Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session the student worked on some practice pages on singular and plural possessive nouns. He also reviewed with me the persuasive essay he had written, and we worked together to improve the writing. He was also asked to pre-write an outline for a composition after reading two speeches and making his choice for a candidate for class president."
"We worked on English homework. She had to write her own vocabulary quiz about A Midsummer Night's Dream. The assignment took the whole session, but we completed the task, and went over everything very thoroughly. She knows all of the definitions, but she was having trouble relating them to the text. I realize now that perhaps, we should have started by reviewing specific scenes from the text. This may have made it easier for her to ask questions. Instead, I think she felt a little overwhelmed thinking about the text as a whole, and as a result, came up with vague questions the first time around. We had to take the vague questions and go back and look at the text to make sure they applied, and make them more specific."
"We are focusing on writing so I had the student look at some passages to see how they are organized. I pointed out that topic sentences are important to guide the reader and various patterns lend themselves to specific goals. We continued by working on sequential writing- the steps in a process such as building a wall with building sets or making a peanut butter sandwich. The student worked hard and was very specific as we went along. We finished with brainstorming summer activities and then discussed how the brainstorming helped with the writing."