Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I focused a good deal on identification of impactful quotes and literary devices in Nietzsche's "God is Dead" passage and then formatting those into a palatable essay form. Today's French work focused on the spoken and written word, following a standard "Letter to a Friend" format."
"For today's session, I jumped straight into the warm-up exercise. Today's warm up was about sequencing. Using synonyms and having the student talk/walk me through the steps he takes each morning to get ready for school helped as I explained what it means to put something in sequence or order. The warm up was pretty straightforward in that he knew in advance that he was going to read five sentences depicting a story or event and that he would need to determine which sentence should go first, second, etc. The event in question was making a PB&J sandwich. He had confidence in his ability to tackle this because of his familiarity with PB&J. The directions called for him to cut out the individual sentences and arrange them in the correct order at the bottom of the page, but because there was so little space between sentences, he rewrote the sentences. While this wasn't the original plan (I wanted him to practice using scissors for the sake of his fine motor skills), the product of his labors ended up being a helpful study. We will discuss sound blending and digraphs when we work together in the weeks to come."
"The student was recently given an assignment in his English class to write a memoir. He has to write a memoir about an event in his life that started out really great and then took an unexpected, negative turn. He already had an event picked out and had a large paragraph completed. To start off the session, I read through his current paragraph and had him edit verb tenses. We talked about the pros and cons of each tense and he decided on using present, so he went through and changed all of his verbs. We also made some minor adjustments to grammar and word usage. His paragraph had excellent sensory descriptions. After that, I had him generally outline the story he wanted to tell so that he'd have an idea of the structure. The paragraph he had was really long so I made him use his outline to go back and find logical breaks to make three paragraphs out of one. From there we worked on continuing the story and making minor adjustments along the way. He liked to say his ideas out loud before committing them to paper. Before the session ended, I gave a couple of tips to keep in mind for when he is finishing the memoir. First, continue to use the outline to guide his story. Constantly ask which details are necessary and which can be eliminated, especially if they are difficult for an outsider, like a reader, to understand. Second, the last paragraph he wrote before we wrapped-up was very list-like, focusing only on the actions and losing a lot of the rich descriptions he had used earlier. I told him to add in descriptions to that one and to continue adding in descriptive detail moving forward."