Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered identifying adjectives, including what an adjective is and where they are likely to occur in sentences. The student improved in her ability to identify adjectives from where she started. We also read the book she is supposed to be reading for class together, and we worked on some of the reading comprehension questions she was assigned."
"The student asked me to help her with geometry questions since she had a quiz the following day. We worked on the rules of a perpendicular bisector and triangles. We did various problems in her textbook and reviewed the notes provided by her teacher."
"Today we did a creative writing exercise, where I asked the student to choose something from his weekend to write about. I wanted him to practice creative writing and focus on making his writing more descriptive in general. We discussed how describing the narrator's (in this case - his) emotions and physicality, as well as the environment and the narrator's reactions to the environment are useful tools in making writing more descriptive and for expanding upon concepts and ideas and therefore creating more complex sentences. He then wrote two paragraphs and then I asked him for homework to write another paragraph for next week - using the ideas I had given him about describing physicality, emotions and the environment in his work."
"We were able to dive right into a project that we'd discussed during our last session. This project consists of putting together a college-essay-like story that he will use to apply for scholarships. From our last lesson, I had some good notes and, after a little discussion, was able to use them as a guide. My biggest goal for this meeting was to get the student writing as much as possible. So for the next hour or so, he wrote, letting his story unfold naturally. He paused every few minutes to let me review what he'd done, to ask questions about spelling and sentence structure, etc. We were able to get a decent number of words down on paper, and he plans to email the draft for me to peruse before our next session. I plan to spend it editing and proofreading what we have so far and building on the narrative."
"Tonight the student and I worked on vocabulary and word roots. I gave him the Barker Challenge: use at least one of the 6 vocabulary words in conversation or writing daily for the next week. I gave him the list, and his mom posted it on the refrigerator. He was willing to accept the challenge, and I gave him 6th grade level words. We also reviewed his social studies information for an upcoming test. Finally, I had him read out loud using a book I provided (Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone). He read with confidence, but did stumble over some of the names. My plan is to have him read a little each week and check for his comprehension."
"We split our time between completing a worksheet on the Great Rift Valley in Africa and reading Nancy Drew. The worksheet required the student to do some close reading and pick up answers from context. She also has an Africa test tomorrow we briefly reviewed for."