Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued our writing work. The first portion was, as always, devoted to vocabulary review and homework assignment. We then spent some time reviewing the two stories we have written thus far. After that I had him perform two exercises designed to improve his use of descriptive details and vary his sentence structure, respectively. Finally we brainstormed an answer to another interview question prompt, which I asked him to type up and edit for our next meeting."
"The student and I worked further on his essay, on the paradigm in the book "Milkweed". We had previously discussed the nature of the paradigm, and his introduction. He completed the rough draft on his own, and we went through both his teacher's corrections, and my own corrections, and did a lot of editing to his writing, including varying the sentence structures, making sure the quotes he chose, either actually said what he intended, or that he explained the context accordingly. We also discussed, and applied, introduction and conclusion structure."
"The student read and paraphrased an article on the summer solstice. She learned how to find the main idea, state it in her own words, discover the supporting examples and rephrase in her own language and using a unique structure. She will rewrite the paraphrase as homework and find another article which we will paraphrase next week. This work is in preparation for writing an argument/persuasion paper."
"I got to review some writing samples the student did and we discussed some errors in the papers. I also reviewed his homework paper. He scored 80% on it. I gave him the SAT vocabulary list to look at and he identified words he already knew. Then I asked him to replace all the words in his writing that I circled (such as "a lot", "things" etc.) and replace them with a more mature word. I showed him another score 4 essay written by a 7th grade student. We read the essay and discussed why it was a 4 and what corrections we could make. He chose three prompts he was interested in writing and we started pre-writing on one of them. He had some trouble with keeping the nouns in one sentence either all singular or all plural. His homework is to memorize 5 SAT vocabulary words and write them correctly in a sentence."
"The student and I worked on some questions from "I Am Malala," while working on her writing skills of staying on topic and working on details. We worked on how to answer compare/contrast questions using Venn Diagrams, and then using the info within the Venn Diagram to help with the essay."
"We reviewed the student's final draft on his essay and discussed proofreading techniques. We went over the student's textbook homework and helped student correct errors."
"Today we went over the homework assignment I gave the student on Monday, which he had completed and done perfectly. Then we worked on noun clauses and direct and indirect objects. I think the student had a good grasp of noun clauses, and he made some notes to help himself remember. I think he was still not fully clear on indirect objects, so I gave him some homework on that subject. I also gave him ten vocabulary words for next time. He glanced at the list and said he already knew most of them! Also, during the session he asked when to use "who" vs. "whom", so I asked him to find the answer for part of his homework."
"The student has been reading a book for the past couple of weeks. During this session we read about 3 chapters from the book together. Once finished, I talked to him about what we read in order to gauge his comprehension and retention."
"The student and I worked on writing about theme, conflict, climax, and resolution of a book she is currently reading for fun. I was having her try to write concise sentences that don't spend too much time describing the plot of the story when writing about the theme especially. We then worked on reading comprehension for nonfiction texts. We did some active reading in a National Geographic magazine where I had her make connections to her own life, things she has learned or read about, etc. That helped her to remember the text better."
"This lesson involved analysis and comprehension. The student spent most of the time reading, analyzing poems and talking about how to analyze a poem. He is getting better at recognizing symbols and knowing how to use them. He is improving and is sharp, but we will aim to improve his focus."
"Today we continued our study of the drafting process in writing. I worked through with the student on taking all the thoughts he had organized yesterday in our brainstorming phase. He took each sentence after I modeled the process. He got all of sentences down into one draft which was the main focus for this session. I noticed that some of his sentences were not complete, but we will work through that more when we talk about revising our writing on Friday. We also worked on vocabulary which he is going through quickly and doing well remembering his roots. One thing I would love for him to work on is finding those roots in everyday situations so that he can always be cognizant of them and keep the roots on the forefront of his mind."
"The student did very well today. We worked on an assignment he will have in class so that he is better prepared. He understands the concepts well. Overall he did great and is understanding everything I ask of him entirely. I gave him some short-essay questions to begin and finish for next time so we can correct them together."