Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began the session with a review of the student's homework assignment. He had completed the study questions for Lesson 1, and we reviewed his answers. From there, we read the "conversation" for Lesson 2, carefully addressing the new phrases used there to make certain he understood their meaning. Again I assigned the study questions at the end of the chapter as homework for our next meeting. I gave him a copy of USA Today and asked him to read an article from the newspaper to me as he might if he were a newscaster. I told him to circle any words he didn't understand so that we could discuss them. His first reading was very subdued and difficult to hear. I suggested that he try again, this time elongating the vowel sounds to slow him down. He did considerably better on the second try. His assignment was to prepare at home 5 news presentations from the newspaper, practicing in front of a mirror, that we could record at our next meeting to make certain he was clear on every word and every idea. We closed the session by discussing his concerns and defining the words that he didn't understand in the articles. He asked a few grammar questions and I answered them but stressed that grammar was more important in writing than in speaking -- a child learns to speak without knowing the difference between a noun and a verb!"
"We covered different commonly occurring expressions and how to use them in a sentence with prepositions. We also discussed a few errors that the student makes once in a while. Great work!"
"Both students were present for this session. We discussed their essays, and reviewed their specific concerns. Mostly, these were about verb / noun agreement and prepositions. We discussed active v. passive verbs and sentence structures, use of who / whom, in /on, and why not to use "that." We also reviewed hierarchy for MLA and punctuation. We began to discuss adverbs as well."