Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student began by letting me know that he was able to get a 102% on his most recent English quiz. We spent the majority of our time practicing for his upcoming speech by addressing areas to work on in body language, tone, pace, flow, and more. We also reviewed the Spanish quiz material covering the basic, present-tense conjugation of Spanish -ar, -er, and -ir verbs. He was tasked with reading his presentation repeatedly in the coming days before his speech. His energy was a bit higher in this session, but overall we got a good chunk of work done."
"Continued work on sales pitch from last week. Used computer to create blueprints and advertisements for the student's invention, FlyCar. Designed the car and drew up models. Came up with "hooks" to capture the attention of target consumers. Used questions and slogans to capture the reader's attention and then transitioned into advertising the merits of the car. Continued to build on themes of capturing and holding the audience's attention, employing persuasive writing and speech, and using emotion, logic, and passion to make persuasive arguments. Next week, we will use the blueprints and advertisements to craft the sales pitch, which will be modeled after the television show, Shark Tank. He will make a presentation to me about why I should invest in his company, and I will interject with questions intended to spark debate and critical thinking."
"Assisted student further with writing development process. Speech is progressing steadily ahead of March performance date."
"We continued to work on The Diary of Anne Frank. Today we went over a test the student took the previous day, why he got the answers wrong or right, and what his thought process was for each answer. Then we acted out more of the play. I focused on getting him to try to pick up on details and important character moments. We also worked a little on composition. He is required to do journal entries for class on things they do at home or for fun. I asked him to describe one of his activities, emphasizing that he should show me the story instead of listing events and facts. Once I gave him a few starting examples, he took off and did really well. He actually had to wrap it up early to fit it on one page. He said it had been a long time since he had written that much at once."
"Today, the student and I worked on writing and summarizing themes. She needed help a bit with starting the process and with finding textual support, so we went over that in detail. She had a positive attitude, overwhelmingly. She currently has a 93 in English; I'm not sure how much I had to do with that but I am very happy. She was able to piece out what made a relevant thematic statement very well by the end."
"We worked on our standard reading passage and then a fluency/ skill building exercise. The student did very well on the reading passage, which was slightly above the level that he tested on his last state assessment test. On the skill building exercises, we will read a short play and then cycle through all of the applicable skills for fourth grade, like character and theme."