Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I worked with the student on her research paper. We also looked at her final essay assignment and I helped her develop a thesis."
"We are still focusing on her English class. This week, she had a homework packet from class to work through. It was intended to help her complete an assignment based on the unit they are covering in her English class at school: poetry. The assignment is due Wednesday, and it is to write a narrative poem about one moment or experience of your life. She had already completed a questionnaire worksheet that helped her to think of memorable years and moments of her life thus far, and all she needed to do was pick a moment to write about. We wrote down three very specific and tangible moments and memories, and she chose one of them. Using this memory, she worked through her packet, which involved writing sensory/imagery details in a clustering exercise, mapping the plot line of her memory, as well as describing herself in general at that point in her life. She did well on all of these aspects and seemed to be enjoying the activity. She made it all the way through the packet and began the actual poem at the end. At this point, she was having a hard time thinking of what to write for the poem. She had all of the ideas in her head but couldn't seem to get them out on paper. I had her do a 5 minute freewrite exercise to help with this: I set a timer for 5 minutes and explained that her job was to just write whatever was in her head without stopping. The goal was to get her thoughts on paper in a very rough draft form so she could temporarily set aside worries of trying to make it perfect and just get thoughts on the paper as a first draft. She was able to get almost 3 stanzas on paper (the poem must be 4 at a minimum). She at least had thoughts out and could go back and begin to order, tweak, and revise them. We did not get to the part of the assignment where she had to put in 4 literary devices: allusion, personification, metaphor, and simile. We did briefly discuss options of places and methods for her to do this in her poem, though. I felt she had a good start, and her poem already proved to be interesting. Hopefully she is able to work on it in small increments from here until Wednesday, as I advised her to do at the end of our session."
"We began today's tutoring session with a journal entry. After he wrote his journal entry we moved on to vocabulary development. To check for information retention, I gave him a Chapter #5 Review Quiz. Out of the 10 vocabulary words, he correctly defined 8 of them (80%). After completing the Chapter #5 Review Quiz, we moved on to review the 10 new vocabulary words in Chapter #6. After we finished reviewing the new vocabulary words and their definitions, I gave him a twenty-question quiz on Chapter #6 (to check for understanding). Out of the twenty questions, he correctly answered 17 of them (85%). After he finished taking his Chapter #6 Quiz, we moved on to grammar. Specifically, he completed a "Using Commas" Worksheet. On this specific worksheet, he correctly answered 9 out of the 18 questions (50%). To conclude today's tutoring session, I had him write a paragraph about his home. Before he actually wrote the paragraph, I had him write a list of 6 adjectives that describe his living space. As with his previous writing assignments, he used the 6 adjectives in his paragraph. After he was finished writing, he read his written passage to me aloud. His descriptive sentences are very vivid, and his use of varied adjectives is excellent. He is a bright student who is motivated to learn and improve. He is always attentive and focused on the task at hand."