Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered assessment exam writing passage strategies, sentence corrections, and revising and editing. We also checked over math homework on number lines, comparing fractions, and decimals. As usual, the student was very eager and is motivated by immediate feedback on her work."
"The student read "The Day I Had to Play with My Sister" and "Aaron Has a Lazy Day." Her reading is quite strong. She sounds out words quite well and fearlessly. I read aloud Dr. Seuss's "A Fish Out of Water" and Mercer Mayer's "Our Tree House." We sang the phonetic alphabet song and a few songs with piano at the beginning of the session to "warm up.""
"For our first session, the student and I generated random characters by filling out index cards labeled "career," "personality," and "wants/needs." We then established a conflict between our two random characters, and we improvised a dialogue in which the characters attempt to resolve the conflict. We did this exercise with four different characters. We finished the session by reading Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart," after which he and I discussed and analyzed the elements of the story, moving from the most mechanical toward the most abstract (e.g., character, POV, plot, setting, entry point, time and texture, habits and preoccupations, etc.)."
"This evening, the student worked first on an assignment for History class. She needed to read a document and then answer three questions about it (2 fact based and 1 opinion). I suggested that she read the questions first and underline as she read so she could easily reference back to the article later. This seemed to work really well, and she did a great job of noting the important material. Then, we worked for the rest of the evening on a speech that she will give to her class. She has a good rough draft written; we talked over how to complete it by Friday and then worked on some of the other requirements for within the speech itself. She needs to have various examples highlighted of the different types of phrases that she has been learning. We worked together to find some that were already within her speech, and then she re-worked sentences to create the rest. She felt good to have that part of the assignment completed. She worked well!"
"The student and I spent the first half of the session working on Civ and the second half on Politics. For Western Civilizations, we worked with a difficult portion of "The Canterbury Tales," specifically the Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale. We worked through important portions, and he formulated a paragraph response. For politics, we reviewed Edmund Burke, and the student wrote a response paragraph based on three questions from his professor."
"The student worked on a homework assignment. He started by outlining the paper and then dove into writing full paragraphs. We talked a lot about content organization and the appropriate amount of detail to use. As we keep moving forward, I want to work on developing a stronger sense of focus within his assignments."