Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session with the student, we covered the following topics in regard to literary analysis: integration and interpretation of quotes, paragraph structure, application of central themes of literature, and critical thinking techniques/skills. Throughout the session, he demonstrated excellent comprehension, attention, and enthusiasm. Growing accustomed to writing literary analysis essays/paragraphs is often a difficult task for many students to accomplish; however, he is progressing very quickly and successfully."
"We worked on making inferences and breaking down informational text. We also touched on defining vocabulary words based on their context and how to answer a question based on what the question is asking vs. what's stated most frequently in a text. At the end of the session, we did some essay brainstorming so she could better understand how an author sets up an argument."
"The student orally read two chapters of his fantasy book, Breadcrumbs, today. We discussed the descriptive writing the author used and noticed how the character's lives mirrored each other. He wondered why the author chose to write the story as parallel views of the two main characters' lives. We talked about how the book is starting to make us wonder what is fantasy and what is real. This book gives him many opportunities to explore deeper emotions experienced by the main characters."
"I read aloud "The Cheese" by Margie Palatini. Afterward, we talked about the book, concentrating on reading comprehension. Then the student read "Biscuit Wants to Play" by Capucilli. She sounded out words and paused when she didn't know them; when this happened, we went over the word together and she repeated it. Afterward she drew a picture featuring her favorite part of the story as I asked comprehension questions about the book. Then we talked about how "ay" can become "may," "bay," "play," "say," and "hay." She's talented at recognizing patterns, and she recognized that "to," "too," and "two" sound the same, but aren't. This inspired her to sing "The Ghost of John" again and giggle. We finished the session by reading "The Day I Had to Play with My Sister" together and discussing "there" and "here" and "hear" and "tear.""
"The student and I worked through 150 ACT grammar questions with a focus on comma placement, colons and semicolons, verb tenses, unclear antecedents, and active versus passive voice. She understood many of these concepts, particularly after receiving explanations for less obvious ones (such as unclear antecedents and passive voice). I assigned her an essay to complete before the next session and asked that she send me the drafts of several essays she has been working on so we can talk specifically about her writing style, types of essays, and evidence during our next session. Overall, I felt this was a good initial session."
"Today we worked on spelling and reading. We did a pretest in which I said the words for the student and then he spelled out the words. Out of 55 words, he missed only 13. The ones that he missed, he wrote them over twice."