Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student shared his essay on Wendelin Van Draanen's story Flipped, and we discussed it. He has good grammatical skills and we discussed adding detail and substance to the body of his work."
"This session, we worked on the student's book report on Common Sense, which he read over the weekend. I looked over the criteria for the report with him, and we went through each of the questions he is to answer. He talked through his thoughts and wrote down some brainstorming notes. Then, we started searching through the text for quotes to back up his arguments. I talked through some of the quotes with him -- after all, Paine's writing is pretty far from 21st century English. I also had some debate with him on whether Common Sense was biased or objective, which I plan to pick up again with next week, after he's had more time to review the text with that in mind."
"We mostly examined the outlook for the school year and examined possible topics for the Extended Essay, which the student will be working on for the next 6 months or so. He will be doing some close reading of his current assigned work from English class in preparation for next session."
"The student and I talked about the first half of her summary portfolio assignment, tightening language, and clarifying meanings. Then we set up an outline for the second half of the assignment so she could finish the draft for her peer review session on Friday. We also went over some terms and definitions from her bioethics book. On Sunday, we will finalize her summary assignment using the results of her peer review session. This will likely take up our whole session, but if not, we'll continue to catch up on the bioethics readings and ready her for the first exam."
"The student did a good job today. We went over a writing exercise that had him decipher between "your" and "you're". We then went over some science words out of his vocabulary book. He seems to be progressing in his journal writing, and editing the verbs in order to have them agree with the appropriate tense."
"Today the student and I talked about the difference between formal and informal English. We did a worksheet where she was able to identify aspects of formal and informal English in writing. After this, we wrote a mock email to a fictitious business contact using formal English."
"The student and I reviewed the history of the Apollo Theater for presentation of hers. We also read and listened to Edgar Allen Poe, Maya Angelou, and William Shakespeare in order to allow the student to choose which poem she would like to use for her assigned literary response."
"The student is making good progress with clarity of speech. We have finished the sound shifts and are practicing reading and writing recognition of sounds."
"Today we had a final last-minute session for his poetry exam. He was on the ball with the poet and line recall."
"The student and I continued to work on his new vocabulary list. The first activity was to answer questions that related the vocabulary to his own life. For each of these examples, he had to explain his reasoning to illustrate whether he thoroughly knew the definition of each word. The second activity asked him to list samples for different vocabulary words. For the last third of the session, we reviewed the proper format for a descriptive paragraph. He successfully identified the need for a topic sentence, approximately 3 detail sentences, and a concluding sentence. Using an illustration, I asked him to create a topic sentence, and then add 3 detail sentences. He was able to do this easily. An ongoing goal is for the student to be able to independently edit and incorporate these skills in his editing."
"We spent the first part of the session on Lesson 11, English. The student had completed the vocabulary section, so we began with grammar. I further explained past, present, and future perfect tenses using a timeline. Then she completed converting the given sentences into another tense. Then we discussed comparison and contrast essays and the two ways of writing them We read aloud the essay, "Race to the End of the Earth," annotating as we went. She completed and submitted the lesson. Onto SS: we began A (Ancient Israelites Web Quiz). I introduced Cornell note-taking to her and she used it for the first 4 or 5 audios. We used the left column to ask questions, and she summarized each page at the bottom. We will work on this lesson together. For homework: English, Lesson 12 SS: AC1 (Ancient Rivers)."
"This session we discussed books 12-16 of the Iliad. We also discussed a project the student has assigned that he plans to complete using a computer program to make a model of a Roman building."