Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did a trig review for his exam. The student is great with math and seems very comfortable with the material. We also reviewed for his quiz on Animal Farm."
"Today we returned to "Howl" and examined Part II. The student pointed out images that resonated with him and identified some of those images based on the literary device being used: metaphor, simile, analogy, personification, etc. After that, we listened to a portion of Ginsberg's live reading of the poem, and he analyzed it in terms of social and historical context. Following, we took a look at (and listened to) "Elegie" (Patti Smith), written some years later but credited as having been heavily influenced by Beat writers. He compared the two works in terms of content, energy, and imagery."
"We did a lot of pre-writing and research on an essay for Catcher in the Rye, specifically regarding how Holden's idea of "phoniness" is related to internal and external conflicts in his life. The student did very well with coming up with connections, and I left him with an e-book version of the book to be able to search for "phony" and find additional pieces of evidence."
"Today we read and discussed Shakespeare, went over literature terms, and answered questions about the text from class. Once we broke down the text the student seemed to have a better understanding of what he was reading. As we continue to read Shakespeare, I will be asking the student about these terms and how they relate to what he has read. We also worked on some extra credit math problems."
"The student and I discussed Anton Chekhov's short story "Gusev" today. To start the session, he brought up questions he had regarding language usage in the story, and I answered them. Then I shared my notes with him, and we discussed several distinctive grammatical structures in the story, such as frequent use of the subjunctive mood and parallelism. He practiced his pronunciation and rhythm by reading several passages aloud, and we discussed how to read dialogue tags. Finally, we went over the first few exercises in a packet about the passive voice I had sent him earlier this week."
"I helped the student read and understand Virgil's "Aeneid." She just began the semester, so she has no grades to show me yet. I helped her understand the text, the allusions, and the history behind this classic. I left her a brief outline of what we covered together."
"We worked on revising the student Cry the Beloved Country paper, and focused the majority of the time incorporating all of the edits and changes his new teacher requested."
"We covered Lesson 9 and 10 by discussing the various short stories in the lessons, as well as recording our discussions in the form of notes. The student also wrote a short essay discussing the symbolism of water in a particular short story, which I provided feedback on. By next week, she will have her main assignments for Lesson 9 and 10 completed, as well as the reading for Lessons 11 and 12."
"This session, the student had a paper to write for her British literature class and wanted me to assist her with it. The paper topic was some of the first verses of Milton's "Paradise Lost". I read the verses first, taking my own notes. Then, I had her read it too so that she could gain her own understanding. Then, we discussed the text as she took her own notes on it. This particular portion of the prose was depicting the scene in the Garden of Eden when Eve was deceived by the serpent. As a result, we referenced the same story from Genesis in the Bible. We finished up the session by creating an outline for her paper."
"The student and I worked on her literature homework. We spent time identifying key vocabulary words and discussing their definition and etymology. We also discussed several strategies for maintaining her reading journal for this month's book report. I suggested working with a color coordinated note system that she may respond well to."
"Today we covered parts of speech and reviewed chapter 22 out of her science textbook. We covered biomes, ecosystems, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and water cycles. She has Bs in science and math. I did leave them with a practice exam for her science exam on Thursday. As of now I have no concerns."
"At the student's request for the first half of this lesson, we reviewed again the 2-page Algebra practice test that we worked on Sunday evening. This practice test focused on factoring. He did much better today on this practice Algebra exam. He kept all the notes from our prior session and referred to them when necessary. The second half of this specific lesson we spent reviewing the book he's been busy with. We reviewed chapters 1, 2, and 3. We discussed some of the book's major characters and also talked about the plot of the story (what happens), themes, and symbolism. He added the most important information to his school notes. He was very focused during our session and was on task the entire time. Our session was very productive."