Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we continued our literary discussion of the novel, The Last Unicorn. Our focus was to prepare for the next day's class discussion. We also talked about the author's purpose. The student made thematic connections between The Last Unicorn and other works of literature, art and culture. We discussed the author's style and how this directly affects the reader experience. There will be an essay on this novel due later this month along with a test, and we made sure to link the discussions to essay writing and testing. The student mentioned that he would like to improve his note taking skills, so we will be working on how to take notes, rewrite them into study guides and use them to prepare for tests and essay writing."
"We revised the student's Julius Caesar essay rough draft based on my feedback and a peer review that was conducted in her class. We also added another page to the essay because the rough draft was not long enough to meet her teacher's length requirements."
"We went over the vocabulary for his forensics homework, and then studied for the test the next day. After forensics, we reviewed literary terms for his test."
"The student continues to make progress on his writing and his note taking. We worked on his study guide for a paper for a book he is currently reading. During our session, we worked on vocabulary, literary devices, and themes found in the book. He showed me the 99 he made on a paper we worked on, and I conveyed to him how proud I am."
"We went over the student's homework for today. He was assigned to write a 300-word reflection paper on J.D.'s The Catcher in the Rye. We went over the structure of the reflection (introduction, body, conclusion), and how he can address all the different questions posted by the assignment, which was to elaborate a reflection on the process of reading, paying attention to the uses of a unreliable narrator and symbols. We discussed the student's ideas on the assignment and went over his written reflection for his class."
"The student and I had a productive and pleasant meeting today, centered around our discussion of his short story. He really seemed to enjoy the story, and had done a lot of preparation by looking for instances of some of the grammatical concepts we'd previously discussed, such as phrasal verbs and idiomatic preposition use. We went over several exercises on these topics and then discussed both the content and structure of the story."
"This session focused around the novel "The Scarlet Letter." The student had already taken a mid-book test, and was about to take another test on the book as a whole. We went over her first test, discussing her errors and ways that she could improve her test taking skills. We then went over each chapter remaining, discussing major plot points. Finally we went over a list of five subjects her teacher had said to study, discussing what each meant, and how to tackle it best. She has a good grasp of the story, and just needs to work on adding depth and specific examples to her answers."
"We looked over the student's literature/composition paper and found some areas that needed further discussion and more clarity. He then rewrote the passages until his writing better reflected the points he was trying to make."
"The student has a test scheduled for Tuesday on "The Great Gatsby". While he can recall details, he needed to focus his attention on description and communicating those details. I had him describe Gatsby, the main character, in great detail. We also worked with some of the minor characters to make sure he could describe them well. Our last half hour was spent putting dialogue in context with events in the book. This was a major area of the anticipated test, and it measured reading comprehension."
"The student and I worked on editing a poetry literature assignment she had. We worked on making the essay better formatted and cohesive. The student had a good grasp on what she needed to fix in her essay and with a few pointers, she was able to edit her essay to have a better thesis and cohesive argument. In our next session, The student and I will begin to review for her midterms."
"The student and I have started to work on the foundation skills needed to better excel at the current class home work."
"We reviewed the paper and figured out what needed to be added to properly complete the exam. We incorporated the needed information, edited for grammar and spelling, and read the paper out loud to check for completion and flow."