Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by discussing his homework from the session before. I had him walk me through the passages he had selected and highlighted as significant to the narrative of the book as a whole. We also explored the use of foreshadowing in the story, and I asked him to show me those passages in the text that he had found useful in making his character sketches. I requested that he explain to me how he had come to certain conclusions about characters when I did not necessarily agree with his assessment, giving him the opportunity to support his ideas with evidence from the text. He struggled to differentiate between ideas that he had formed about the story characters, some being well-founded and others being primarily speculative, so we spent some time discussing the characters and how we could make conclusions about them from the plot. I then asked him to craft questions meant to provide a comprehensive assessment of chapter 4, putting together a "quiz" with page numbers so that I, "the student", might demonstrate my knowledge of the text. He again demonstrated his creative and agile mind by asking questions that required a more "in-depth" knowledge of the chapter. I then asked him to respond to a number of phrases I had chosen from chapter 5."
"I worked with the student on comprehension of main points of an Emerson essay for her English class in preparation for her written revision of a process essay due Friday. She read each paragraph then we discussed its meaning and whether it pertained to the thesis and outline she had made. She grasped overall meaning and seemed clear on direction to go. We discussed how to choose examples to build her "argument" or interpretation for her essay. She had a good, clear plan for revising it. We also talked briefly about East of Eden and her interpretation of that and her very observant reading of the novel. She is asking good questions about the material and noticing what the author is doing. I gave her some pointers on scheduling her time on paper as she continues to manage her time better."
"I was very impressed with the student's reading ability with the book that she is reading for her project. She did a great job sounding out the words and remembering them once she had sounded them out once. The math that we have been working on doesn't really seem to be challenging anymore (it's her 2nd grade review booklet) so I am going to bring some other worksheets for next weekend along with some homework for her to do."