Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work on the Book Thief study packet. We will continue to work on the study guide and pursue a deeper understanding of the novel."
"The student and I worked on her PowerPoint presentation over astronauts. We finished the content. She still has to add pictures and animation, and write her script. She is a good writer, and her PowerPoint is nicely done."
"I started the first student's lesson by reviewing her spelling and vocabulary words. She spells very well naturally but she struggled to remember some of the definitions. To help with this, I made her draw out a quick sketch depicting every word she missed and that seemed to help her retention a lot. Finally, I gave her an un-timed writing assignment, which we later edited together and discussed methods of improvement. For the second student, I reviewed one of her school writing assignments with her in detail and discussed all the ways she could improve; she seemed to take quickly to the corrections and with some help, was able to edit most of the paper herself. Afterwards, I reviewed her spelling and vocab words and gave her another writing assignment, which we will go over together next time."
"The student worked more on the Shakespeare essay. She had done some good work since the last time we met. We discussed ways to expand her thoughts and explain the interpretations of the dream and the way both interpretations came "true." She organized her thoughts into an appropriate essay form. We also spent a couple minutes discussing another essay, about the changes in Christianity from Jesus to Charlemagne. She wanted to discuss how to organize the essay given the assignment parameters."
"The student and I split our time between English Language Arts and Science during this session. In ELA, we reviewed concepts such as homophones, connotation, citations, and adverbs. We also prepared for the student's science test on photosynthesis. She needed to memorize terms related to photosynthesis including oxygen, carbon dioxide, and chloroplast. She had some trouble directly recalling the definitions from memory, but using visual aids like charts and diagrams helped her understand the connections between all of her terms."
"This was my first session with the student. We introduced ourselves to one another and discussed the essay prompt that her school is asking her to do for the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I had received a draft of her essay previously, and shared it with her directly at the beginning of our session. She would like more support with several special essays that are due in the next two months, along with the writing and reading comprehension section of an upcoming entrance exam for a special middle school. She is a strong writer, and would like someone to help guide her when it comes to forming ideas and starting her essays. I have yet to see what exactly she needs help with for the exam, which we intend to cover for our next session when her mother will send me a scanned copy of the exam workbook. I asked that she continue working on the admissions essay that I helped her start, and to further edit the essay I had reviewed."