Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We read chapter 5 of Animal Farm and discussed the symbolism of the events in preparation for an in class-discussion the next day."
"I looked at past writing assignments with her and we discussed how she misses details and character development with her writing and how to fix it."
"We had class on Friday for two hours. We did basically two things: grammar and essay writing. The first hour was dedicated to grammar. The student's mother wanted me to work hard with the student on grammar. I worked with her on nouns. We worked on the difference between common vs. proper nouns. We also looked at collective and compound nouns. We also talked, to a lesser degree, about adjectives and adverbs. The second hour was dedicated to writing a very short persuasive essay. I emphasized the importance of the thesis statement and the sub-thesis statements. I gave the student 15 minutes to write an essay based on Maya Angelou's writing on the importance of traveling. The last minutes of the class were dedicated to proofreading the essay."
"The student is doing well in most third grade vocabulary and is quite quick to make connections with new phrases with her current knowledge. Verbal skills currently outweigh grammar and syntax comprehension."
"The student is getting the hang of helping verbs and "wh-" questions and negatives. We continued in chapter 3 with these (adding "what time/when" to "where" and "what") and have been doing the writing exercises as speaking exercises. She can then go back and write the exercises for homework as a review. She is still making some errors with 3rd person singular -s, and choosing "be" as a helping verb instead of "do." We are doing all of the speaking exercises, and interviewing each other, and then reporting back to reinforce the verbs used for different people. She seems to have mastered the pattern of question word+helping verb+subject+main verb. She has just completed the writing task about her day with "first, next, then, after that." We will finish chapter 3 next lesson."
"The student is having struggles with his reading. His teacher has concerns with comprehension. The student is reading and then telling about what he has read. He has trouble with blending sounds. We worked on pronunciation as we read and as we work on reading comprehension sheets. He kept working hard, even when it felt tedious."