Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on reading comprehension in the novel the student is reading for English class, "Huckleberry Finn." He finds it difficult because of the antiquated, colloquial language. I have given him tools such as context and reading out loud (we did a lot of that) to further his ability to understand this novel on his own. During the last 10 minutes, we worked together with the AP English Language practice problems. He finds them helpful. I gave him some tips on how to target the information he is looking for by reading the question first and seeing if he can identify the author and use what he knows about the author to get the correct answer in a timely manner. We plan to meet the same time next Saturday and work on similar topics."
"The student and I addressed some trends in his writing that he can improve. We worked on explaining the "so what" of his sentences to the reader, transitioning from spoken argument to written words. We did this while editing an old letter to his teacher. I also started a list of helpful transition words and what drawn-out phrases they should replace (e.g. However: "Yes, but..." "You thought that was true, but actually..." etc.). Next week, we will develop an essay arguing a specific point about his favorite topic: gaming."
"We went over the three prompt options the student had and chose one that she felt the most comfortable with. We discussed the prompt thoroughly to make sure that she could brainstorm effectively. Since the prompt we chose requires watching a movie, she is going to watch the movie this week, and we are going to meet on Wednesday to continue with the brainstorming and flesh out the outline."
"The student did well at his lesson today! We went over reading comprehension, and he wrote summaries of the reading material. We also did some addition problems that he did well with! Overall, the lesson went well, and I look forward to helping improve his independent success!"
"Student A and I worked on a reading passage that explained the history of football. He answered reading comprehension, opinion, and discussion questions out loud and on paper. We also worked on his grammar skills with sentence structure and will be doing brainstorming writing activities next week. Student B read a 2-page passage about flamingos and did great answering the reading comprehension questions that followed. She was able to identify the main idea of each paragraph and was confident in her answers. We also worked on free writing her interests and non-interests and created a treemap based on her interests. She was able to form her own ideas with minimal assistance and we will begin taking the information from her treemap and creating paragraphs next week."
"The professor changed the complete assignment for Unit 3 and so we reviewed Unit 3 concepts and the student applied them to the new assignment. He completed the discussion question for Unit 4. He did an excellent job discussing imagery and poetic devices. He is becoming more and more confident in his own ideas and analyses, but we are still working on staying on point and not letting the "want to research" distract from opinion- or analysis-based assignments. He earned 24/25 and 74/75 for Unit 2 discuss and complete, respectively. Excellent!"