Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Another great session! The student had finished reading over Christopher Marlowe's play, "The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus," so we began to draft an essay about it. As practice for college, this time the essay must be at least five pages, with double-spaced lines, and in MLA format. After we discussed the basics of MLA format, we began drafting the introductory paragraph and the first body paragraph. He will be writing about how Dr. Faustus manifests all seven deadly sins within the play, and how Marlowe sets Faustus as an example of what happens to men when they succumb to sin. I can't wait to see what he has written at our next session!"
"The student and I took another vocabulary quiz from his online resources. We then studied how certain words may have similar meanings but may tend to be used in strikingly different contexts. The student is having fun and building confidence as he gets a knack for the slippery connotations of certain English words."
"Today the student and I went over some reading comprehension questions about "Kite Runner" chapter 22. We talked through the order of events that took place when Amir met the Taliban official who had his nephew. By talking through these events, the student was able to clarify what took place, the relationships between the people involved (Amir, Assef, Sohrab, and the guards), and clarify how the scene was resolved. After talking about the chapter, we reviewed vocabulary that we began discussing last week. We went over the following words: empathy, animosity, surly, rueful, deliberate, ruminate, contemptuous, furtive, morosely, benevolence, and profoundly. His homework for this weekend is to memorize what these words mean and work on using them in sentences."