Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We wrote another paragraph using her challenge words. We used a website to go over vocabulary and reading comprehension. She had to answer questions about the reading and it was a good review for her."
"The student completed his book report on White Fang, typing the "spy dossier" into a Word document. I instructed him to produce two additional sentences for each of his descriptions. He is beginning to demonstrate a better understanding of sentence structure and syntax. I look forward to our next session."
"Today we worked on how to write a constructed response to a prompt. We started by working on a t-chart plan. First, I had her show me how she plans and she just wrote a list for me. We talked about it and practiced turning that list into a t-chart plan. We also discussed how we could include stories in our paragraphs, but that they had to be condensed to one sentence. We also worked on formatting paragraphs into a stoplight paragraph. The topic sentence is green. Then you have reason detail fact sentences which are yellow, and red sentences which are explanations - examples or elaborations of the previous reason detail fact sentence. She did really well with this process. I think it will really help her to be more concise. We did a practice paragraph together where she wrote about an important place to her. Her homework was to write another stoplight paragraph with a t-chart plan. She was to write about creating her very own pizza."
"The student read the book King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, and then summarized the story. While she did well identifying the different parts, she missed some major plot points. While our sessions have focused on writing and expressive language, I do think part of her struggle stems from a lack of comprehension. I would like to focus more on this in the future."
"The student read the chapter book I survived the Chicago fire. He then answered comprehension questions and used context clues to figure out meanings of unknown words. The student worked on his homework assignment: vocabulary definitions and spelling. The second student worked on a class assignment. He used his spelling words in sentences, wrote them twice, and practiced spelling on boogie boards."
"The student read the poem she had finished writing after her session, and I thought it and the explication were both well done. She reported that she has an A in math, a B in marine biology and Spanish, so we didn't look at those classes. I told her if there is anything that comes up in those classes that she has a question on, to be sure and ask. I will check in with her each session, also. We spent 30 minutes each on English 10, online English, and world history."