Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work on reading comprehension strategies. He and I also continued to work on writing a friendly letter as well as writing an informative paragraph. He is currently reading at a Level M the goal for us to reach is a Level O which means he is on track for third grade."
"Today's session went pretty similar to most other sessions. We worked on reading. On most cases, the student's comprehension has grown pretty strong, which is awesome to see. He still is not stopping on words that he doesn't understand, ands that can affect his understanding at points. He did a much better job at correcting misreads and sounding out words today. I might try to find a couple short stories that will pique his interest, as I think that might help with focus."
"The student and I worked on summarizing material for short answer responses and how to "make" notes for a class. We began by talking about the differences between summarizing and paraphrasing a text. Then we read the Skerry article his mom provided. While we read the introduction, we explored how to find the key points in every paragraph and deduce the implied arguments, biases, contexts, and audiences for the piece. After moving through the introduction, I showed him how to outline the information in a way that effectively summarizes what we read as well as how this study habit serves as the basis for short answer responses."
"Today we started the lesson by proofreading the student's book report. It was much better than last session and there were only a few corrections for her to make. She then showed me the laminated pictures for her mobile and her plan for assembling it. She seems in good shape there. We finished the lesson with her reading and taking notes on chapter 7 of her JFK book. This chapter focused on the famous Kennedy/ Nixon debate of 1960. As a small break, we watched a short clip of the debate online, and discussed the differences between the two candidates as well as present day presidential debates versus the 1960 debate."
"During our first session I asked the student questions to get to know her interests as well as her past struggles with her school work. We discussed the fact that she needs some help with organizing her thoughts as well as with completing long term assignments incrementally. We then discussed some questions that she had about her summer reading. On a worksheet, she was asked to write about all of the symbolism in the Lord of the Flies. There were a few symbols that she had trouble with so we discussed them and formulated answers for her assignment. When applicable, I asked her to find evidence in the text for her claims, which she was able to do. She seems to have a good grasp of symbolism and the text as a whole. I enjoyed meeting her!"
"We spent the entire session working through the meanings of each sentence in Baldwin's "Black English as a Language" essay, then considered the 5 questions that came afterwards. It was good to hear the student speak as he began to understand not only the meaning of some difficult sentences but also realized there are tools for understanding."