Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Very good, lively session. I believe that the student is ready for his writing skills assessment. We worked on two prompts and came up with organized arguments for both. The student was agile. He has a careful strategy for constructing his argument and using his time. Next we worked on subject-verb agreement and he got all but one sentence right. Next we moved on to new vocabulary. I gave him 10 new words and he zealously attacked them with fervor. I wrote a quick exercise for him and he got a 100%. I think the student is going to perform well tomorrow on the assessment."
"During this session, the student and I reviewed her essays for her college transfer application. First, I read over what she had already written. I then asked her what she was intending to convey in the essay. We then reviewed each essay together to ensure that what she had intended to convey is what she actually communicated in the essay. This resulted in some restructuring of her existing essays. When she encountered difficulty knowing how to express herself, I would have her tell me verbally what she wanted to say, and I would record it. As it played back, she could write down her own words. This was a helpful tool for her, because she communicates more readily verbally, so changing the mode of communication aided her in overcoming her writers block. We also went through each essay to remove extraneous words and to smooth the flow of the sentences. She was pleased with her essays by the end of the session."
"This session, the student finished his major essays for college admission, completing the "what matters to you" and "intellectual experience" 250 word essays. Both essays complemented the overall application quite well, with one indicating an interest in collaboration and the other showing a caring for nature and honesty. We edited initially for content, working off central themes and relating essays back to the prompt. Then, we edited to reach word count. Congrats on completing your apps. It was truly a pleasure to read your well-written, resonant essays and to work with you."
"We read chapter 1 of the book "The Outsiders." We took turns reading and discussed the content every few pages to test the student's comprehension. We reviewed meanings of words that she did not understand. I left her with questions on chapter 1 for homework. She liked the book and is excited to continue reading it."
"Today, the student showed me a sample of a writing passage that she received back from her teacher at school. I walked her through the questions and showed her where she could have made changes. I explained that she needed to use examples from the text in her writing. I re-corrected her answer and went through it with her. We will practice a writing question during our next session so that I know she understands what is expected in written responses. After we reviewed this, we continued working on Part A and Part B questions. She did a good job of walking through the answers and interacting with the text."
"Today, we went over the prefixes pre-, re-, mis-, non-, un-, and dis-; practiced using analogies to decipher words; and read about adaptations with the blobfish. During the analogy questions, he remembered a vocabulary word we had gone over last week but struggled a bit when we hit root words. I expected this and will cover it tomorrow. He appeared to enjoy reading about the blobfish, as it is a rather interesting creature. For extra practice, he will complete a worksheet on prefixes, a story on digging and clean water, and the definitions for a few science vocabulary words."