Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We talked about aspects of the novel the student had read. I asked him to write a paragraph analyzing who God punished in the flashback episode. I then asked him to write a paragraph comparing the arcs (thus far) of two characters, with the stipulation that one character had to be from a flashback and the other from the present. He is making progress in his grasp of the "claim-evidence-commentary" structure for analyzing literary works."
"We went over nouns and pronouns and proper uses of their different forms. More importantly, we discussed the student's career goals and the improvements he's seeing by implementing what he's learning. He will continue to do writing assignments I give him, and I'll provide written feedback."
"The student had written the longer essay I had assigned for Tuesday, so we went over it. His organization was excellent. We wrote about the Miami Heat, and he had a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. We will continue to practice comma usage, though he was able to identify many participial phrases that he set off with commas since we had discussed those last week. Next we covered nouns. He was able to identify all of the nouns in the sentences. We then studied pronouns -- singular and plural -- and how they take the place of nouns. We also discussed possessive pronouns, which function as adjectives. We then talked about relative and reflexive pronouns. We discussed the usage of "that" vs. "which" and "who" vs. "whom." He was able to identify the pronouns in all the sentences I gave him. Next I had him write a one-page story about a character who lives on the moon. He did very well, making only one or two errors in the paper. For Tuesday, I told him to work on his two-page essay on volunteering as well as some reading. I asked him to read chapters 1-4 in "The Hunger Games." I told him I would prepare grammar lessons he could study from."