Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We took a piece of technical writing he'd done and began to 'for fun' dissect how we could improve the language and word usage, as well as talked about a couple of practices to improve vocabulary."
"We worked on an informative essay outline. We worked on finding articles to use as sources, citing those sources, and creating note cards out of those sources in addition to talking about how to format the outline."
"During this session, the student and I spent our time reviewing and reworking an essay he submitted for class. It was not a very good essay and this took the entire session. I have him reworking the essay so we can review it on our next session."
"We covered sounding out and spelling words containing various vowel combinations: oy, oi, ou, ow, aw, au, and oo. I assessed his handwriting skills. I called his attention to the lines on the page so he would be better able to make his printing look more uniform and easier to read. We did practice using lined paper reviewing the letters which need attention. We wrote words relating to outer space. The student wrote a paragraph using three of the given words. We played a game called "Guess What" where we both wrote sentences using adjectives to describe an object in the room. After reading each other's description, we took turns guessing what the secret object was. I left the student with some "homework." He was to fill in the word balloons I gave him to make his own comic. Using the given picture, I asked him to write a conversation between the boy and the cat on the page. The student had a fantastic attitude and I really enjoyed working with him. He was very receptive to all of my suggestions."
"We covered starting an essay. The student continued to practice pre-writing activities for several opinion type prompts. She began writing introductory paragraphs for practice prompts. We reviewed word choices to add vivid verbs and exciting adjectives and adverbs. I asked her to choose an essay to finish for Tuesday's session."
"We covered strategies for reducing nervousness while giving a speech. The student is also interested in writing a book about her experiences as a caregiver. I gave her an outline for developing a project of that type. She will begin putting it together and we plan to work on it during her next session."