Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student continued working on his summer packet today. He worked through direct and indirect object pronouns, verb conjugation, vocabulary, cognates, the verb gustar and reading comprehension. I continue to be amazed by his diligence and commitment to his work. We worked through many exercises today and I continued to notice that he is quick to remember and pick up material. He also readily catches the few mistakes that he makes and does an amazing job of incorporating the concepts that he has previously learned. We will continue working on his packet on Friday by working on free-writing skills and more direct and indirect object pronouns. We will then continue by reading the next story in the packet and working with the exercises that follow."
"We reviewed grammatical constructions for talking about hypothetical situations, and the student did some of his homework on prepositions. I brought "Altazor," an experimental epic poem by the Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro; we talked a little about the historical context of the poem, and then read the first stanza and discussed its vocabulary and theme. Since we both enjoy reading and analyzing poetry, we will continue working with "Altazor" next week, in order to help him with pronunciation, reading fluency and comprehension."
"Today, the student and I finished up her essay on "A Doll's House," conceptually placing emphasis on word choice, sentence flow, and the more abstract elements of writing. The progress she has made has been monumental! She had a great attitude today, remaining engaged, positive, and assertive. It is amazing to see how far she has come when comparing her initial personal essay to the writing she has done in this essay. I left her with strategies related to citation generation, MLA style, and other stylistic strategies to ensure that the essay maintains a powerful tone."
"The student has an in-class poetry/ prose commentary assignment tomorrow so we reviewed a poetry commentary she wrote (for practice) and discussed the ways in which a poetry commentary differs from a literary essay such as her "Crime and Punishment" paper. One of the main shifts we discussed was cutting plot summary or general commentary and keeping closer to the text by quoting the poem and directly analyzing these soundbites. We also discussed the importance of topic sentences and being more explicit in her thinking; rather than saying "specific words convey innocence," tell us which words and how they denote or connote innocence."
"Today, the student and I again focused on reading and analyzing a text, by reading a short story. We then practiced two areas of the AP exam, reading and listening to different sources, then answering questions, followed by speaking practice. After practicing, we did two verb chart quizzes. She continues to strengthen her Spanish language skills."
"Today, we covered the basics of the IB English HL Paper 1 and Paper 2. We talked about the type of questions that he might receive, and how he could go about answering those. We also talked about how to structure the two essays, and we looked at examples. Between this session and the next session, I will provide him with some practice Paper 1 and Paper 2 questions for him to complete, and we will discuss his responses during the next session."