Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was likely the final day I will be meeting with the student, so we went over his final writing assessment, and I helped him understand the final vocab test and final test for the online programming. Overall, it was a very good day, and I think a positive way to end the semester."
"This session focused entirely on an upcoming essay for the student. This essay is a continuation of the first draft of his Edith Stein essay. The student previously completed a rough draft and had it returned by his teacher to make corrections. The student and I worked on clarification of grammar, punctuation, themes, and organization. I offered suggestions for improving on his first draft. The student had approximately 20 items that needed to be reviewed and corrected. Though the assignment is not due until Oct. 21st, the student turned it in early. At this time, there are no significant concerns from the parent or the student. The next session is scheduled for Oct. 22nd."
"At today's session, the student and I continued to read the book. We focused on chapter 9. We listened to an audio recording of it and followed along in the book. I stopped the student periodically and asked him to summarize what he was reading. He did pretty well with this. Then, we read a summary of the chapter. Finally, I had him complete a 10-question quiz on the chapter, and he scored an 85. He and I continued to read his leisure book. We read through one chapter, and I would stop him every so often and ask him to summarize what he had just read. He did very well with this and overall I think he gets the main gist of what he is reading based on our sessions so far. No concerns from today's session."
"The student and I read the first act of "Romeo and Juliet" as he was taking a test on it the next day. I did not see any scores but did ask him since this was our first meeting to communicate to me his struggles so we can work on them the next time. We also defined vocabulary words and created sentences using the new words. I think that the student is well prepared for the test."
"Today, the student and I focused on the project she has for her English and civics classes. She is working in a group to create a new country. For her part of the project, she had to write about the government structure and the culture and holidays. She had completed the government writing before I arrived, so we worked on editing and refining the paragraph. For the culture and holidays essay, she had completed the intro and two body paragraphs before our session. She finished the essay and then we edited it to make it clearer and more precise. We also discussed what she is working on in math (scatter plots) and how to find a trend line. She feels very comfortable with this material and reports that she is doing well in her math course."
"Today, the student and I worked on an essay he has assigned for his AP English Lit and Comp class about Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. He had to pick out a scene in the book and discuss the rhetorical devices or symbolism used. He chose the Battle Royal scene and we worked through it piece by piece and discussed what was happening, the historical context it was referencing, and the symbols used (such as the blindfold, the coins, and the speech). We then went over a rough thesis and some organization plans for his essay. We agreed that when we met next week that he would at least have the thesis and topic sentences written."