Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student continued analysis of the novel. The session focused on character development and plot lines at it pertained to deeper areas of critical thinking. The first 45 minutes of the session highlighted the first 4 chapters of the novel. The student and I utilized a study guide to address specific questions pertaining to main characters and sub characters. The second 45 minutes of the session highlighted structured responses to questions provided. The student was given 3 questions that he needed to analyze. He then created responses the these questions."
"The student and I studied her essay for today, and it was quite good. We talked about strategies for concluding. We spent a good deal of time on restructuring and rewriting paragraphs and focused on effective topic sentences. The student expressed satisfaction with what she did. She successfully performed on a long spelling challenge and earned a 92. We then began work on quick logical challenges and I sent her home with more, and an assignment to develop an essay from one of them. We are meeting on Friday to see what she has done. She is to write two essays before Friday."
"The student finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird, so we briefly discussed the novel. That was followed up by a close reading of Julius Caesar and a review of the grammar chapters she was assigned to read. The student then completed a two-passage reading comprehension set while I corrected the sentence completion questions she received as homework. She had a difficult time with the reading comprehension, and we reviewed the reading in depth. For homework due Sunday, she is assigned chapters 12-16 of the grammar book and she is to rewrite a paragraph from last week's journal entries. By Tuesday, she should have completed an essay using evidence from TKaM to answer a prompt."
"Today, we worked on an outline for the "Wife of Bath's Tale" from The Canterbury Tales. We discussed author's background and history, as well as his other major works. The student picked out the main characters from the poem, found excellent quotes to describe each character. We discussed the difference between flat/round and dynamic/static characterization. The student understood the concepts well and applied the knowledge to the main characters. The student's strengths include finding key quotes, choosing main characters, and understanding the text. She left with the assignment to finish reading the tale and "The Pardoner's Tale" and to finish the outlines for both."
"Today with the student we worked on her English assignment due on Thursday, which is the first body paragraph of her first formal essay. We decided to also write the second body paragraph and outline more of the others. Her English class is going well, but I went through her Psychology syllabus. We did decide that I will need to meet with her after her last class on Tuesdays so I can help her complete that material."
"Helped the student work on her biology presentation. She wrote a summary and created a PowerPoint presentation containing writing and article content."