Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session, I worked out of the practice books the student's teacher provided for us. I had him read and answer questions for two reading passages, both of which I went over with him. I taught him to read the questions first before reading the passage, and to underline instances of questions being answered. Afterwards, I drilled him on vocabulary found in the books from last week, and gave him new words to memorize."
"The student's homework included looking at symbolism in characters and situations in "To Kill A Mockingbird." He did a great job of creating symbols out of the passages, explaining those symbols, and then using textual evidence to support it."
"We spent the session working through an outline for his culminating project, which is due at the end of the week. I explained the importance of not using vague pronouns, and making sure to cite the sources for his statements. He said my critiques were similar to his teacher's advise on the project and he would keep them in mind when completing the project."
"The student and I focused mainly on her English work (reading the play) and we touched briefly on Spanish. I can see that she's beginning to read more deeply into the play. We're going to continue to make that a focus. I've noticed that she tends to just read the words on the page, even if she doesn't understand them, and move on. We're going to make it a point to understand the material before moving on."
"The student and I had a very good session today. We covered a number of grammar topics, as well as looking at some commonly misspelled homophones. I gave her various tools to remember the differences between the homophones, but she and I both know that it will mostly be rote memorization and constant vigilance on her part to fully master it. We also discussed how to avoid using prepositions at the end of sentences and different ways to correct sentences like that. We also looked at some commonly misspelled words, such as "definitely, college, judgment, supposedly," etc. Finally, we discussed the difference between "who" and "whom" as well as "that" and "which". I gave her some tricks for knowing when to use each one. She learned a lot in a short time. She is a great student; Very enthusiastic, determined, and receptive to change. I look forward to our next session, where we will discuss the "ed" ending of words, which has been confusing her for some time."
"We continued to discuss the student's Real World essay and reviewed some notes for his American Government class. He will review the essay with his instructor and receive feedback before he continues working on it. He was pleased with his essay but expressed a desire to improve the essay before the due date. We will discuss the essay in future sessions."