Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued revision on the student's paper and completed both paper revisions and neologisms invention."
"First, we worked on the SAT words exercise I created, and then we explored different forms of the words (morphologies) to help the student dig into the new vocabulary. We will double his word power quickly this way. We then had a brief tutorial in parallel structure. I am going to give him more exercises because this is a key writing strength that the professors look for. You must write parallel structure fluidly. Finally, we went over the ANT logical argument frame for speedy argumentation. I showed him how to work it and we constructed an argument really fast. Next, we will practice developing an essay from a quick ANT outline. We also went over 13 words from the SAT list and he will study them for a fill-in the blank exam. I am going to create the vocabulary sheet, and gather up par structure exercises."
"Reviewed and discussed second draft of the student's college admissions essay. She did a good job making corrections from the last draft. Provided feedback on both further changes and portions that were written well. Corrected for grammar and diction. Proposed a few minor changes. Overall, this draft was much better and she did a fine job presenting herself as a well-rounded student and person, mainly by demonstrating positive traits such as leadership; commitment; dedication; and talent, evidenced by her achievements and experience."
"This tutoring session, the student and I completed phonemic awareness activities, specifically counting the different sounds (phonemes) she hears in a word. We also completed an unscrambling activity with her spelling words. She enjoyed most spelling her spelling words on the whiteboard with a dry erase marker. I noted remarkable improvements in her spelling. She was confident enough to spell her words aloud and did fairly well!"
"The focus for this session was reading. The student read various fiction and nonfiction texts with a focus on comprehending the text, as well as decoding the text. With the fiction texts, he was able to independently decode and recall key details from the text. With the nonfiction text, he had difficulties with asking and answering questions using a table of contents, recalling important details, and summarizing sections throughout the book. He also had trouble with making sense out of the various nonfiction text features throughout the book. I will continue to work on these concepts with him during our next session. I left some materials for him to practice until then."
"We did some review at the beginning, and the student has a really good grasp of short and long a, e, and I. We spent most of the session working on long u and the in between u that's used in words like book and foot. She's starting to be able to distinguish between them pretty well. We started working on finding patterns that can be made into rules for which words with -oo use which vowel sounds, and we will continue with that next time."