Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued our work on spelling today, starting with an exercise meant to help her remember how to spell words she has seen before. We also focused on using the dictionary when she's in doubt about a word and on proofreading. She is quite good at finding words in the dictionary when she has an idea what the first two or three letters might be. I'm encouraging her to read as much as possible and maintain her journal five days a week. So far, she's doing well at the latter exercise, and her mom has given her a new book to read. The plan is to have her read and write whenever we meet so she can apply what she has learned and expand on her abilities in the other mechanics of writing, such as punctuation."
"The student and I spent this session covering the material for his presentation on Abraham Lincoln. We covered all the major parts of the presentation, including topics such as his posture, the topics he was going to talk about and the facts he was going to discuss. He seems well prepared and most of the information we covered, he had already prepared. It was simply a matter of organizing his material."
"The student and I went over writing fluency, sentence structure, and writing speed. The student is very smart and very hard working. He is starting to understand how to use transitional words and his writing fluency has improved greatly."
"We spent most of the session reviewing our previous topics. We used concepts that we covered in earlier sessions to go back and edit some of the student's prior work. Editing seems to be important for her class. She is making wonderful progress! She's doing a lot better with flow and sentence format. The one thing she still seems to have the most trouble with is punctuation. Specifically, she struggles with proper use of commas and dashes. She is a very eager learner. She seems to realize that she is making progress, which is definitely helping to improve her attitude and confidence with the material. We spend most of our time reviewing editing strategies. She will use her next assignments as extra practice. I am very impressed with how well she is doing."
"We spent the first five minutes discussing algebra homework, and I gave a few practice problems to the student for his quiz tomorrow so that would could refine his understanding of inequalities and fractions as there were a few misconceptions when solving especially with fractions but he picked up them really quickly and understood overall the ideas of inequalities. The rest of the time we spent discussing his essay due on Thursday. We had a bit of trouble finding exactly how to put his ideas into words and figuring out exactly what the conflicts of the story was in order to relate it to the prompt but he seemed to understand the story more as we discussed it and was able to develop some ideas. We will continue to discuss this more during our session on Wednesday."
"We spent the majority of today going over the student's assignment for the week - her journaling. She wrote a few thoughts at the end of her day for the past week, and it is already helping her improve how she thinks in English. The student is working very hard to get to the level where she will eventually be thinking in English constantly rather than in Spanish. We went over her entries together and tackled one at a time to discuss issues with her writing. It was a really great exercise, and we will continue to do that. I brought some grammar worksheets - the majority of which she will do for homework until next session - but she did one on prepositions today and was able to complete it quite easily. The student has trouble with prepositions, but she only had problems with a couple of the examples on the sheet. She is doing great, and I look forward to keeping up the good work with her in our next sessions!"