this session. Then, he practiced some cursive writing. He then drew his own Origami Yoda with a speech bubble. Finally, he and I practiced capitalization. This was a very productive session. I left him with another small bit of homework for our next session."
"We discussed the student's progress and how he is doing. He wrote two sentences about what he did that day. He will write two sentences each day about what he does ("journaling"). We read some of "Greek Myths" and some poetry. We learned, defined, and discussed new and quite complicated words, including Hiroshima, calm, Glasgow, and rhymes. He is improving tremendously! We also discussed the importance of focusing and methods to achieve/regain focus."