Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student told me about the reading she had done over the holidays. We reviewed the phonic blends we worked on at our last session. We worked on the next set of phonic blends. We drilled her on the list of 7th grade vocabulary to see how many she already knows. She read an Aesop's fable noting the moral of the story. I gave her 5 new vocabulary words to work on. I asked her to define them and use them in some sentences."
"We met at New Carrollton Public Library to go over his English/ Language Arts. We reviewed his Bible class homework. The challenge he has was finding his answers from the text. He would at times give an answer that was not incorrect, but could have had more thought. We reviewed each question for comprehension."
"I was pleased to find the student had kept up with the homework I assigned her and has been diligent with her reading. Since she has an upcoming vocabulary quiz for English language arts, we spent the majority of our session reviewing flashcards and discussing the root words she will be quizzed on. She then read several pages of her new book out loud, and we stopped to discuss difficult words -- especially "-eig" and "-aig" words."
"This session was dedicated to working with the student through a series of short answer questions asked by an application for a summer extracurricular engineering science program. Our discussion focused on the questions with which the student had the greatest difficulty articulating his position and past experiences. Ways of contextualizing his interest in the program were discussed as means of personalizing and distinguishing his application to probable reviewers. The student generated draft responses to questions, which were then jointly reviewed for possible improvements in content, style, grammar, and format. General discussion on the application process also emphasized tailoring one's responses carefully to the unique characteristics of the institution of interest, and to the requirements and desired skills and experiences indicated on typical calls for resumes."
"This session was much more successful. We were able to pinpoint specifics that the student can work on in her writing, and I could see progress in her writing process. Three goals for her to work on are: 1-Write down ideas as they come, then edit. 2-Vary the length and structure of sentences. 3-Make sure all ideas point back to and support the thesis/topic--especially the last sentence/paragraph. 4-Find a way to capture the reader's attention and help them connect in some way to your topic."
"This session was purely about working on the student's portfolio. Aside from one picture, one slide's word formatting (the travelling slides' location captions need to be larger), and the resizing for some of the soccer team images, it is totally complete. We switched the layout formatting so it would be consistent and look nice, made almost all the pictures larger and easier to see, added the numerous corrections the teacher recommended, and read through the entire thing to make sure there weren't any further mistakes."