Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on an English project due tomorrow. She is reading Animal Farm and was assigned to research the Russian Secret Police and find quotes that tie characters in the novel to historical events. We spent about and hour identifying 3 sources and came up with 16 quotes. She needs to find one more source (she mentioned getting a book from the library) and find 14 more quotes that relate the Russian KGB to characters/events in Animal Farm."
"The student and I worked on vocabulary. He is learning some root words and prefixes, as well as keeping a list of words he is encountering in his daily reading in school and at home. He is keeping up with newspaper articles--at least 3 a week, following stories as they develop over time. He and I also worked on reading comprehension passages, focusing on reading for main ideas and making predictions. He is doing well."
"The student and I worked on his English homework. He had to read a short story and answer questions related to the reading, and also had to complete a character analysis for one of the characters in the book The Hunger Games. He struggles with reading comprehension, so the first assignment was much more difficult for him. We continued to work on thinking critically about the text (what characters are thinking, why the author mentions certain things, etc.) and reading between the lines, rather than interpreting things literally. He did well on the Hunger Games assignment, which he really seemed to enjoy. His thoughts were creative and well-formed; we just worked on making sure to answer the questions directly and with specific evidence from the text."
"The student got an 82 on the Gatsby quiz (the average was a 79)--he could have done better, but not bad since all agreed that it was particularly difficult. He has started a new book, Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God". He also got a poetry packet on the Harlem Renn. and he and his group have to present a poem. They chose "Will VDay be MeDay" by Langston Hughes. We went over the poem as well as most of the others in the packet and reviewed the questions and pointers that were part of the worksheet both for individual analysis and for his presentation (he is part of a group of 3). The student is quite good at noticing things and is aware of the many nuances and their possible meanings in these poems."
"I helped the student go over practice questions for his language arts test, which is tomorrow. We completed three readings and their questions. Overall, he reads well and can understand content quite easily, but he has some trouble determining the correct answers. The test questions are tricky because all possible choices can make sense, so choosing the "most correct" one requires deductive reasoning and careful reading. With my help and his careful reading, he does well."
"This was my first session so I had the student read to me. We worked through some questions to evaluate comprehension and strategies, and finally we started a graphic organizer so we can write an essay. We talked about next steps including resources to be used."