Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At our last meeting the student and I finished discussing Alice Walker's essay "Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self" and began reading Jonathan Swift's pamphlet "A Modest Proposal." I emphasized Swift's use of irony to make a satirical point about eighteenth-century Ireland. Next time we will finish "A Modest Proposal" and I will give her a worksheet on which to write short-paragraph responses to some questions about what she's read so far."
"The first student revised the 2 essays that I gave him feedback on last session. I checked them over and gave him additional feedback. His writing has improved in clarity and he is using significant textual evidence to support his statements. The second student revised the two essays that I gave him feedback on. I noticed that his essays had increased fluency and clarity and he did elaborate a bit more. He will finish reading "White Fang," and complete two essays for that novel."
"The student is continuing to read The Giver and is answering comprehension questions as she reads. She is organizing her ideas for the paper we will be writing on a Venn diagram. As she reads she is looking for quotes from the book to support her paper. I also asked that she find two major themes in the book by the end of the book. She also did two grammar correction activities."
"The student had completed the revisions of her Journals, but had not written the remaining 7 journals. We reviewed together the revised journals, made some minor corrections, and created a game plan for the next two weeks (as school begins, but before the project is due). For this coming week, the student will write 1 journal/day using the journal brainstorm charts we created several weeks ago. Next time we meet, we will review these journals together, and mark for revisions. This week, the student will read a minimum of 15 pages/day, with a goal of reading over 150 pages total. While reading, she will use the post-it note system to flag different 'main events' in the story for either her plot map graphic worksheet, or her Timeline Project. The student and I also reviewed her timeline activity, and made a game plan for its vision and completion."
"We read The Interlopers together and I even acted some of it out. As we read, the student filled out the answers for homework. I think he understood the story pretty well."
"Today the student finished the rest of her comments for the story. For the first 30 to 40 minutes she read out loud while I listened and took notes for us to discuss once she came to a stopping point. After reading a series of the vignettes within the book, she would stop, so she could write her comments and passages from the text. For the last 30 minutes, she continued to read and afterwards, I gave her a list of things she needed to have completed in order to type her paper up and submit to her teacher by Sunday. She is doing very well with her comprehension."
"The student did very well in his session today! We worked on his Global Studies homework and studied for his history quiz tomorrow. In Global Studies, the student was tasked with using new vocabulary words in a sentence. The student also did very well staying focused while studying for his history quiz. We reviewed terminology and went over study ideas to remember them, and also outlined 4 possible essay questions. I will be interested to hear how well he does on this quiz."
"The student worked on an annotation assignment for his summer reading. We briefly discussed his strengths. He will be continuing to work on the annotation assignment for our next session, and we will then work on another book."
"We worked on the student's Current Events homework, as he did not have an assignment from his novel this week. We read and discussed some news articles and looked for common themes. I advised him to think about the bigger picture, and to always consider how certain events in history and current events may be connected in terms of the human nature and behavior that are the causes of these events."
"The student and I worked on a reading comprehension/writing exercise for the test. I had him read the passage and answer some questions - he did very well. For the writing exercise, he had to write a narrative piece - a continuation of a story. He did well on this. He was able to collect his thoughts and write a nice ending to the story. He needs to work on putting more details into his story. He needs to also work on grammar/spelling and proofreading his work."
"The students had low scores on a recent vocabulary quiz, so we decided to make studying their vocabulary sets for school a priority. We read two chapters of the sequel to The Wizard of Oz. Working together they answered questions about the reading."
"We worked on a two-paged assignment for his History class. The student answered questions dealing with vocabulary and recall questions from the textbook. We then reviewed chapters 1,3,5,7, and 9 from his vocabulary book. He will have a test on these words this week. I asked him questions on the definitions and he would respond with the word. We then discussed ways that he can remember the meanings of these words."