Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed some more synthesis essay strategies and worked on some practice AP multiple choice questions."
"We continued to address sentence revision, this time in the context of essays written by other students. Tutor challenged student to take a essay scoring a 3-4, and improve upon the first paragraph sentence by sentence. This was very challenging for student. We re-wrote paragraph one of prompt one (Can deception be justified?) 7+ times. Each revision emphasized adding complexity and examples to the paragraph, while avoiding a 'direct response' answer to the prompts question. However, in the final 2 revisions, student seemed to 'get' the exercise, and began including metaphors, analogies, and questions within his revisions that demonstrated improved application of critical thinking. Concluded by spending about 25-30 minutes reviewing student's responses to another prompt (Does maintaining objectivity improve our ability to make decisions?) and revising the first paragraphs. Student was significantly faster and more comfortable revising the paragraphs, and demonstrated increased interest in brainstorming/writing of related scenarios in response to the prompt. Next week, I'd like to work on writing the 1st and 2nd paragraphs together, in the same manner as today. Student is requested to bring multiple examples of his in-class writing."
"Went over previously assigned writing topic and discussed the need for a clear tone in an argument paper. Set a timer and went over one of the previously assigned AP test questions, working together to do prewriting material and then to write the essay out. I stressed the need for prewriting when still learning how to properly compose a good essay, especially in a timed graded session."
"The student and I went through this week's spelling list, grammar rules (nouns and verbs), and reading. With spelling, we needed to focus on letter combinations and the sounds that they make (e.g., -mb, gn-, kn-) and repetition. In regards to reading, he seems to start out well with sounding out words, but he gets a little discouraged. Helping him to be patient and move slowly will probably increase his reading proficiency. We will continue to work on this."
"The student and I began with some memory exercises. I would recite a sentence, and he would repeat the sentence back to me. I would then ask him some comprehension questions on the sentence. He performed well up. After this exercise, he and I worked on his ability to differentiate between what is "different" and what is the "same." We will continue with this tomorrow."
"The student and I worked on organization and drafting for argumentative essays. He has a strong vocabulary, and we discussed also working in reading strategies such as keywords, skimming, etc. He and I then wrote his name and color coded it, as well as read from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (alphabet book). I assessed him on knowledge of letters and sounds--he should be reading in a few months. We plan to do sight words from this point on, since he is ready."