Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on her 5 paragraph essay for English class. She finished editing paragraph 3. She also worked on chemistry for her Wednesday test; she is studying chemical reactions."
"During this session, I worked with the student on answering reading comprehension questions. As always, the student fully engaged in our discussion of the play and came to our session with a positive attitude and a desire to learn. She fully understood what her teacher's questions asked, but the student had trouble knowing how to go about answering each question. She is on top of her reading and even read the beginning of Act I multiple times, but she is having trouble comprehending the play. I am not worried about the fact that reading and comprehending Shakespeare's language is not coming naturally to the student. I made this clear to her along with the fact that reading Shakespeare requires in-depth close reading and patience. Simply rereading a scene over and over will not necessarily help the student better understand the play. I encouraged her to read the text in fragments and spend time dissecting the language line by line. I also suggested approaching Shakespeare's play like she might approach poetry. It is difficult, if not impossible, to grasp the delicate and intricate layered meanings of a poem in one read. Her text book is also great at defining Elizabethan words and word usage, so I strongly encouraged the student to always read the notes in the margin. I also told her that after she completes her reading assignments, she should go online and read plot summaries for each act. This way, she can make sure she has a strong grasp on the plot and then give her attention to studying the language, literary devices, and themes present in the play. I led our close reading during this session to provide the student with an example of how to navigate the text. She felt more comfortable with the beginning of Act I after our session, but she did second guess her answers. I am going to work on building the student's confidence next session and remind her that, if she is able to provide textual evidence for her responses, then she should be confident in her work."
"Today was an excellent today. The student has been super focused these last few sessions. Today we spent time on getting lots of work done and planning for massive upcoming projects: 1. English: He finished to "To Kill a Mockingbird." He has event notes due Monday where he has to document in note form any major happenstances in the second half of the book. He has a gargantuan project for English due in steps up until the end of the year. He is to do the following: a. read a Harry Potter book and log his reading sessions. b. make a diorama on any setting from Harry Potter. c. write a full handwritten diary from the perspective of Hagrid. d. write a 3-4 page paper with reputable sources about how JK Rowling's personal life may have influenced the plot and/or characters behind Harry Potter. e. write a reflections paper on how he felt about the book. Science: We reviewed science today. The student is to read and take notes on both Chapter 9 and 28. History: He nailed a 25 question pop quiz last Friday!"