Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I brought my copy of Gulliver's Travels and showed the student various passages. I think Jonathan Swift is a good introduction to older/18th century literature -- it's a good sneak peek into high school reading, because the sentences tend to be long and complex, and filled with interesting, advanced vocabulary. I wanted to provide him with an extra challenge today. We diagrammed some extra long sentences -- I showed him how to "translate" complicated sentences into more readable, modern day language. He did pretty well with the challenge. We encountered some words that gave us a good opportunity to talk about double meanings, and how sometimes words change over time. We also got a chance to identify various types of clauses. I asked him to use his current vocabulary words to create his own sentences, with similar clauses. He said that the language was challenging, but I think it was good for him to see the difference between what he's reading now and what he will work up to over time."
"Review homework: essay; draft essay, in class discussion of essay draft - grammar, mechanics and style, assigned essay and reading comprehension. The student wrote a much improved essay."
"Revised and practiced for writing portion of the exam on next day. The student has built up a lot of confidence since starting and looks ready to handle long response problems on his own."