Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on vocabulary found in the student's reading text. She then worked on a paragraph written as a synopsis of reading material. Next, she worked on writing sentences and editing her paragraph. I gave her a few assignments to bring back for next session."
"Today we worked on a five paragraph essay about schools serving white milk versus chocolate milk. Then we worked on math problems."
"This was my first tutoring session with the student, so part of our session involved introducing ourselves to each other and covering what we were hoping to get out of this session and future sessions. During the actual session, I reviewed his spelling homework. He is a motivated student who is invested in his own learning; I have no doubt that he will do a good job on his learning. He seemed to appreciate tips/suggestions/nudges in the right direction when it came to learning the finer points of spelling and grammar. He mostly worked on homework he was doing in his workbook. I think he got through about three or four pages of work, but he assured me that this particular work wasn't due until next week, anyway (he had done the rest of his homework prior to my arrival), so it wasn't a problem that he didn't finish all of it. He finished the spelling/vocab homework that he had left, and I offered him a few tips on a short writing assignment he needed to complete. Specifically, I suggested that he avoid repeating words like "very" too many times in an assignment. He is very receptive, and I look forward to tutoring him in the future."
"With Student A, he first wrote a paragraph he was supposed to do for homework. We corrected his spelling and punctuation and went over how to improve it. Then he wrote a new paragraph using the five senses. We ended with reading a fable and talking about what it meant. With Student B, we started by talking more about his prompt, and beginning the writing process for two of the four final main ideas. He really needed help with analyzing, and thinks more literally about the material, so it took a lot of leading. We then took a break and did some fun word exercises, which he's going to finish for homework."
"With the first students, I covered paragraph corrections and writing a paragraph. I wanted to see how they did independently, so I gave each of them a prompt and had them write. I can see how they struggle with topic sentences, details, and grammar, but their spelling and punctuation is better now. We will start working on this writing together so they can see how it evolves from session to session. With the third student, I feel like he mastered subtraction with regrouping as a strategy, so we worked on checking his work so he would feel in control of getting it right or wrong. He did great!"
"Worked on writing timed essays in preparation for timed writing in middle and high school. Practiced outlining essays and quickly deciding how to structure an argument. Continued to build proficiency in proofreading."