Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed some of her grammar worksheets, discussed a semester project for her English class, and did a bit of background discussion on a history semester project."
"During this session, we worked on transitioning between sentences, handwriting, proofreading, and organization. We started by revising and editing a paragraph that the student wrote for his English class. Our editing focused on transitions between sentences, creating flow, and connecting thoughts. Next, we turned to handwriting. The student traced and copied a poem by Robert Frost. He used a pen with a grip, which seemed to make writing more comfortable. Perhaps we can find him some pencil grips as well to ease his writing. While writing, we focused both on spacing between words and forming certain letters. Next, to give the student's hand a break, I had him describe to me, through the voice of a Washington Post Sports reporter, the final play of the Super Bowl. I wrote down everything he said, omitting punctuation and capitalization. He proofread the work, correcting the punctuation, capitalization, and verb tenses. Verb tense is an area that we will need to work on. Lastly, we ended with organizational strategies that will help the student to complete and submit all of his assignments. At the end of the session, the student commented that he thinks he is making good progress!"
"The student and I reviewed the writing prompts for her continued study of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in her English class at school."
"The student had another great session yesterday. We started by practicing putting together compound words and writing them out. She had practiced this in school before and she seemed to enjoy making fun new words out of other words she knew. We then read "The List" from the Frog and Toad Treasury. I was pleasantly surprised by her ability to read rather fluently! We discussed the plot as we went along, and her comprehension was strong. Afterwards she created her very own list of "things to do today." We had fun coming up with silly things, and writing it out helped solidify the list-form and the sequence of events. Her homework is to read another Frog & Toad story and to discuss what happened for comprehension."
"The student had asked that we review the past perfect, using "have/had". We did many written and oral drills on this, as well as continued to communicate using the past tense. I've asked the student to watch TED talks of her choice as homework and to tell me in our sessions what the talk was about, something she seems to be enjoying tremendously."
"The student had completed his essay from our last session and we able to maintain a clear focus. Unfortunately, the essay lacked an adequate amount of evidence, but that was expected due to the difficult stance he had chosen. We then read an article about Benjamin Franklin and we worked together to plan and write an essay about why Benjamin Franklin became known as a great compromiser."