Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did a free write and then he practiced his cursive handwriting with tracing the letters and copying a sentence. We went over the definition of a thesis statement and did an exercise comparing thesis statements to topic sentences. Thesis statements are often difficult for students to comprehend and this student is no exception. We'll continue to work on thesis statements next week."
"We worked on a book report the student was assigned. We talked about structure and worked our way through the report, stopping at each section to correct and discuss issues with grammar. He was, as usual, attentive and open to talking about missteps and ways to fix them."
"In this session, we reviewed Greek and Latin root words and a few common prefixes and suffixes. Then, we reviewed the student's work with the first 16 chapters of "The Count of Monte Cristo" in order to trace the development of student-identified themes, such as innocence, justice, and honesty. Then, we discussed how we can stake a claim using the Philosophical Approach of Literature based on our notes about the text so far. The student decided he could not yet make a claim about Dumas' ultimate meaning in the context of the Philosophical Approach since his escape from the prison has just transpired. We decided that in the next session, we focus on a few short reading to practice inference-making, as well as prepare a thesis statement for the students' ideas thus far. He will use his notes from that session to justify his claim using Audacity software."
"The student and I continued to work on his college application essay. We focused on editing the final paragraph to make sure that his closing was cohesive and powerful. We then turned towards the start of the paper and began to reread the paper to edit for grammar, spelling, syntax, etc."
"We reviewed a writing reflection that the student had done for her English class. I think she struggles most with giving adequate time and energy to her writing; writing becomes extremely difficult if you are multitasking or saving it till late at night. We talked about how a writing reflection should be set up and sources that are good to cite and those that are not."
"In this session, the student completed an assessment of what we have been covering. She read a news article and completed a 5 paragraph graphic organizer based on the article. She completed this with some guidance from me, but on the whole, she successfully selected the appropriate main idea and supporting details, which is what we have been focusing on. She was very receptive to the work, as always, and was very pleased with her successes. The study skill included here was practicing using the graphic organizer. The extra practice that was left was to continue her synonym list of her commonly used words. I was very pleased with her progress in being able to identify the key features in the article."