Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on pg. 6 of a grammar sentence writing worksheet. We discussed and defined prepositions, and the student did the exercises on pgs. 67-70. We then briefly discussed modifiers, and then he did a modifier diagnostic text. Today's focus was on sentence structure, prepositions, and modifiers for clear and concise sentences."
"The student and I went over one of her previous LA essays. We worked on tense consistency, appositive comma use, general comma use. The student has a good grasp of writing, and we will work on grammar and practice writing prompts for our next class."
"For this session, we worked on the creation of introductions and conclusions for persuasive essays. In particular, we focuses on maintaining a professional style with writing. I have noticed that the student likes to directly address the reader, or use a more conversational tone with his writing, and while that type of writing has its place, it's not really "proper" English. I have also noticed the student struggles with making and defending arguments, particularly in comparison to his skills with drafting essays that are purely informative or narrative in nature. Overall, in our time together, we have made great improvements in his writing style and essay composition."
"We started reading a new book given by the student's teacher. We read three chapters and discussed, and made predictions after each chapter. He struggled with some words such as, midst and coaxed. He mostly understood their definitions but struggled pronouncing the words."
"We started the sessions with an E-leveled book. I had the student make predictions about the book and made some attachments to real life experiences. I asked lower and upper level comprehension questions as we read. He was better able to answer the simpler questions and needed hints to answer the harder ones. I also had him complete some comprehension sheets, as well as some phonics sheets based upon some of the sight words from the book. He then worked on completing his math homework, which asked him to order 3 digit numbers from greatest to least and least to greatest. He did well with this, and I have seen some improvement with his number recognition. His attention span was much better today, and he needed a lot less prompting to remain on task."
"We started this session rereading the Two Frogs story. The student did so much better! I could tell that he had read it a lot this week. He made no mistakes and finished in one minute thirty seconds. We then read The Parrot with Attitude. He read that in two minutes eight seconds and made five errors. They were all skipped words, which he tends to do if he is rushing. We will continue to work on this. The rest of the session we spent reading about the Mississippi River and filling out the fact-finder section. We stopped and summarized after every paragraph and underlined key information. He read the text very well, with hardly any errors, pauses, or needing to sound words out."