Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with the first student, who is a delight. We started making lists of what he finds interesting and I asked him to take notes. I let him run the meeting, provided we were working on learning. As he made the lists, I was able to gauge spelling, etc. He's very intelligent and we'll be focusing on reading and writing. After, I worked with the second student. She's also a delight, very artistic and fun. We made a Mother's Day card which required the use of similes and synonyms."
"Today, we read Raymond Carver's Cathedral and analyzed it first through the lens of character, talking about the eight different areas of craft that can reveal character. Then, we talked about structure, looking at different ways of modeling a story structure, talking about which stories we read fit which models. The student is growing very competent at literary analysis; next week, we're going to talk about how to take notes while reading a novel in order to automatically plan your paper as you read."
"We read a chapter from The Hunger Games and worked on her chart chat worksheet for her to turn in today at school. The student is struggling most with reading on her own. I left her to read chapter 5 out loud to her mom for homework."
"We spent the first half hour of class discussing hunger in Central African Republic, which the student read about for homework. We went over three comprehension questions out loud: violence in CAR, how the violence and wet season contribute to hunger, and how the plight of children in CAR compared to that of children in The Hunger Games. For homework, she will write responses to the questions. We spent the rest of the session outlining her essay on Katniss and Peeta's relationship. I brought along a blank outline and supervised her as she filled in her thesis and topic sentences, details and textual support for her three body paragraphs. Next class, we will fill in the introduction and conclusion and possibly start writing the essay."
"We finished up MLA for writing formal research papers. We concluded this section with a look at a real-life research paper and the student writing an annotated bibliography entry independently. She completed one more ACT vocab sheet and was assigned another for homework, due Friday. We looked at some aspects of linguistics for writing and poetry that she was unfamiliar with (linguistic novelty, bound morphemes, metonymy, etc.) and started using two non-fiction books for a look at the difficulties with English grammar, spelling, and semantics, and the fun it can be."
"We covered how she needs to add details to her writing. We talked about what specific vocabulary means. I looked at some past writing assignments and I had her do some writing."