Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked primarily on "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allen Poe. We talked about the repeating words in the poem, as well as the rhyme patterns. The student also has a poem he had to write for class, so we talked about using his chosen vocabulary words as jumping off points where he could make lists and phrases and start to find the topic of his poem. He did great, hard work tonight."
"This time was a bit different than usual because the student needed to study for an AP European History exam, though I did try to incorporate some reading techniques into the process. For studying, he would read a section and take notes on the most important topics, thus practicing filtering through all of the extraneous information usually present in a lot of texts to reach the most important pieces to take away from the text."
"Today the student and I went through the first half of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in preparation for his quiz this week. He seemed to grasp the plot well and has read the book before. I intend to finish going through the book with him tomorrow."
"The student had a lot of homework today, and some of it was pretty difficult. She's learning about centimeters and meters at school, and she had some addition and subtraction problems to solve that also involved converting meters into centimeters. The student and I used coins to help visualize the amount of centimeters in a meter, and subtracted coins to better understand the amounts that she was working with. Her reading and writing homework was much easier for her (she's very familiar with the pattern that these assignments follow), and she was able to finish them entirely on her own very quickly. We wrapped up with a few easy math games because I want her to think of math as a potentially fun activity rather than a difficult and frustrating one."
"Today we went over the student's spelling words at the beginning of the session and also at the end. He had a time limitation for each word and there was a great improvement the second time around. I timed him as he read a level B book (on the F and P scale). At the end of the session, he read the same book again and there was significant improvement in proficiency, confidence, and time as well. His attitude was very pleasant throughout, as it seemed he liked the challenge of being timed/having a time limitation."
"Today, we read 2 books together and sounded out words as we read, focusing on sight words. We did 52 sight words and went through them twice. The student was good with the sight word practice. I noticed two problem areas (words ending in "st" and words starting with "c") so I informed her mom and told her to have her practice during the week until our next meeting. She is doing well overall."