Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we focused on figurative language, specifically, similes and metaphors. First, I had her write what she knows about each. She defined both correctly but was only able to give an example of a simile. We reviewed the differences then made the simile she created into a metaphor. To review, we read a couple of Shel Silverstein poems and she identified the similes or metaphors as well as what was being compared in the phrases. Next, we played a Jeopardy game that required her to identify examples as similes or metaphors, tell what was being compared, and explain the literal meaning of the phrase. Finally, she created a 5 question quiz with a key to display her understanding of the concepts. All of her questions and answers were 100% correct!"
"Today the student and I worked on studying for his upcoming vocabulary quiz/test. Since he had already created flash cards for the vocabulary terms, we used those to help him study. I first went through each of the cards, seeing which ones he knew and which ones he didn't. I also worked with him on synonyms and antonyms, as that will be a part of the quiz/test as well. After going through the cards and ensuring he knew the meaning and the related words for each one, we also worked on forming sentences using the synonyms and antonyms. He already knew most of the words before we began, and for those he didn't, I tried to give him a mental image to help remind him. For example, he had trouble with confusing the meanings of "cunningly" and "prudence," and so I tried to help him associate the word "cunningly" with the image of a raccoon with its bandit mask markings and sneaky behavior. I suggest that he might want to focus on those as he continues to study. He does understand how to use each of the words properly in a sentence, though, which is perhaps more crucial to him doing well on this quiz/test. Tonight and tomorrow, I suggested that he continue to review his flashcards, especially focusing on forming sentences for each set of words. I also suggested that he might want to try writing a story using all of the words, as having some overall context to the words might help him in remembering them."
"I gave the student the option to start with either vocab, grammar, or reading, and he chose grammar first. I continued coached him through subject/verb agreement exercises in the homework packet. I then gave the option of either reading or vocab, and he chose vocab. I then started coaching him through writing sentences containing the Greek/Latin root-derived words I had given him yesterday. While he had been working on the previous subjects, I had found the page references and specific passages in the novel to define the study guide vocab and answer the plot questions. I read him the relevant passages one by one as well as referenced a dictionary."