Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I prepared for his English test tomorrow. We re-read the short story, and did an exercise on characterization. He was able to differentiate direct and indirect characterization and apply it practically to the story. He was able to characterize all of the characters in the story from their physical descriptions and their actions. I found that he is really great at visualizing topics he is passionate about. He did really well on the characterization exercise. We also completed two worksheets on identifying and correcting compound sentences. He understood the topics. We will continue with these techniques in the future and with more writing exercises."
"The student and I met at the library. We reviewed for his Bible class. This class involves a lot of writing and comprehension to understand the details of the stories."
"We started the session as we often do by reviewing worksheets the student receives for homework. He had a story on a current NASA space mission and we worked on the pronunciation and vocabulary of the words on the worksheets. The words were spacecraft, launch, mission, dwarf planet and a few others. He had to understand what the words meant and be able to place them under a proper heading when we did a "who, what, when, where, and why" worksheet. Then we worked on worksheets I brought that practiced short and long "a" sounds. Words like "can" and "gate." We did individual work on each sound and I explained how most long sounding words generally end with the letter "e." He has some difficulty discerning these sounds and we worked on them for awhile. At the end of the session I did give him an extra worksheet on short "a" sounds to practice. We also did some work on grammar, specifically nouns. This is a skill he has worked on before from his classwork. We had a worksheet with a number of words and he began placing those words under the correct heading. He still has trouble with some pronunciation and when he does we stop and slowly sound out letters and letter blends until he can put the word together as closely as possible. This is one of his biggest challenges and we continue to work on it. Along with vocabulary definitions. He continues to be a good student, doing what is asked of him."
"I read a book with Student A, and she was able to read it with little help from me. We then worked on her spelling - most specifically with homonyms, which is something I could work on with her. I also read with Student B, having him sound out the interjections in a story to practice putting together words. I then worked with him on his sight words for this week."
"I reviewed the materials that her teacher has given her. There is a reading list, and I told the student's grandmother that I'll bring books to help with completing the list. Also, we reviewed the Dolch words that we studied last week. She perked up when her grandmother showed up. When I see her next, I'll give her another test, and we'll see how she does then. For Math, we covered another worksheet with subtraction word problems. I'm not sure where her teacher is with subtraction, but I noticed that she did her tally marks with these operations."
"I reviewed the notes with the student for his upcoming test. I will bring materials to make our next session more engaging. I instructed him to make flashcards for the four words he struggled with and to make sure he studied those before tomorrow. "