Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight we went over a story she is working on for class. I went over the paper and looked for her common spelling, grammar, and convention mistakes and for stylistic changes to make. We talked about the repeated mistakes, and I am having her proofread the rest of the story to find any other ones. She will turn in her paper this coming Friday, so I should be able to go over it with the teacher's marks in about 2 weeks. She struggles the most with minor spelling, grammar, and convention mistakes since she isn't in the habit of proofreading her own work. She also struggles with making and using an outline, which makes her writing go off on tangents at times. She is a gifted story teller, however, and I plan to use her interest in reading to show how important it is to proof read and to think about how each moment in her story relates to the story as a whole (or distracts from it). I am still having her do a daily writing exercise where she writes about her day then takes an event that really happened and makes up a different conclusion to it. I also am having her practice her words that she misspelled this week."
"We continued reviewing a practice test. We focused on pre-writing and how it can help with the forming of the rest of the paper. We discussed again about what goes into an introduction so we did some shared writing with the introduction."
"Today, we reviewed the student's homework and discussed the main idea and details of a given text. He then completed two pages of one workbook and day one assignment in his workbook. His homework this week is to read an article about Washington DC and to identify five details in the article."
"The student and I worked on counting numbers up to 20 and adding small numbers. After that, we worked on letters and beginning letter sounds. I've been using skittles to keep her focused, and they seem to really work. She loves earning skittles!"
"The student and I reviewed common sight words in preparation for reading two stories. She practiced pronouncing "-an" and "at" and "en" and "et." She should review these stories at least two times daily."
"The student did not have any homework to do so we worked on a foundations packet I brought. She read words with bonus letters, marked the bonus letter with a star and wrote the trick words (you, your, they and I) 3 times each. She was asked to write a sentence using trick words. She had some difficulty making her own sentence and needed prompting. I then dictated words and had her echo them and write them."