Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued preparing the student for the state assessment test, working on practice set 1 in the student's prep book, including reading a long passage and responding with an essay. Key concepts highlighted during the session included being conscious of time constraints while being tested and how to brainstorm to find ideas to write about."
"This session, the student and I reviewed his science essay. We discussed beginning with a more focused introduction, keeping the interesting anecdote in the beginning, but focusing it more on the central topic of the seasons. Then we went over the remaining paragraphs, clarifying some subject-verb agreement and discussing some minor style points. Finally, we began outlining another historical essay which will focus on the reasons rise of faith in Israel. His detailed knowledge of genealogy, great prophets and events from this region will be of great use in this essay. For next time, the student should complete the detailed outline focusing on a thesis point supported by evidence and potentially a counterexample."
"The student began writing a paragraph based on a previous reading, "A Different View." He used his pre-writing strategies to generate a topic sentence; then worked on structuring his support and supporting details. The student then took a first look at another reading. He accessed his prior knowledge of the topic and then made predictions about what he would read in the text. At this point, I don't have any concerns about the student's ability to use the strategies; he's done a good job of applying them so far. On the other hand, as I don't know exactly what is happening in his classroom, I am going to make it more and more explicit that, no matter how basic these strategies may be, he'll get a lot out of applying them to his classwork, homework, and so on."
"We started by learning about inferences in writing and using background knowledge and clues in the text to understand inferences. Hopefully, that will help her in her analysis of texts for writing her essays. Then, we read a Tennyson poem and interpreted it. We then started writing an essay for it to practice our skills. She was starting to get it, and we'll keep practicing."
"We started off with a Monday morning wake-up game of prefixes and suffixes, and then moved to a very difficult passage about female presidents around the world. We will finish the passage Wednesday, and do the questions."
"We started this session focusing on reading comprehension and summarization. The student's mind was not completely focused. He has had other family events that have been impacting his attention span. When I noticed he wasn't grasping the material we moved to a free write activity. He began to do a little better but still could not stay on task. I just worked with him for the rest of the session on different strategies he could use in the classroom."