Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our final session preparing and studying for the upcoming English exam. The student wrote a practice essay on the sample Odyssey prompt. We discussed the additions that he could make to his paragraphs, and I stressed that he should include topic sentences and transitions when he writes the essay in the exam. We had previously discussed the fact that he would need to provide adequate context for the evidence that he presents to prove his thesis, and he did so very well during the practice essay. We finished with more grammar practice. We made sure that we had reviewed and he had done practice exercises on every grammar topic that his teacher said would be on the exam. At the end of the session, he felt confident that we had reviewed and prepared for each part of the exam."
"Today the student and I went over her government homework, and she began writing it. We started by examining her opinions on social issues and then researched information to support her views on equal rights for women in the United States. We examined different examples of civil programs that have already been put in place. Overall, it went really well."
"The student had to research five universities for information that prospective freshmen would need to know before choosing to apply to the university. Together we researched universities, and I explained to him the different categories he had to research. We had a very informative discussion about college in general."
"Session Focus: Language Skills and Reading Comprehension. Language skills were practiced via a paragraph editing task through which the student was to identify errors in capitalization, punctuation, grammar usage, and spelling. Our tutorial reading, The Hatchet, was resumed in this session. Vocabulary for chapter 1 of the reading was reviewed through discussion and creating flashcards. As a tutorial homework task, the student will complete 4 of 9 vocabulary flashcards and a vocabulary sentence completion worksheet and review chapter 1 by completing study questions."
"The student worked on outlining a five-paragraph argumentative essay and then wrote it. I had him do this to evaluate his reasoning and writing skills in regards to English composition. He is adept at reasoning and thinks of good points. I think completing the composition process in its entirety would also be useful. I am confident that with more practice, he can be a very adept writer, as he already has structurally sound reasoning abilities."
"The student and I spent a little time getting to know each other and what she is studying in school right now. Though her teacher reads with the class a lot, it sounds like there is not much homework given around reading (except for vocabulary). We spent the first session taking turns reading together and stopping to chunk words and sound them out when we needed to. I suggested that she spend time on her own reading at least 45 minutes a day a book on her level (and we defined what "on her level" means)."