Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For the third week in a row, the student had successfully written down all of his homework assignments in his daily agenda for each class. We spent the entire session completing a final draft of text structures for ELA. He chose sports as the topic, and he completed stories about sports using five different text structures. He even had the resourcefulness to go online and print out an extra handout with transition phrases to guide him! It was a LOT of work, but he continued to remain upbeat and driven."
"This session, the student and I reviewed his essay on the primary reason for the rise of Egypt. We discussed aspects of writing argumentative essays, the importance of a general introduction which does not give away key details, introducing the counterexample with "although" and ways to be more specific with certain supporting details. We also discussed correct citation. We rewrote two paragraphs from the essay with these edits in mind during our session and discussed how these changes improved the essay. For next time, the student will write an analytical essay about a scientific topic he finds fascinating, explaining the scientific process."
"The student worked on the reading from last session and used the same strategies. He focused a bit more on using context to help figure out the meaning of unknown words. We also looked at a few strategies that should help him bridge the gap between his reading comprehension and his test performance. Finally, he worked on revising a paragraph he'd begun in a previous session. He added details and rearranged a pair of sentences in order to produce a well-developed, cogent paragraph."
"We started today's session with synonyms. She read a list of 24 words and identified the synonyms. We took turns making sentences with the new and vivid vocabulary. She counted coins and then added 2/ 3 digit numbers to create the sum of our coins. Following this, she continued on her spelling list. She struggles with a variety of high frequency words which we review each session. We ended with a short reading selection which we will review next week and complete comprehension and vocabulary questions."
"We started Unit 2 in the Clear Speech pronunciation book, which focused on vowels. We reviewed a website about American English that has links to recordings of vowel sounds in English. We also watched a video by a pronunciation expert on how to place the tongue to pronounce certain sounds properly. We will continue with Unit 2 in the Clear Speech book."
"We started with the letter G. We learned the sounds using picture sorts, tracing, and a letter seek and find. The student has been doing an awesome job of identifying sounds at the beginning, middle, and end of words. She still sometimes gets confused between the end and middle. We also watched an interactive video about the letter G. She recognized some sight words like 'girl' and 'go'. Then, we talked about our last science lesson, magnets. I asked her about some things she found at home that were magnetic. We talked about wind and how wind is important to us. Some questions we discussed were: When is there wind? How does it help us? How/when can it be bad or harmful? We created our own wind using our lungs, and then made a pinwheel! Next time I will try to have materials to create parachutes and talk more about wind. Keep being focused and awesome!"