Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on the writing and revision process. First I showed her a poem by Langston Hughes, and the several revisions that it went through. Next we talked about her upcoming school project on Anne Frank, and conducted a "writing workshop" where we each wrote a paragraph describing her radio show and promoting it. After brainstorming and writing our drafts, we swapped papers, edited and revised them, then wrote a second draft to edit and revise. Next lesson I plan to follow the same format, but focusing on creative writing."
"The student has an upcoming admissions essay that is due soon. Due to its specialized status as a high level intermediate school for the School District system, the essay was of high concern for her and her family. After I received a scanned copy of her essay from her mother, I reviewed it, scanned it and sent it back to them with my feedback. I feel that she could make minor revisions on her sentence structure and level of fluidity. Otherwise, the content and the majority of her grammar was good. For our next session, I intend to begin discussing writing essays with her again since essays will be part of her exams that she will be taking for assessments and possible admissions into alternative schools."
"The student and I worked on an assignment for her social studies class where she was having some trouble inferring information from the online textbook for the class. We worked through her assigned chapters together, and talked about active reading & note taking strategies to help remember important information from nonfiction text. We then practiced more active reading & note taking with an article from a magazine and another from a 6th grade nonfiction reading workbook."
"The first thing was that the student had to read 20 minutes, so she read aloud to me for a little over 20 minutes so she could finish the chapter. She did a great job, reading with expression and good pronunciation; I only helped her with a few words. Then we played the Between the Lines game, so she could make inferences about statements and emotions. It was probably a little too easy for her. Then we went to one of the links that her teacher had sent to practice for the MAPS test, and she read a passage and answered questions online about it."
"The focus of our session today was figurative language. We reviewed a couple of poems to identify the different figurative terms and phrases. He was very attentive and receptive of the lesson. He mentioned a writing assignment that needs to be completed for his English class. We will go over that during our session on Sunday."
"The focus of today's session was science - vocabulary words and concepts. She was not struggling with the material. Her attitude was appropriate and eager to complete the assignment. We used the strategy of saying the definition out loud to improve retention. There was no extra practice today and no concerns from today. She had some good ideas for how to complete the assignment."