Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started the lesson with a reading comprehension practice; the student was able to read the passage quickly, though he took a very long time writing down the actual answers and confirming with me that he was following the instructions correctly. We worked primarily on spelling afterwards. He was able to remember most of his spelling words from last time so I gave him a few more to study and we wrapped up the session by reviewing grammar."
"We reviewed structure for essays and the student retooled his final paper as a compare/contrast. He worked in finding different evidence to support his claims and restructured the paper so that it flowed well together. He finished the first of two contentions and should finish the second by tomorrow."
"We continued our discussion of "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," especially the particular phrasing the author used, and the student gave me his summary of the story to correct and return to him next time. Then we worked on many of the vocabulary words from his list that are similar and often confusing (farther/further, effect/affect, lie/lay, etc.). I gave him a short story by Edgar Allen Poe to read, "The Purloined Letter," and we talked about the setting in mid-19th century Paris. He says he has been writing every day as suggested in our previous lesson. We continued talking about the types of writing he needs to learn and their various purposes: narrative, expository, persuasive, and creative."
"The student and I reviewed everything we've covered so far. She can use large words with a fair degree of confidence; it's the conjunctions and prepositions that throw her off. I'm going to focus on those things along with verb conjugations from now on."
"For this session, we continued to work on the study guide for Of Mice and Men. There are six questions, one for each chapter. The student completed the reading and questions for three and four. She typed and checked for MLA. We also discussed her progress with Spanish. For homework, I asked her to complete the next two questions in a draft (reading as well)."
"We spent the entire session preparing for her essay exam, which is tomorrow. We discussed the book and strategies for how to write the essay. We also brainstormed key arguments she will use to make her overall argument in the essay. Additionally, we discussed key weaknesses in the opposing argument. Finally, we began drafting the introduction and conclusion. She needs to finish reading, annotating and tabbing the book, and finalize the introduction and conclusion."