Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we went over the student's review sheet for The Aeneid. We covered all the questions, most of which will probably be on her midterm this coming Wednesday. She had a bit of difficulty remember some of the details from the earlier part of the book, but together we were able to figure out all the answers."
"The student continued to examine Amiri Baraka today by analyzing "Somebody Blew Up America.". Additionally, he listened to a recording of Baraka's live reading of the poem (accompanied by jazz saxophone) and read a public radio article on the backlash Baraka received for its post-9/11 publication. The student noted within the poem social/historical references, as well as rhythmic and emotional value."
"The student and I finished going over the exercises on use of the conditional in English, today focusing on the third conditional. I had put together a series of exercises that required him to construct sentences rather than merely fill in a blank. We did these together, and he was overall very successful, especially when he allowed himself to slow down and think about the answer as opposed to trying to answer quickly. We then discussed his short story and how it uses present versus past tense, modal verbs, coordination, and relative clauses. I will give him some exercises regarding relative clauses to do for our next meeting."
"We read an assigned story together, pausing to discuss what was going on and how it pertained to the assigned homework. Completed a homework sheet including finding examples from the text of various assigned criteria, as well as writing an initial paragraph for an essay. Also did an exercise looking at song lyrics and finding meaning. The student did well."
"The student and I studied for his upcoming mythology exam. Drawing from a review packet he had completed in class, we worked together to come up with flashcards for the key gods and goddesses, as well as other people and places he needed to know. We were able to get through all the key people and places, but did not have time to make flashcards for all the vocabulary terms on his list. I strongly encouraged him to complete the flashcards for the vocabulary and to put in quite a bit of time studying the cards for all the key terms on his review."
"Tonight, the student and I began our session discussing her new book for literature class, White Fang. She is through chapter 3 and has questions that she is to complete as she goes. We discussed the questions and the content of the book, which she is enjoying. We also discussed her upcoming research paper for history class. She has chosen to research fashion of the 1950s and has already begun her preliminary research. Her goal is to have it complete by next Friday, so I told her that she needs to make a detailed schedule and stick to that schedule. The hope is that I will be able to help her polish the paper and her footnotes at our next session."
"The student and I covered strategies for memorization and retaining information. We reviewed organizational tips, especially keeping track of assignments and books to bring home for homework. We reviewed his upcoming vocabulary words for next week and briefly went over his math homework. Then we discussed his literature assignment and together we translated a piece from "Macbeth" into modern English. At the end of our session, we briefly discussed the short essay he will complete tonight for homework."
"The assignment was using a short story to describe American culture and how history has shaped it. We spent the time talking about American culture, since his home life emphasizes Chinese culture. We covered history, culture, and world events. A lot of foundational material and, in the end, he had a much clearer grasp of what the story was trying to convey."
"We reviewed chapter 3 and 4 of the novel. We also covered study questions for chapter 3 during this session. The final 30 minutes of this session gave the student an opportunity to review an additional section in his text book. At this time there are no concerns about the student's progress."
"At today's session, the student and I discussed the first ten pages of Elie Wiesel's Night, which is on his summer reading list. We went over the characters introduced early in the book, the setting and context, unfamiliar vocabulary, and several difficult passages. We also discussed strategies for taking notes while reading, and I have asked him to consider two quotes from the text for our next session."
"The student and I prepped for her Writing Responsibly class today by discussing essays by Steven King and Virginia Woolf, as well as a passage from her writing textbook. She did a great job fielding questions on the spot, practicing for class discussion, and taking notes. And we also wrote a brief summary of King's essay to practice that skill for her upcoming portfolio assignment. Finally, she approved the schedule I set up for her, and she told me that she was able to use the format to make schedules for her other classes as well."
"I spent one hour with the first student and thirty minutes with the second. The first student and I worked to find a quote from "The Lord of the Flies" and tie the quote into the themes of the story. We then did very brief character sketches of the characters in the book. He had read chapters 1-5 and was going to read 6 after I left. The second student was asked to write a 100 word article describing a change in perspective. We tightened the writing up and she found a good ending to the piece."