Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on constructing a compare and contrast essay. We looked at and reviewed the different parts (introduction, body, and conclusion) and practiced writing thesis statements."
"I began by introducing the reading schedule that the students will follow for the summer. Then I gave them a pre-writing exercise in which they had to describe their best friend (including physical descriptions, a description of their interests, and an explanation for why he/she makes a good friend), since one of the main themes in "Holes" is friendship. Then I showed them a graphic organizer I made which demonstrates how to pre-write a narrative. I let them choose from three different writing prompts. I used one of the prompts (about a fight they might have had with a good friend) to illustrate how to fill in the organizer, and then they followed this example with the prompt of their choosing. This exercise stressed the importance of planning your thoughts, proper structure, and the importance of detailed description."
"I met with the student for our first session today. He was ready to meet with me, and we discussed his Language Arts class, which we will focus on later. I had him write a 30 minute timed essay from an assessment prep question so that I could see how he works and his writing. I told him that I would like an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, and that I wanted to see him plan for 5-10 minutes of that time. He did a great job on timing. He was able to write the complete essay, choosing a stance as directed, and even had time to start reviewing his work before time was up. Next we discussed some of his interests so that I can create topics that he will have an interest in: history, anthropology, medicine, basketball, football, etc. We also talked more about his upcoming class assignment and how we might go about preparing for that. Next I had him write about 100 words, describing his house, using all 5 senses. He did very well, making it into a story of walking into the house for the first time. Once he finished, I read it and then asked him to go over it with me and discuss how he might edit it (not grammar but sentence structure and big ideas). His assignment for Thursday is to write 2 pages on why he wants to study medicine and what type of medicine. He is supposed to review it at least once and be prepared to edit it with me. My assignment is to create writing topics, research writing style as a refresher, and start preparing grammar lessons for each session. I also left 2 books with him- "The Hunger Games" and "The Night Trilogy." I told him that I would like him to be reading to improve his vocabulary and also get used to different styles of writing. I told him that there is no time limit on those at this time, but I would like him to choose one and start reading it. He has read "Dan Brown" and war books in the past for fun."
"Today, we worked on SSAT verbal and reading comp; we also did some in-depth analogy practice with a 40-question online diagnostic test to identify areas where the student can improve. Mostly, it'll be a matter of continuing to practice vocab and correctly identifying the relationships between words in the analogy questions."
"We edited a story the student wrote titled James and the Book. He tried using different words instead of the same ones over and over again so his writing has more variety for the reader. We also practiced saying sentences out loud to hear how different punctuation marks sound if added to a particular sentence. I will email a copy of his story tonight or tomorrow."
"The student and I looked at her abstract, acknowledgments, and introductory paragraph today. She plans to make more edits and work on the body points of her paper before we meet in person next week. She is doing great and the paper is progressing nicely. She just needs occasional guidance, advice, and punctuation/ grammar editing help."