Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on making a creative piece based on a social issue. He chose the issue of fast food corporations advertising to children."
"Today we revised a paper the student had written already at the teacher's request. Originally, he had handed in a one paragraph essay that I had him break into 2 paragraphs and strengthened his argument."
"For the first half of our session, I helped the student come up with a study plan and organize her thoughts for a history test she has on Monday. For this, I think just talking about the general idea she needed to focus on (what made Chinese society and government stable and continuous for so many years) gave her a good ground to work from over the weekend. The teacher seems to be expecting the students to "dig deeper" and go beyond memorizing facts. As long as she remains focused during the exam and while studying, she should be able to manage."
"I assessed the student's sight word and phonic knowledge. She is struggling with the preprimer list of sight words and doesn't yet know all her letter sounds. In future sessions, these two items will be focused on."
"I assisted the student with editing his high school paper. General strategies for concision and writing in the active voice were explained."
"I began today's session with a "Soundcheck" to review the pronunciation of words the student has been having difficulty with (e.g., "he's" v. "his," "want" v. "won't," and "education"). After that, we reviewed the pronunciation and meaning of 5 terms that include -ough. I then had the student read two articles aloud, one on the changes in the world of cable television and another about a scuffle between two football players. Overall, his pronunciation and agility with contractions has vastly improved. Today, for instance, he did not mispronounce any words that end with -ed. He also only mispronounced two of nearly forty contractions. I concluded the session with a mini-lesson on when to use "someone," "everyone," and "anyone.""