Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I read over the student 's writing and we discussed minor changes that needed to be made. He made a web to narrow down his topic. I was very impressed. I assigned him the writing prompt of writing about a year he would go back to if he could go back in time. Hopefully this assignment will help prepare him for the bigger project we are working on. I looked over the notes he has taken on the paper his father wanted him to write. A big research paper is a tough project for a 4th grader but he is doing well gathering information. I am not going to assign additional work so that he has time to work on this project. The student is working on identifying proper and common nouns in school. I made a list of common nouns and asked him to write the proper nouns. Then I wrote a list of proper nouns and he wrote the common noun. He got them all correct!"
"Reviewed returned essay; revised and edited an older draft to turn in the final copy for Thursday morning."
"Spent 90 min. with the student this evening from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. helping him prepare to write his in-class essay and final exam on Lord of the Flies. He is allowed to bring a one-page collection of key quotes, main ideas, etc. into the exam with him, and he knows that the exam question will involve allegory; so we spent the bulk of the session focusing on key passages and quotations that help develop and illustrate the novel's main themes and symbols. I hadn't read the novel for 40 years when he told me that it would be focus of the final exam at our meeting last week, so I picked up a library copy and found the experience of re-reading it both interesting and helpful. We talked about several ways of beginning the essay that could be adapted to whatever the specific prompt turns out to be. He was engaged and serious throughout, and he has a very good grasp of the novel at this point. I told him that one of the things that struck me upon rereading the novel at this point, compared to when I first read it, was the Cold War historical context that seems so apparent now. When our session ended, his mother joined us to talk about the holiday schedule, and we decided to meet again on Jan. 3, once he has received his exam papers back with whatever evaluative comments they'll receive."