Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I began the student's lesson by reviewing her spelling and vocabulary words with her. The student continuously shows improvement and I am able to give her more and more difficult words each week. Afterwards, I had her write an outline for a two-paragraph paper. We discussed how to create an effective outline before she wrote the paper and afterwards I showed her how to avoid various grammar and spelling mistakes. Finally, she wrote her paper and I helped her edit it."
"We spent this session practicing the various vocabulary groups that we worked on last time. First, I quizzed the student on some of the terms that we worked on previously in order to gauge what she remembered and what she had difficulty remembering. Although she understood basic spelling and pronunciation concepts, she had trouble understanding combination sounds such as "ai" (i.e. "stairs"), "ou" (i.e. "out"), and "ea" (i.e. "eat"). After reviewing these separately, we spent the remainder of our session by practicing various word groups in spoken and then written conversation."
"Today, I reviewed the student's journal entry and went over the structure of the basic 5-paragraph essay format with her. She did a long reading comprehension practice set, then we went over June Casagrande's Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies. I pointed out key passages with illustrative examples. We then went over Act III of Julius Caesar. We discussed Marc Antony's speech. I left the student with some journal entries and more reading from Julius Caesar and Grammar Snobs."
"This 1.5 hour session covered two specific areas. The first half of the session focused on helping the student complete his upcoming homework assignment in Algebra. The student had 4 problems to complete and they were finished during the session. The remaining portion of the session was spent working on extra credit assignments for the student. He worked on three grammar worksheets. These worksheets are designed to help the student improve his grammar skills."
"Today we covered what a morpheme is, a lot of different vocabulary words, and how a word's definition can change over time. This was all part of her first English lesson/assignment. The student struggles with reading out loud a little bit. She makes a few mistakes, but I think this is natural."
"We covered his "Comparing Apples and Oranges" essay as well as his common application "Divorce" essay. Since we had already covered general points regarding transitions, argument clarity/depth, and flow in our previous session, I was able to point to areas in both pieces that I thought he could develop further. I re-iterated how critical it is to invite the reader into your thought process in personal statements so that you are showing them why you feel a certain way as opposed to just stating the point. This is especially critical for this essay where admissions counselors certainly are using the essays as a window into the curiosity and intellectual passion of prospective students. We also looked over two shorter pieces that asked about the university and "publications of interest." For both prompts, I encouraged him to make the pieces even more personal. This was a section we discussed condensing so that more space could be given to his choosing newer publications to read. For his university specific prompt, we discussed a few ways that his campus visit story and individual points could be made both more personal, and more professional. I also pointed out colloquialisms, repetitive language, and passive voice usage in these pieces for him to re-think. All edits were given to verbally and at the end of the session, I sent him all 4 pieces with my track changes/comments attached. He will be looking these over in order to complete his editing process and will follow up with me in the next week about scheduling another session."