Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was the first session that the student and I began to cover English subject matter rather than Math. She is at a new school and doing quite well in her math class, so at this point we are working get her through her English homework from school. This session, we worked primarily with literature content. Her class just finished reading Homer's The Odyssey and will have a test on it next week. She went through her (mostly completed) study guide as well as her character identification list. I tried to make sure that she herself was finding the answers to study questions. We spent most of our time going back and forth: I would ask her a question or a character to quiz her on what she knew about it/ them. If she seemed "rusty," she would go back to the text and find the answers. I also tried to help give her devices that would help her remember answers (especially for characters). For example, for Hermes, I showed her a picture online of how the god usually appears in artwork: with winged helmet and sandals. I did this in hopes that a mental picture would help her to remember by association that Hermes is the messenger of the gods. We also came up with word associations (Antinous is an evil suitor and we can remember this by looking at the first four letters of his name: "ANTI-" meaning against or wrong)."
"Today, the student and I edited an essay he had previously written for his English class. We looked at suggestions made by another student and incorporated some of her ideas. Then we went through the essay sentence-by-sentence, looking for places where word choice could be improved. We then worked on some geometry homework. He learned a few new theorems to solve problems. He did very well with the homework concepts and we did a few minutes of review at the end of all the postulates to prove triangles are congruent. It was a great session!"
"We studied for the student's upcoming English test by reviewing notes, notecards, and rereading two excerpts from his textbook. We then finished up economics homework from his economics textbook."