Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on submitting the student's Unit 1 math assignments, which had to be scanned in and combined into a PDF, and her Language Arts Unit 1 material. She had to complete 2 Language Arts assignments. The first was a page long essay about who had changed her life in some way (she chose her acupuncturist) and a page of dialogue between her and a famous person (she chose J.K. Rowling). Then she needed to review material for prefixes and suffixes and take a short quiz, and read the Rudyard Kipling story "Riki-Tiki-Tavi" and answer questions about it. We started looking at her science material as well, but it involved reading a lot of notes and the student was feeling confident about the material. She is going to complete as much of it as she can before we meet again on Saturday."
"The student and I talked about Beowulf in preparation for her quiz on Monday, and we analyzed the poem she selected for her essay this quarter. We also worked on fleshing out her thesis for the paper."
"Tonight, the student and I discussed an 11-sentence paragraph that she had to write for her English class. The paragraph was related to Guy de Maupassant's short story "Theodule Sabot's Confession" and how the character's names (Sabot and Maritime) reflect aspects of their personalities. We spent a lot of time discussing the events of the story and Sabot's acts of sabotage (against himself and the church). The student got a lot of the paragraph written while we were together, but had some editing to do before it was ready to turn in. We also discussed her human geography class. She has a quiz on Monday. We discussed the major religious traditions of the world, focusing on those based in India and China and their basic tenets. We also discussed fundamentalism versus extremism and how both exist in almost every religious tradition to some degree. A key point I stressed with the student was that just because it is not something that she personally agrees with doesn't make it "weird" or "strange", just different. I encouraged her to take that approach as she works throughout her course."