Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Working from a printed copy of the student's research paper, we discussed strategies for the revision process. I showed him some techniques for "chunking" information so that he is ensuring that his argument has a logical flow. This can be challenging in a longer paper like the one he is writing. We discussed using the "sandwich" method to emphasize his most important ideas and de-emphasize ideas that need to be acknowledged but that do not contribute to the argument he is putting forward. He is going to revise for organization and focus and we will meet next week to see how the revision is progressing."
"This session was dedicated to beginning work on Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". The student is an auditory learner, so it was easier for her to comprehend and follow when listening. I read, and the student followed, taking notes and pausing for questions in order to understand the deeper meanings of Miller's play. She was very receptive to learning more about Capitalism, Communism. McCarthyism, how Puritan society was run, and modern civics. The skills we focused on were mapping characters in order to better follow what is happening in a literary work, seeking knowledge in order to better understand the nuances of a literary work set in a specific time and culture, and reading for content more than entertainment. The session ended with the student agreeing to finish Act I of "The Crucible" on her own, using the tools we had discussed, and saving up questions for our next session."
"I worked mostly with Student 1 on a paper she's been assigned for her new class. We worked on structure and coming up with a thesis based on her sources. Students 2 and 3 worked on vocabulary, and I asked them to make flashcards for the vocab we've done so far."
"We went over various reading comprehension exercises that were meant to increase different aspects of reading comprehension (syntax, inference, etc. )."
"Today we worked on an English assignment about a picture where the student was supposed to develop a story based on the picture. Additionally, we took notes on world history. Both myself and the student silently read the world history assignment and then I would ask him questions to make sure he understood the material. He also took notes on the reading.. He was left with the assignment to write the definition of 8 words a day until he has completed all 57 words he has assigned now. On Sunday, along with his other homework, we will go over the vocabulary with the flashcards. He will complete the online vocabulary assignment outside of our time together."
"The student had a good session today. She had a lot of homework to do, so we extended our session a little bit. We started out by reading a passage and answering questions about theme. She did a great job with this. We then discussed her math homework, which she did very easily. We reviewed her science lesson review page 115 from her book. She answered all of the questions well. We then studied her vocab list number three for her upcoming quiz tomorrow. I think she has all of the words down, and she will do well on the quiz. We talked about water cycles since she will get to retake her quiz next week. She said that she did not understand the process, so we went over what happens to water during the cycle. I think she has a much better understanding, but I am emailing some more resources for her to look over this weekend in order to be extra prepared. She has all of her homework done for tomorrow and is well-prepared for her upcoming quizzes."