Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For the first 30 minutes of the session, the student completed a reading comprehension assignment I gave him from a sample exam. As he read, he was required to highlight and underline the main idea and details that supported the main idea. For the last 30 minutes, I reviewed his answers, and we discussed how he needs to improve upon his accuracy by slowing down, because he made simple mistakes. Also, for the remainder of our sessions, I have set up a lesson plan. We will focus upon the readings from the test while I am there during his session. Then I will leave a writing prompt for him to complete before our next session, which I will review while he completes his reading."
"The student has a history quiz tomorrow on chapters 2-4 in one of her world history books. Those chapters cover basic aspects of Egyptian history: geography, the first pharaoh, mummies, the Great Pyramid, the Great Sphinx, an introduction to Set and Osiris, and an intro to hieroglyphs, cuneiform, Sumer, and papyrus. She had already begun to study and highlight her book and had had classes on the topics. I asked her to explain the highlighted bits and asked her clarifying questions as we went along. We looked up a couple of things on the internet, like the riddle of the sphinx and examples of other sphinxes in different parts of the world, built at different times. I quizzed her on the mummification process and the reasons for each part of the process. I asked her to tell me the Set and Osiris Nile-flooding story a few times throughout the session. She seemed engaged and remembered more and more as time went by. Her teacher had asked her to find the moral of the Set and Osiris story, so I asked her leading questions about that. We also talked about possible different interpretations of the what is the moral question and possible ways that the story could relate to the lives of ancient Egyptians. We talked about how, usually in mythology, the moral is whatever the story would explain or demonstrate to Egyptians about why nature acts the way it does, how they're "supposed" to act in society, or how they're "supposed" to view the pharaoh or their kings. In this way, I wanted her to be able to contextualize Egyptian myths in a realistic way - they're fun to read about, but they also served a purpose for the people who believed in them. I also told her you can usually find the moral of a myth at the very end of the myth. That's usually the "takeaway." She seemed to really have fun studying in this way, and I think she's ready for her quiz tomorrow."
"The student and I worked on reading and, more so, writing and analyzing strategies while working with "The Most Dangerous Game". We worked on paragraph structure and argument creation while also emphasizing context clue strategies as well."
"The student researched a topic for her thesis. We posed several questions and reviewed several articles and books that she is using as her sources. She is meeting with her professor tomorrow to go over her proposal and she will call me with our next steps."
"At the beginning of our tutoring session, the student worked on some capitalization practice. I checked over his work, and we corrected his mistake on the assignment. Then, I assigned him a personal narrative writing assignment. I explained to him that we will work through each step of the writing process with this assignment, and we will focus heavily on the editing/revising stages to practice capitalization, punctuation, etc. Throughout our session, he worked on the prewriting stage of the assignment. He brainstormed ideas, decided on a topic, and began outlining information for the narrative. Overall, our session went very well, and we will continue our work on the personal narrative during our next session."
"Today we completed Unit 4 discussion and completion questions. She did excellent work researching reading material. The student received her grades for Unit 1: 25/25 discussion and 75/75 completion for 100%. Again, reading comprehension is improving. She is becoming more patient and confident in course material."