Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This 1.5 hour session focused on giving the student help in developing his understanding of his new novel, The Snow Flower and the Fan. The student and the tutor reviewed the upcoming elements of this book and began to answer the questions from his class green sheet. The student and the tutor reviewed the background elements of Chinese 19th century history to place a context on the novel. The student was presented with questions and the tutor clarified areas of uncertainty. The tutor requested that the student read and review the first three chapters of thee new book prior to the next session."
"The student did not have French homework for this session, but did have an essay due in English on obstacles to marriage in Othello and/or in life in general (with examples drawn from Othello). We brainstormed various obstacles, he chose some that went together, he found examples supporting them in the text, and he got a good start on his essay outline. He was planning to finish the essay by himself over the weekend."
"The student and I worked hard at reviewing his English paper, that had the topic of whether or not satire can cross the line of 'freedom of speech.' Although there were definitely some aspects of the essay to improve, by the end of the session, he had a good understanding of the steps he needs to take to improve the paper. With this being the case, it was a very productive session and I sincerely look forward to working with him more soon."
"The student had to prepare for his essay the following day. We didn't want to do anything too rigorous, so we chose a couple of prompts and discussed how he would structure his essay: thesis, topic sentences of body paragraphs, information for intro and conclusion. This seemed to help improve his ability to organize his ideas. We spent the final 15 minutes reviewing verb conjugations in Spanish."
"For this session, we continued to focus on verb conjugations as we went over the student's homework. She's getting a lot better at conjugating regular verbs properly, in the simple past, present indicative, future indicative, future subjunctive, and the continuous form of these verbs. I have also started to introduce her to irregular verbs. Now that she's starting to master how to conjugate "to be" in the most common verb tenses, we'll be focusing on how to conjugate "to go" and some other common verbs. In this session, we also focused on the imperative form of verbs (commands)."
"We covered capitalization and reviewed homophones and vowels. I showed the student two videos of capitalization rules, and she corrected sentences. I used my dry erase board, and she took notes. I am very pleased with her. When I quiz her on previous things we've covered, she remembers without looking at her notes, and her reading has improved slightly."
"Like last session, the student and I spent the first few minutes reviewing his homework and assignments for the week. Then we probably spent the next hour or so working on his senior research project for English. We talked about what makes an essay effective - a clear thesis, strong body paragraphs, credible sources, and some attempt to refute the opposing argument. I had him come up with some ideas for body paragraphs, and offered feedback and suggestions for how he could support his ideas with evidence. Finally, for the last 15-20 minutes, we worked on his Spanish packet."
"The student did his English homework - reading comprehension of several articles/passages, answer multiple choice questions, and write a paragraph to summarize author's point of view for each article/passages. I gave him tips/strategies of answering such questions and writing. I explained the differences between informative and persuasive articles; and how to compare and contrast of two articles."
"We studied the most recent book which the student has been reading for class, "The Namesake." I summarized the plot, and we got into some of the major themes: immigrant displacement, cultural identity, personal identity, the power of names, etc. She then wrote a practice short response to hone her writing skills for the upcoming test. She did better this time managing her time in answering it, and it was both coherent and well-written."
"We went over primarily essay writing, particularly in preparation for the test, and geometry. We discussed how to plan out an essay and how to organize your thoughts before beginning to write. Further, we created a outline of the structure of essays and verbally practiced these concepts. Next week, the student will bring essays from her classes for us to look over together. Next, we spent time going over her geometry homework and the concepts which were confusing to her. Next week she will send the homework problems she is struggling with to me prior to our meeting."
"We worked on paragraph correction (advanced) at the beginning, and then moved on to the focus of the session, which was simple future tense. We also incorporated negatives and adverbs, and then did a worksheet reviewing the simple perfect tense. We completed exercises 1-8 in the future tense series, and will move on to future perfect and future progressive next time. We also went over the different tenses of the word "approved.""
"She was introduced to word families "ed", "en", and "et". We reviewed short a, i, and o word families with a focus on short o. We reviewed helper and sight words. She has really started to take her time and focus on what she is reading. She is making good progress in the right direction."