Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student wrote an essay about his favorite holiday - his birthday. I had him create an idea map like we always do. He could initially only come up with two ideas for body paragraphs and he was unable to write an introduction that was long enough. This was actually wonderful because it gave me the opportunity to teach him a new way of writing when you find yourself stuck. I had him skip the introduction and write his two body paragraphs instead. I explained that he would likely come up with another idea while writing and then he could go back and add to his introduction. Sure enough, this is what happened. He ended up with three well thought out body paragraphs and some extra ideas to add to his introduction. Given a slow start, this session turned out quite well. Hopefully today provided an example of how he doesn't need to have all of his ideas right away to be successful."
"Discussed writing prompt assigned last time regarding cell phone usage in class. Discussed words of the week from class and certain parts of speech of different words. Assigned student to write full 4 paragraph essay based on cellphone topic."
"I spoke with the student's mother and met with him as part of a meet/greet and initial assessment session. According to my brief assessment, the primary concerns with him are his decoding and writing skills. He struggles somewhat with decoding, possibly because of eye-tracking or other issues, which leaves him little mental energy left for comprehension. He is able to comprehend when listening. We agreed to meet on Wednesdays to work on decoding books in his challenge zone and to work on written communication."
"We worked on a science assignment pertaining to hypotheses. We also practiced multiplication tables."
"I checked the student's homework I gave her, which was to read a story and answer the questions. She did a nice job on it. I then had her read two stories and answer the questions at the end of the story. She highlighted the important facts from each paragraph of each story. She then answered the questions of each story. Some of the answers she knew and the others she needed to go back to the story to find; some of the answers were easy for her to find and she highlighted them after she read the stories. I then had her circle the words that she had problems sounding out, and I wrote the words on paper. I told her a way to sound them out is by separating the words and then stretching the sounds out. Also, I told her if there is an e at the end of the word, the key is the e is telling the vowel to be long in most cases. I noticed during the reading of another story, she was separating the words which helped her sound them out. We then worked on the homework as she read the story and highlighted it. She then answered some of the questions, and I told her to complete the rest of the questions for homework."
"Today we spent the majority of the time editing the student's work for school. He has a research paper due tomorrow so he edited that slowly and carefully. As we worked together, he began to notice many of his own mistakes. Additionally, we began edits on his narrative for school and talked further about the differences in summary and analysis."