Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I reviewed the Student 1's test on complete and simple subjects, then went over predicates with him. I reviewed Student 2's writing sample and math homework."
"We began the session by getting to know each other. I asked the student to describe for me his class, his teacher, his writing process, and where he writes and how. We discussed strategies and the correct mindset when beginning to write. His biggest issue is that he loses a lot of time trying to figure out what to do next. We discussed the web method and outlining method for preparing to write an essay. I showed him the process of preparing an essay and he seem to feel like that would be more beneficial than cold writing."
"This session the student wrote the conclusion for his science experiment, which he completed. We read and discussed 2 pages of his science about surface currents, deep currents, the Coriolis effect, and deflection."
"Today with Student A, we first finished the assignment I gave him. Then we did the classic "letter to the President" writing prompt, and we talked about how he has to think through what he writes and come up with arguments and counter-arguments until he proves his point. Then we did a fun little acrostic poem about Harry Potter. With Student B, we first went over his homework, which he did very well on, and we did another capitalization worksheet. He has definitely improved with his capitalization skills! Then we wrote about what we did for the Fourth of July, and finished the session with acrostic poems as a reward for doing so well, during which we sounded out words that were challenging to spell."
"Today, both students worked on their creative writing skills through the application of soundscapes and guided prompts. They were able to create short narratives based upon their five sense--a form of writing that I have found particularly engaging, fresh, and renewing, especially when reading and writing come to seem like a chore. I also assessed their reading fluency and comprehension, and found that both of them learn in different ways, but are smart in their own respects. I look forward to seeing the kids again. It's always a pleasure working with them."
"Today, I assigned the student with drafting an entire outline for an essay. I asked her to choose the topic for the prompt, so it would be something she would be interested in completing. I linked each section of her outline to the corresponding lesson in which we covered that essay segment. The objective in this and previous sessions is to see how well she can recall and execute proper essay formatting without relying on my help or interference. Once I feel she is ready, we will move on from drafting outlines to writing full-scale essays."