Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over essay structure for test coming up in four weeks. We discussed spelling and making the essays flow from sentence to sentence, and he did better on reading. I left the student with a lot of practice and essay structure templates."
"Today, the student worked on outline for extended definition paper based on the documentary, "Aging Out." The focus of the paper will be stability."
"The student is preparing for the competency test, and she was given some grammar homework that involved identifying proper pronouns (possessive, demonstrative, interrogative, etc.). After going over these, she stated she needed some further review on who vs. whom, predicate noun vs. predicate adjective, and direct vs. indirect object. We spent about an hour going over various exercises on these subjects. She quickly understands the concepts and by the fourth or fifth sentence is able to identify each term correctly. We also spent some time on prepositions and prepositional phrases, which are often key to identifying indirect objects. We also need further review with commas. The many and varying uses of commas and this is something I'll be revisiting with her next session. Overall, however, her willingness to work and openness about her trouble areas make her sessions very productive."
"Today, the student and I discussed short stories and their hidden meanings. He read short haiku and tried to evaluate the meaning behind them and the purpose the stories were serving. He did excellent on a majority of them and clearly understood what the author was trying to convey. He excels at reading."
"Reviewed Greek and Latin roots and ISEE vocab. Assigned the student a compare/contrast essay, including graphs for charting main concepts and instructions on writing an effective conclusion paragraph. Gave him my feedback on his last set of essays for him and his parents to review."
"In our session, the student finished her reading log and her math homework. We read through the book "If You Gave a Pig a Pancake." Although this is a low level book, it is important to read to help her reading confidence. She was able to complete her reading log on her own. I asked her to summarize the book and she did in a complete sentence and I helped her put it on paper, virtually word for word. Her reading, writing, pronunciation, and vocabulary skills have all greatly improved since the beginning our sessions. Her spelling is still a weak area but she has shown improvement there as well. I recommend making a list of spelling words that she regularly spells incorrectly and having her write those words out and practice them specifically. Her math skills are at a good level; I only gave her tips to work on problems more quickly. We finished our session by reading from "Florence the Friendship Fairy.""