Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I went over his homework, which was to write a press release about his band. We went over how audience alters the content of writing, and the importance of writing with an audience in mind. We then looked at sample reviews of music on the web and analyzed the typical structure of short length reviews, taking note of the vocabulary specific to writing about music. He then took a review from this website and, using its existing structure, replaced details in the review with details about his own band. The point of this was to engage directly with the structure of a music review. Lastly, we went over strategies for improving his spelling. He has shown that he can write a standard short college essay, our work now is to introduce and practice other forms of writing that he might encounter in his studies or need outside of school. He struggles with spelling, so another goal will be to identify and concentrate on strategies that work for him in improving his spelling. His week's work is to write a review of another band's work, using what we learned in this session. He'll also be reading and responding to another article."
"Today was our first meeting. I conducted a needs analysis and understand where the student's skill set lies. He has a good understanding of coherent, organized writing, and he demonstrated a great deal of creativity. He enjoys writing, and we have established he can craft longer, more orchestrated pieces of writing through a foundational writing process. We reviewed parts of speech, and he was able to analyze the parts of speech in his sentences. We went over brainstorming, outlining, and forming a tight thesis statement. For homework, he is going to write a one-page essay on Viking ships. He is going to finish the outline and then put it in essay format. We discussed the Chinese language as well at the end of our session."
"Today I introduced the definition of idioms to the student. I explained to him that questions regarding idioms are on the SAT and learning about them can help him increase his score. After looking at a few examples, I asked him to list some examples of idioms. Next we looked at a video that explained the way idioms are tested on the SAT. After I felt that he had a good understanding of idioms, I gave him some practice problems to complete. He did well on this task. Afterwards, we looked at the corrections he made to his essay. I explained to him that I was pleased with the evolution of his essay. Next, we looked at some more practice problems that tested his knowledge about adverbs and adjectives usage. We reviewed these concepts last session, so I wanted to make sure that he retained the information. He did well on the practice problems and got ~80% correct. We looked at other practice problems that encompassed a lot of topic areas found on the SAT. He did well on this task too. Lastly, I gave him another writing prompt to write a 5 paragraph essay. I explained that he would be writing a narrative essay since he has already written a persuasive and informative essay. I gave him three prompts, and he had to pick the one he felt he could write about the best. I gave him some time to brainstorm and pre write. I told him to write his first draft for our next session."