Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student showed a marked improvement in his essay-writing skills for today, and we didn't need to spend a whole lot of time discussing the homework he prepared for me. Instead we dealt with how to prepare for what kinds of questions they might ask, how to improvise answers, and prioritizing essay structure over essay content. We then reviewed some of our tactics for reading comprehension, and moved into doing vocabulary work."
"We began working on lesson 16 in her word wise book. We also completed a section dealing with idioms and slang. We talked about what each were and some common examples. For homework the student will write about one place she went over winter break, giving as much detail about that place as she can to describe the place."
"I have seen the student's progress reports and she's a straight A student. We are currently working on essay writing, specifically persuasive and speculative essays, with emphasis on structure. We've covered several prompts, discussed attention-getters, bridges, thesis sentences, building the body of an essay, and exploring different vocabulary choices. She will complete a practice essay for our next session."
"Discussed his goals. Talked about dialect reduction, public speaking and a little bit of grammar for our sessions. Did a sound assessment. Introduced the idea of English speech rhythms. Will meet twice per week beginning next week."
"The student and I split up our time. The first half we read a short story and then answered some questions about the key components of that story. The second half we defined new vocabulary words that he did not know. We had a very good conversation and I continue to be impressed with how much he picks up on."
"Today was a pretty successful session--we did some spelling and phrase-based work, and the student also continued work on her story ideas, getting in some good details and paragraphs with correct grammar and clarity of meaning & direction. We got a great deal done, and I'm looking forward to seeing how she fills out the rising action and climax of the story she's working on. She is getting accustomed to the terminology, and knows that she needs to work on staying focused and including details!"