Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We practiced conjunctions, gerunds, infinitives, and past/ present tense using her homework assignments. She recently received a 38/50 on a English test. She is struggling with writing sentences and the use of past and present tense. I did not leave her with any extra practice - I just told her she needs to read as much English as possible to get used to the use of tenses. Now that I know where she is struggling, future sessions will be more problem focused."
"I have shifted more focus on language arts, along with math with both students. I am focusing on vocabulary right now, focusing on definitions, pronunciations, stresses, etc. In the meantime, I am giving drills and refocusing on past mathematical topics to see if they still remember the material; I do this every session anyway. I will be giving a 'checkpoint' test prior to Christmas break."
"The student's assignment for English class was to write a poem, specifically a Shakespearean sonnet. He had written a draft which I reviewed. The poem had several issues: it did not conform to sonnet parameters; the ideas in each stanza did not relate to one another; and there was no overall theme uniting the poem. We worked on the poem line by line and he drafted three stanzas. I left him with instructions about completing the sonnet by drafting the final two lines (couplet), and I encouraged him to review the poem to ensure it felt "right" and to make any changes he felt were necessary."