Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student worked on his supplements for his university today. We went on the university's website to research facets of the university that uniquely address his diverse interests. We landed on the Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts, and Sciences, and he wrote about the appeal of the university's flexibility and capacity to allow him to study his interests both in isolation and in tandem. He used the example of graphic design and physics to demonstrate how he would take advantage of their resources. We also brainstormed on how he might take advantage of the independent study program and have a 200-word draft of the statement. He will edit and potentially continue to expand on this statement before its due date. We then began to brainstorm on the second set of topics to determine which one he will write about. He narrowed it down to the "5 characteristics of a successful person" question and the "if your name were an acronym" question. Before next session, he will decide which question he'd like to answer and brainstorm on the topic."
"Last night, the student and I worked on her remaining essay questions for the university, finishing all of the short-answer ones and brainstorming ideas on what she could write about for the other one that's 300 words maximum. We also discussed some of her fears about one of the questions, which asked her to detail how she could enrich the campus. She was worried that because she is only one person, there would be no way for her to create any real change or difference, and she feared that this meant she probably wouldn't get in. We discussed the fact that she is applying to many schools and that she can only attend one, and that rejection is often opportunity in disguise. In the last session on Wednesday, I'd like to get as much work done as possible on the essays left for this university. I asked her to work on those before we meet again, and I'm hoping we can do some editing and revising."
"Religion class out of character response to previous in character (Thomas Paine) and responses to two students. Help student formulate response, corrected work completed for posting."
"We reviewed her math homework (10 problems) and she did them very well. She seemed very confident when completing those problems. We then did a game to work on suffixes and prefixes and the meanings of those. This will help her when she comes to a word and she is not sure how to say it or what it means. Knowing the meanings of the suffixes and prefixes will help her confidently break down the word in order to find the meaning of the whole word. We completed the session by working on expanding her vocabulary. I gave her a few words, she would tell me the word, write a sentence using the word, and then we would discuss if she used the word correctly. I moved her to a 6th grade word list today and she did well. We will keep working through it."
"The student and I covered his progress with the two projects that I have been helping him to improve. We finalized the talking points for the political cartoon project, and his presentation in front of the class, then discussed additional rhetorical devices for a second project. He seems to now understand various rhetorical devices better, and is able to apply his knowledge to disparate articles and political cartoons."
"This week we covered problem and solution and digraph sounds (ph, wh, sh, th). The student did an excellent job reading his book this week, decoding words, and identifying the problem and solution. He still struggles with some words but is getting better at sounding them out without any help. He was very engaged in a spider web game we played with digraph sounds. I will find similar games for our next sessions to keep him engaged. He still struggles with mixing up vowel sounds or identifying the vowel sounds. We will review these sounds in the future. I notice that his confidence with reading is improving as well. One strategy I introduced to him was skipping a hard word and reading the rest of the sentence. Once he had read the entire sentence, I had him go back to the word and see if he could figure out what made sense based on the sounds that he knew. He should continue to practice this strategy when he can't sound a word our and doesn't know what it is."