Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked through his homework. The topic was commonly confused words (a lot, a lot; effect, affect). He did not seem to struggle and embraced these confusing words with good humor."
"During this session, I helped the student study for a History test, and we reviewed a homonym worksheet. For his History test, he has to properly identify the majority of the states on a map. I had him print out a handful of blank maps, so he could practice writing in the state names as if he were taking a test. He did an excellent job memorizing the location and name of each state. For the states that were somewhat challenging to remember, we came up with stories and/or nicknames which related to the shape and name of each state. He also did a great job with his homonym worksheet and knew 80% of the homonyms before I started quizzing him on the definition and proper spelling of each homonym. He had to place each homonym in a sentence, and he did so with confidence and ease. I made a list of literary terms (imagery, similes, metaphors, personification) which I asked him to identify and underline in the text of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Our plan is to really dive into the text next session."
"The student and I continued to work on prepping him for the exam. Today we read two different texts, both informational. He seems to do very well with fictional texts so I think our time would be best suited to practice doing multiple choice for informational texts. On our first text, he received a 6/8 and on the second reading a 6/6. The student did better on the second reading because he went back and double checked his work. We have developed a strategy where he immediately gets rid of two incorrect answers before going back to the text and seeing what is the "best" answer, not necessary just the "correct" answer. With the remaining time, we worked on his history homework in which he had to craft a paragraph from a question on Teddy Roosevelt. He has the information in his head and just needs to focus on writing coherent and logically structured paragraphs. We are working on "turning the question around" to help him with sentence starters. Because I am not seeing him for a day, I left him with two texts. His assignment is to answer the three short answer and just plan the essay. We will review his short responses and then write the essay during our next session."