Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we prepared for the student to read the Odyssey through an anticipation guide and writing prompts. The anticipation guide was a survey to get the student in the mindset to read the epic play with his class. Next, the student wrote a few short paragraphs that were Odyssey themed. I gave him set amounts of time to brainstorm, write, and then proofread, to help him organize his thoughts and manage his time in class. In these writing exercises, the student had very creative ideas. Tonight, we focused mainly on topic sentences and we will continue this next session. With a strong topic sentence to organize the paragraph, it should be easier to stay focused on the prompt."
"We spent the entire session working on the student's rough draft for his English research paper. I read and edited his draft, and we discussed the draft and edits. He then spent the rest of the session making edits to the draft."
"In this session, study skills and organization, writing, and math were addressed. The session started with a review of the student's task sheet, used to manage tasks completed in or in preparation for tutorial sessions. We also reviewed his weekly assignment sheets, used to manage his school assignments. In writing, the student and I discussed the steps of the writing process and the application of these steps to his current writing assignment. He completed a pre-writing task related to an essay he will write for his language arts class. He will also complete the first draft of his essay and follow the steps of the writing process to complete this essay. The status of this task, as well as a second school writing assignment, will be checked in our next tutorial session on Thursday. In math, the student and I worked on finding the equation of a line, an area in which he required additional help. He was provided with a "step checklist" to follow to assist him with finding the equation of a line. This process was initially modeled for him, then he did it with my guidance, and then he was able to practice independently. He grasped the process and can now find the equation of a line."
"The student and I reviewed the areas in English in which she is struggling. Organizing and planning seem to be her weakest areas. We worked on these, and I made several suggestions as to how she can improve and thus raise her grade."
"The student and I reviewed the difference between the argumentative essay and the informational essay."
"The student and I reviewed the difference between the short /a/ and short /e/ sounds by completing a spelling dictation and playing a review game. I noticed she loves to include background knowledge in our sessions and loves to give personal examples from her life that illustrate the spelling patterns or vowels we are learning that day. For example, when I asked her to think of a word that has the short /e/ sound, she gave the word "dress" and then told me about her favorite dress. I am very impressed by her ability to quickly connect her own life to the skills we are learning. Additionally, we played a rhyming game to enhance her phonological development with more challenging words, like those ending in "ight" and "ack," which seemed to be more difficult for her, but I know she is up for the challenge. To end the session, we read a book together, and she was engaged throughout. She is a joy to tutor."