Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We read two short stories and took extensive notes for his upcoming test. We then studied for economics."
"This was a very productive session! We went over the preposition worksheet I left last time, which the students found very easy. Then we went through a Then vs Than worksheet and discussed Adverbs and Conjunctions. Then we reviewed the section in the Writer's Handbook that we read last week, the first part on verbs, p. 607-616. We discussed past vs. past participle (swam vs. had swum), verb phrases, and modal verbs. We went through a worksheet on could/would/should and I left them with practice for "could have, would have, should have." Then we reviewed and exercise in the book designed to make the reader find the mistakes in a given sentence, and went through patient notes that one of the students brought to look over. Next time, I plan to bring some activities focused on may vs. might, adverbs, and there/their/they're. We will be reading p. 616-627 on verb tense and p. 512-515 on adverbs in the Writer's Handbook, and I will be bringing some activities regarding verb tense as well. In the future (depending on time) I will also bring some sentences to practice diagramming, and some quizzes similar to the exercise in the book, focusing on editing to correct a variety of different types of errors (rather than just what we are working on that week.)"
"The student began today's tutoring lesson by taking a Chapter #4, Vocabulary Review Quiz. Out of the 10 vocabulary words, she correctly defined 6 of them (60%). I give my students a review quiz to see how much information they retain from the prior tutoring session. After the Chapter #4, Vocabulary Review Quiz, we moved on to review / go over the 10 new vocabulary words in Chapter #5. After we studied the 10 new vocabulary words, I gave her a twenty-question quiz (to check for understanding). Out of the 20 questions on the Chapter #5 Quiz, she got all 20 correct (100% -- Bravo!). After we finished vocabulary development, she and I moved on to review the 10 new idioms in Section #5: "Clothes Make the Man (and Woman)." She was familiar with many of the idioms in this section. After our review of the new idioms, she completed the parts of speech worksheets. We reviewed the following terms: noun, adjective, verb, pronoun, proper noun, possessive noun, tense (past, present, and future), conjunction, and colon (punctuation). She is nearing mastery level of this material (parts of speech). After she completed the parts of speech worksheets, I had her finish two grammar worksheets. On the "More Irregular Verbs" Worksheet, she correctly answered 24 out of the 25 questions (96%). We finished today's tutoring session with a brief writing assignment. After she was done writing, I had her read her paragraph aloud to me. She is very good at turning a phrase. Her written descriptions are very vivid, with good use of many different adjectives. She is a very bright student. She is always very attentive and focused on the task at hand. Thus our tutoring sessions are very productive."