Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tomorrow is a big test day for the student. We spent the day reviewing for his test on Macbeth while I made a practice test for his U.S. History exam. He really liked reading Macbeth and remembers the play pretty well. His test is divided into two parts: the multiple choice portion will be given tomorrow and the short answer portion will be given on Friday. For the short answer I helped him work on a worksheet about characterization, and we will work on preparing his paragraph tomorrow."
"The student wrote a five sentence paragraph about his day to start. We then wrote similes and metaphors about people he knows. I had him identify action verbs and write new sentences. I created a 20 sentence simile vs. metaphor quiz. We also did additional simile vs. metaphor worksheets. Once he slowed down, he scored much better."
"The student was working on poetry/music lyrics in his English course. He had to choose a song about Vietnam and write a 150 word essay on the meaning of the song as it pertains to the Vietnam War. Together we analyzed and reviewed the lyrics to the song and after he wrote his essay as I helped him proofread it."
"I started the session with the student and gave her a variety of worksheets and tests to determine her skill level. I found out that she is well above her grade level in grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and writing. Finally, I gave her a writing practice which she did very well on and completed within the time limit. For the next session, I plan to clear up the few grammar hurdles and to edit her paper with her to teach her better essay structure and format. Next, I tutored the second student and gave her similar diagnostic work as the first student. She also excelled at everything I gave her. I gave her a writing practice and she also completed the assignment in time. For her next session, I plan to assign her vocabulary words to memorize and to edit her paper to improve any misspellings and essay structure problems."
"We read two cantos from the student's books. I explained to her the significance of both and gave a simple plot summary to help her follow the progression of the poem more easily. I did not leave her with practice as her homework is to read the book, as her last essay has still not been graded."
"The student and I covered several grammar sections from her SAT review book, with a focus on verb, noun, and pronoun agreement. We also went over other miscellaneous grammar rules that are tested by ETS on the SAT. The student wrote an essay from a prompt which we will review together in tomorrow's session. She also has a grammar exercise from the SAT practice test book."