Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a research paper for Social Studies that he just got assigned. He will complete the paper in stages, with due dates about once a week. We discussed a few ideas he had a for a topic, and I encouraged him to research them some before deciding, so that he knows he'll be able to find what he needs on his chosen topic. We talked about how he could use videos as well as websites and his textbook for his research. Together we explored various websites, and he narrowed his topic to how Mussolini's use of power affected Italian society and culture."
"I helped the student complete a number of paragraph responses to questions based on her history chapter. The chapter was about the abolitionists and the underground railroad. I helped the student pick out the important information from the text and helped her develop complete and thoughtful responses to the questions. She struggled with clearly expressing her thoughts on paper. I showed her how to take notes from the chapter in order to help her answer the questions. Although the student claims to not enjoy history, I found that she asked a number of thoughtful questions and showed interest in the subject matter."
"Together, the student and I explored a huge repository of folk tales online. We took turns picking and reading aloud. I encouraged him to keep going on his own, because these folktales from around the world have plenty to teach him about culture. I also feel that the varying lengths of the tales and the peculiarity of the less familiar ones will entice him to read more. We went over his new essay assignment and I went over his new vocab words. His homework is to keep reading and to think over the assignment. His writing homework is to create fresh sentences with the new words. I am going to test him with a tough exercise on Friday."