Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since the student and I have not met for an extended period of time, I used this session to review and solidify verb tenses."
"We looked over an essay that the student wrote about an obstacle that has helped him grow. We also discussed the differences between figurative and literal."
"Dialogue and practice: Going to the movies Movie q&a Movie discussion - describing a movie Listening comp - 50 must-see children's films"
"The student read out loud again and we talked about reading strategies, such as making connections between the text and her life. She practiced using context clues and was right every time!"
"We covered two chapters of Animal Farm and did a comprehensive review of how to answer the "controlling idea" question on the state assessment exam. During our next session we will continue working on Animal Farm and I will do more review for the English exam."
"The student finished his persuasive essay on hockey today, and I reviewed it. He then worked on a skills review website."
"The first half of the session was spent doing revisions and comments on the essay the student wrote for me over the last couple days. He's getting better at it, and I'm hoping that as he gives me a final version of that essay while writing a new essay, certain structural ideas will stick and he'll be well prepared for Saturday. The other area that we are focusing on is the vocabulary, so we set up a huge stack of flashcards and played games with the words for the second half of the session."
"We prepared for an ELA short story project. We discussed the structure of stories. We reviewed grammar principles, and compound and complex sentence structures."
"The student and I read and listened to the first chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird. We reviewed the vocabulary, and worked on story background and comprehension questions. He needs to review the questions and vocabulary (links were e-mailed to his mom), as well as re-read it before the assignment is due. This will help him with comprehension."
"I met with the student at his home. We concentrated on a compare and contrast essay assignment to be written in class tomorrow. The assignment is to compare two Seamus Heaney poems, "Digging" and "Follower," using the primary categories of a poetry survival kit that his English teacher provided (e.g., themes, imagery, rhythm and rhyme, etc.). There had been substantial class discussion of "Follower" and the student had good notes on it and understands the poem very well. We concentrated our efforts on explicating "Digging" and doing a bit of online research about peat-harvesting to clarify some references in the poem that he didn't know about. After the explication, I asked him how he wanted to organize his compare and contrast response, beginning with the question of whether he saw the two poems as more alike than different and why. Both poems are about Heaney's relationship with his father and grandfather, and they both involve a reversal of perspective at the end as the son becomes a man and a writer. Initially the student seemed to think that the son's choice of vocation was essentially a contrast with the agricultural work of the parental figures because of the tools involved, but as we talked about the specific imagery of the poems, I think his view of the son's identification with the father's and grandfather's work grew more nuanced and he grasped the metaphor Heaney was developing. As usual, he made notes throughout the session, and after the discussion of the texts and his plan for the essay, he said, "I feel like I can do this." We called his Dad into the room and talked about what we'd done. We plan to meet again next Tuesday in order to go over his essays from before the holidays."
"I worked with the student on his English oral presentation and had a fantastic time. Once he focuses, he works very hard and does great work."
"Before this session, I received the student's progress report. I noted that she had made some major improvements in science but was struggling in history and language arts. I also noticed that she had eight missing assignments which she had not turned in but had the opportunity to make up. We went over her missing assignments and her expectations and goals for the rest of her semester. We focused on making up some of those zeroes and missing assignments so that she could have a better chance at improving her grades. We first went over language arts. We covered vocabulary that she was struggling on, so I had her properly use a dictionary to learn the vocab words and create sentences after understanding the definitions. Under my guidance she completed one of her missing language arts assignments. We then went over a missing science assignment. We went back over her notes on moon phases, eclipses and tides and she went back over flash cards that we had completed previously. We also went over her current homework project for science. I helped her brainstorm for her planet portfolio and I had her take the portfolio home with specific questions that I expected her to have answered for our next session."