Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on verb forms from "English Grammar Workbook", doing all exercise questions and discussing what key words or indicators help determine the appropriate tense. We finished with some reading from Steinbeck's "How Mr. Hogan Robbed a Bank." The student is assigned to finish "Mr. Hogan" and write a short essay and verb exercises."
"The student and I had a great first session working on the material for his English course! The student is struggling with the class because the teacher has laid out very clear requirements without making it evident to students WHY they should follow them. We spent some time at the beginning of our session discussing why the instructor wants the student to write in the way he requires -- and discussing the general form of an essay. We spent substantial time first talking about the daily work of the course -- we looked at a regular response that the student had written to talk about his writing, talking about content/clarity and grammar/precision. We spent so much time on this, not because journal entries need to be perfect, but just as a good sample of his writing that we could "fix." Next, we turned to the student's essay assignment for after break, looking at the "outline" of opening paragraph and topic sentences that he has already written and discussing how to reshape his observations as critical analysis. The student clearly made strides in understanding how to analyze a text vs. restate what the text says. I asked the student to revise his outline and begin writing his essay for our meeting next week -- he seemed to feel more confident and ready while leaving to tackle this essay again! An excellent first meeting."
"The student continued working with his new vocabulary. In his first activity, he was given a vocabulary word and asked to put examples in order regarding how each related to the word. For example, with the word "sparse," the student was asked to order the "Mojave Desert," "Somerville," and "New York City" from most sparse to least sparse. He did very well with this exercise, being able to successfully order almost all of the examples and explain why he chose to do so. He then completed a sentence completion activity with the vocabulary words. The student also performed well here, but he still needs to work on adding specificity. For example, when asked to complete a sentence to describe a good strategy for acing a test, he wrote "Study." I prompted to include "what to study," "how much to study," etc. We continued to work on parts of speech. I reviewed a chart explaining these, as well as the 4 questions that adverbs answer. He was able to remember most of these with prompting. We reviewed some "Schoolhouse Rock" videos, and during them, I had the student note all of the examples of each part of speech that he could."