Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our first session together. I discussed how to prepare for a chapter quiz in his Geography class. He wanted to learn new ways to take study notes, so I showed him how to look for potential test questions (vocabulary terms and main ideas of the chapter). I also showed him how to make simple, study guide notes to help him review key concepts in the chapter. He has been having the most difficulty with time management - finishing reading assignments and making study notes. He has a positive attitude about learning new study techniques. He was able to implement them immediately. I showed him how to highlight the main ideas of the chapter using highlighter pens, and how to create test questions/answers as he read. I asked him to finish reading chapter 4 using the techniques I demonstrated. He was going to take a Geography quiz the next day. I want to encourage him to implement the study techniques he was shown on a regular basis, so his assignments can be completed on time and he is prepared for any upcoming quizzes/tests."
"First, the student and I reviewed the homework that I assigned him the week before. I asked the student to answer three open response questions based on the novel, Animal Farm. He told me his answers to the questions. We discussed the answers and I asked him to provide the evidence to support his answers. For one questions, we actually went back and read Old Major's speech to clarify the question. During this pre-reading time, he filled out a character chart. Second, he summarized Chapter 5 and we read Chapter 6 together. I stopped periodically and asked him to explain what is happening. We focused on clarifying and character development. After we finished reading, I asked him three critical thinking questions about what he read. Afterwards, I did a vocabulary in context game with the words from Chapters 1-4. We reviewed his sentences and clarified them when needed. At times he had to rewrite the sentences. Third, I assigned the student three questions based on Chapter 7. He also made a prediction for the next two chapters. I also informed him that he would have a quiz during our next session."
"For the first time since we began reading Romeo and Juliet, we approached the text in a more regimented format that I think is another tool that the student can add to his "reading toolbox." I have tried to model the idea that there are multiple ways to approach a particular text that can depend on anything from personal preference, type of literature or mood on a given day. We have discussed the idea that everyone approaches reading in a different way, and comprehends literature in the same manner so it is important to test as many methods as possible. In reference to Act 3 of Romeo and Juliet, his class has yet to cover this section of the story so we decided to try to get ahead a bit to discuss the major themes, characters, and events of this critical part of the story. While we have been using the "card catalogue" method of tracking the action in each Act, character development, and important themes...I made him pay more attention to routinizing this process so that independent work could become more efficient. Basically, in each scene within Act 3, I had him take a (3) step approach which included: a) Identifying the main characters included in the scene, and pulling their note card. b) Reviewing the main themes and keeping them in mind. c) Active note taking (no reading and summarizing at the end, replacing with "stop and jot" By the end of Act 3, I think that he was starting to get the hang of this approach and slight alteration to the note card method. Most important of all, the short review of relevant themes increased the frequency he was able to find examples of the themes of "Private vs. Public Persona," "Gender Roles," and "Passion vs. Moderation." In the future we can continue to work on properly documenting the example and WHERE it comes from specifically in the text. However, in terms of scaffolding a specific reading skill, I think this showed promise for implementing in the future."