Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on a homework assignment which he revised, and then an independent essay. He is showing great improvement, often catching small errors before I do."
"Today the student worked on his thesis paper on the reading assignment "To Build a Fire." He finished a first draft that is due tomorrow, and will continue to fine-tune the paper in later drafts."
"Today we focused on analogies. We did practice analogies of varying difficulty and went over how the words related and why some answers were right, some wrong, and others very close but not quite correct. I found that when the student was familiar with the words, she had no problem establishing connections and relationships between them. Next we did an activity where we took turns picking a word card and then describing it: saying the synonyms, antonyms, part of speech, and definition. The other person then had to guess the word. This proved to be excellent practice for the student. I suggested that she try using the words to make her own analogies. Next we read a short passage on how to frame arguments using logos (logic), pathos (emotion), and ethos (appeal to trustworthiness). She did very well, and I would like her to try writing a persuasive letter to someone (real or fictional) using what she learned from the article. Next week I plan to look deeper at analogies and work more with persuasive writing. I also plan to look more at types of speech, particularly words that take on different meanings with different parts of speech."
"Today, I challenged the student with a reading passage that was a little bit above her level. She struggled with some of the words while reading, but she was able to look back in the passage and answer the comprehension questions. We also worked on multiplication facts. She struggles with her 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 multiplication facts. Our next session will focus primarily on them."
"Today, I checked the student's HW and found that when she uses a/an, she drops the verb "to be," and when she uses "to be," she drops a/an. I gave her a dictation exercise of 12 questions so she could work on sentences like, "A dog is an animal," and "A car is a machine." She had no problem with plural. We continued in the book with contractions of am/is/are (I'm, you're, he's, etc.) and negatives. We finished with names of jobs. She is continuing to work on her handwriting and pronunciation. She is going to also get an Arabic/English dictionary. Her HW is to complete the corresponding WB exercises and have a look at the next section on adjectives."
"Today, I covered phonics, phonemic awareness, beginning and ending sounds, vowels, handwriting concepts, sight word recognition, sentence structure, and oral reading. The student struggled mostly with handwriting and recognizing some sight words, but he was very eager to learn, asked a lot of questions, and told many interesting and funny stories. He also did very well with beginning and ending sounds. I included strategies such as repetition, identifying patterns, and context clues. I left him with sight words and sentences to read and review, as well as handwriting practice."