Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over grammar most specifically in regards to a new piece of writing done by the student. She is getting much better at identifying mechanical issues with writing and is beginning to show signs of quick proofreading. We went over one paragraph, and she will go back and re-edit the paper with new grammatical techniques for next time. I taught grammar - pluperfect/ perfect/ past tense and how to use them in writing, and the student picked those up very quickly."
"The student worked on some first grade reading selections and a second grade selection. She did very well and has gained a lot of confidence in reading aloud. We also worked on writing and practicing letter formation and properly using small and capital letters."
"The student and I worked today in our second to last session on word identification by playing a bingo game. I made a word list for him and he used the list to identify words and find them on the bingo board and color them in with colored pencils. We spelled them together as he did this. We then made a "menu" of his favorite foods and labeled them (many of the words on the menu were also on the bingo game). He finished a word search we started last week where he labeled different animals. Additionally, we came up with many different words for each letter of his name, and spelled them out together. He was able to earn a prize for his cooperation and good work. Next week, I plan for the student and I to review all he has learned in our sessions together."
"We went over thesis and some parts of a narrative essay. The student made multiple improvements and corrections throughout the paper and we added new ideas together. We also discussed imagery and details within the paper. We exchanged ideas on how student wanted to approach his story and make sure it was in compliance to the rubric given by instructor. He was very positive, mature and polite. He responded well to the help he was receiving."
"The student and I read about 14 pages to finish the current chapter of Interpreter of Maladies. We paused frequently to talk about character motivations and to predict what would happen next in the story. This chapter presented some of the most difficult characters to analyze in the book, but our discussions combined with a summary and free write were intended to help us makes sense of the events in the chapter and explore the central themes more in depth. He said that he would finish the free write from the previous chapter in preparation for our next session."
"We split our time between EE research and preparation of the student's college admissions essays. With regard to her EE, we've begun categorizing all of the research she has done into central themes that will be the building blocks of her paper. We also discussed the key criteria for evaluating future research. For her college admissions essays, we narrowed down her final topic and discussed the narrative arc that she'll use in writing it out. We've also established next steps for moving forward with both her EE and admissions essays, and are tentatively planning on meeting next week."