Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was primarily dedicated to a discussion of the terms of the student's final paper in English on The Great Gatsby. A reflection on the essay prompt that she selected, on the reality/illusion relation to the "American Dream" as described and experienced by the novel's narrator and its protagonist, led to a consideration of a number of literary-theoretical issues, including the often ambiguous connection between author, narrator, and narrated characters. The student was asked to summarize, retelling what she thought to be significant textual moments contributing to the ambiguity of reality/illusion as individually perceived. This allowed an opportunity to articulate her own position on the "Dream's" realization from the perspective of the characters' relations, and to develop an argument linking the textual evidence. The session was concluded with passage reading exercises, some of which dealt with identifying stylistic narrative devices."
"The student and I continued studying figurative language. He answered questions about euphemisms, personification, oxymorons, paradox, and hyperbole. He presented the essay he had written about the NY Times article on climate change. Later, he read an article to me about the history of why we vote in November on Tuesday, and answered questions about the subject presented. He ended by reading a poem by Edgar Allen Poe and discussing it. He compared word meanings of words with different shades of meaning. Then, he read an article to me about the history and process of voting which included the Constitutional Amendments. He answered and discussed a list of questions which accompanied the article. After that, he read an Indian folk tale to me and we read about and discussed the theme of the tale."
"We played a review game to practice irregular past simple verbs. The students are learning quickly, but they still need to practice some verbs. At the end of class, I introduced the second conditional tense. I will elaborate on this and the difference between the second and first conditional tomorrow. I will also introduce the past participle tomorrow, which we will work on for the next couple of sessions. Starting next week, Student 1 wants to apply the grammar principles he has learned in conversation. I will bring discussion prompts so we can practice speaking in various scenarios."
"We read two poems: "A Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes, and "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. We discussed the tone, similes, metaphors, meter, and structure of each piece. This will be our introduction to writing responses about literature, which is required to pass his exam. The student always has a good attitude and response to our assignments. We also worked on vocabulary building, by making a list of commonly used words, and finding synonyms in a thesaurus. I am emailing him an assignment for use during our next tutoring session. He has completed an expository essay. His writing is becoming stronger as he practices. I am considering implementing a journal."
"We read a challenging short story. We covered tracking and decoding. He remained focused during reading. His attitude was positive towards material and goal. We talked about tracking and context skills, and worked on vocabulary and phonics. For homework, he needs to read 10-15 minutes per day. Consistency is key."
"During today's session we reviewed all our sight words and added 3 more. The student has been doing very nicely reading all the sight words. We then went on to review the consonant blends we have been working on. I introduced the tr sound. She read the words, wrote them and drew pictures with labels. We are still working on reading words with long vowels and silent e. She then read a Level E book. We discussed the story and she showed good comprehension skills. In math we continued with addition. We are scheduled to meet again next Saturday."