Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During out session, the student and I looked over his "1984" research paper and reviewed the bibliography. We also developed a method for him to use the paper to make the note cards he had been assigned to turn in. After that we reviewed the "Frankenstein" assignments. He had to write a personal narrative in which he compared an experience in his own life to a part of the book. He decided he would write about his experience with football his freshman year, and then explained how it was related to the book. Next we moved on to the personal statement and the student decided he was going to write his personal statement according to the guidelines of his chosen college. Once this was done, he and I created a schedule he could use over the next two days to ensure that by our next session he had his pre-writing and rough draft assignments done so that we could spend the next session revising the essays and creating the final draft. Once this was done, we worked on an intensive revision of one essay, and turned another in online."
"Today with the student, we worked on more of the free response questions, reviewing the practice sets that she did as homework. We also did two additional sections together, practicing annotating the passages and using process of elimination to narrow down the answers. She seems to be having the most trouble with the questions using literary devices and grammatical terms, so I recommended making flashcards with the list of terms that the test prep book provides. She is going to write a sample analysis essay and do another 2 practice sets of multiple choice for homework."
"The student had emailed me a draft of an argumentative essay. We discussed the strong and weak points at length. He has a natural ability to write good introductions and closings. We need to work on the body paragraphs. I explained to him that if he has two examples from his life experience, two examples from literature, and two examples from history stored in his memory bank, he can use these as illustrations for just about any argumentative prompt. We talked about 15 prompts that I made up and discussed which examples might work for each one. I assigned two things for our next session. First, I asked him to defend or refute this proposition: Either the school day or the school year needs to be lengthened in US schools. Secondly, I gave him about twenty pages of practice on multiple choice questions. As always, the student was attentive, motivated, and involved. He really is a fine student."
"The student and I worked on her English reading and comprehension and answered questions relating to her text. She has improved her ability to explain what she reads, orally and in written form; inclusively her penmanship is also showing improvement. She has progressed noticeably."
"During this session, the student and I worked on worksheets that I had left as homework. We reviewed short and long vowel sounds using cut and paste activities asking her to classify words by vowel sounds (e.g. placing words with short a sounds next to the word crab). She did incredibly well with the work and demonstrated a great understanding of the different vowel sounds. Throughout our time, I introduced the idea of diphthongs and began helping her understand the difference in spelling and writing words compared to how they sound. We rounded out our session with work on her solar system book, helping her read and make conclusions about information regarding the planets as she colored through her worksheets."
"The student and I caught up on a lot of stuff that I had wanted to cover from last week. We went over contractions and I realized he needed a little brushing up on those skills, so we practiced more today. He is so good at math. He's very good at it and I want to start teaching him advanced multiplication so he is even more prepared for third grade. He's doing really well, and I'm just encouraging him not to get frustrated when he doesn't know the answer to something and that it's okay if you don't know the answer. Good job!"