Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I discussed her book report. We spent time discussing specific scenes in which the main character's personality comes out or is highlighted."
"For our first session, the student and I went over his English background (what he had learned in classes and what he was expected to know), and then we delved into grammar and parts of speech. We went over the eight parts of speech: we defined them, used them in examples, and discussed their importance. We also went over the different types of pronouns (subjective, objective, reflexive, etc.) and the different types of conjunctions (subordinating, coordinating, etc.). We then went over the parts of a sentence (subject, verb, direct object, indirect object, etc.) and practiced identifying these within example sentences. We then spent a few minutes brainstorming a creative story. He is great to work with."
"The student and I worked on sentence combining, a plot map for a short story, and discussed her writing test and the AP exam. We also discussed the novel Blood Red Horse. She will have her expository essay for me next week and we will write about Uprising."
"I helped him with a reading and writing assignment he had to complete for class. We read through the text together and discussed it, and I helped him write about what he thought were the most important facts from the reading. He also worked on extra reading practice I provided."
"The student and I went over a writing assignment he had for school. We proofread it together. He is doing much better with his writing skills - he is learning how to proofread his work and is really good at organizing his thoughts. The student and I also worked on a writing task in preparation for the test in the spring."
"The student and I first got acquainted with one another; I had him write out three things he would take with him on a desert island as both a writing exercise and to get to know his interests. Then we discussed his English class at school, specifically the book he was reading -- The Outsiders. We discussed essay structure, and practiced coming up with thesis sentences and topic sentences. Then I gave him an essay prompt, and he wrote a 1-page essay using the structure we had discussed. We went over the essay together, fixing grammatical mistakes. Then I assigned him to read 20 pages of Steinbeck's The Pearl, which I gave him a copy of, and to write a 1-page essay on an overarching theme in The Outsiders. The student did not struggle with any of the material."
"Today the student and I worked on his writing assignment. He was assigned a reading, and then supposed to write about his own favorite mistake in life. We covered most of the first draft. The write will be addressed in our next session."
"We went over an essay that he had written in class. He went through what a concrete detail was and how to establish better commentary for his writing. I gave him a list of 6 key tips that could help him be a better writer, such as making a list of good words that he likes and making sure to use nice and juicy verbs. He was a very patient and passionate student, so working with him was truly an honor. I can already see some great improvement!"
"The first student and I focused on long multiplication. Her math skills are actually quite good; she does know her multiplication tables very well. The second student and I focused on his storytelling assignment. As practice, I had him tell me stories about his daily life so that he understood what details are necessary when storytelling: background, introduction of characters, chronological sequence of events, inner monologue, tone inflection, eye contact. I also checked over his English class assignments."
"The student had done the research for her paper examples and so we were putting them into the structure provided by her teacher. The student dictated to me and I typed a version of the assignment on my computer before sending it to her. I talked to her about how she could streamline some of her details to create a stronger argument. She's attentive and works hard. A pleasure to work with."
"The student and I went over some edits to his most recent narrative essay. We spent time looking through a thesaurus and replacing some words to improve sentence structure and vocabulary. He was left with instructions to become familiar with the writing guide."
"We worked on her grammar midterm review. She is doing very well in Language Arts. She has a state history test next Tuesday which we will review for on Thursday after she has had a chance to review. We will also start planning her study schedule for her midterms."