Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"First, I helped the student with his vocabulary homework. I quizzed him on each of the words regarding meaning and spelling. Moreover, I helped him practice the ones he was struggling with. We also worked through some writing exercises together as well. I had him make up sentences using the vocabulary words that he had to learn for homework."
"During this session, I helped her with a writing assignment in which she had to compare and contrast pop songs with themes from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The assignment required her to write three mini-essay paragraphs in which she compared one pop song with A Midsummer Night's Dream in each paragraph. When I arrived, she had written a rough draft for one of her paragraphs. She did a nice job selecting and integrating quotes from each source into her paragraph. Each quote, however, needed more analysis. Thus, during this session I emphasized the importance of close-reading in order to strengthen her analysis and ultimately her argument that both works demonstrated how love can cause one to act like a fool or a madman. I helped her strengthen the analysis of her first quote and requested that she work on developing a stronger analysis of her last quote on her own so she can gain experience working through the writing process independently. I also helped her make some minor adjustments in regards to her sentence style. In addition, I taught her that she needs to treat song lyrics as she would a poem by identifying a speaker instead of making the assumption that the writer is the speaker and/or protagonist. We concluded the session by brainstorming for her next two paragraphs. She had trouble choosing songs for her final paragraphs, so I suggested she focus more on identifying the different themes of love presented in A Midsummer Night's Dream instead of searching for random song lyrics in an attempt to establish a connection. Overall, she displayed vast improvement in her writing skills during this session."
"The student had a timed essay exam this Friday, so we divided the time between talking about her National History Day essay and practicing timed essay organizing. As I read all three paragraphs, I found some common spelling errors. She wrote down each of the spelling errors, and then guessed the correct spelling while I verified each word. We then talked about paragraph organization within an essay- how one paragraph should flow to the next, and combining common ideas for one larger paragraph. I left her with an example paragraph we had worked on previously."