Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I re-read her class play, "Trifles" to ensure she understood it as well as to let her ask any questions. We also selected a topic for her essay on the play and drafted points for the play that she can expound on. We also selected textual evidence to support her point of view on the play."
"We concluded cooperative editing on Anne Bradstreet research paper. Helped the student craft the final body paragraph and conclusion based on her ideas and notes."
"The student has a research paper due on Monday, so we worked on expanding his outline in preparation for him to begin writing the essay tomorrow. He sometimes doubted himself though his insights into the Wordsworth poem were both accurate and thoughtful. Having confidence in his ability to understand the poem and apply that knowledge to analysis and explication will help him both with this paper and with his other work in the British Lit course he is starting online. I thought he was very self-aware in admitting that he needs guidance in substantiating his initial thoughts, and I've found that having someone to talk things through with helps a great deal. He was finding textual evidence and connecting it to critical dialogue, which seemed to get easier for him when I was there to ask questions, clarify what he didn't understand, and get him started on a thought that he could then flesh out and make connections to. He's going to finish reading the critical resources he has already found and get started writing his introduction and first body paragraph tomorrow. As he works over the next several days, he knows he can send me questions and have me available to give feedback on what he has already written. We will meet again on Sunday night to make final edits before he turns in the essay on Monday."
"We worked on spelling, vocabulary, reading fluency and reading comprehension. The student struggles with reading fluency. Next week we will work more on reading fluency, comprehension and writing. We talked about finding the meaning of words to help remember the spelling."
"The student reviewed the vocabulary words we have been working on for the past few weeks. We worked together to complete a crossword puzzle I created that consisted of those same vocab words. We practiced spelling using the rhyming cards and she did three pages in the 3rd grade reading workbook. She tends to get down on herself quickly when she doesn't know how to spell or read a word or which letter she hears in a word. Overall, this was a good session."
"We had a really good session. We were able to start a new book and review the student's previous one; he did very well reading and he's developing better intuition about words. He is excited about reading books that actually excite him (like Star Wars), which could be quite helpful. We talked a little about his experience in school, and we worked on understanding what nouns and verbs are and how to identify them. He picked up on this very quickly."