Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on vocabulary words. We analyzed random passages from five fiction books, looking for tone words and imagery and discussing the effects of those techniques. The student then applied that practice to his reading homework. We alternated between reading aloud together and the student reading silently to himself."
"The student and I discussed 1984, which he has just finished this week. We talked about the final paragraphs of the novel, and what they mean. We also discussed some passages for the student's homework that he was unsure about. For Latin, we reviewed purpose clauses and indirect command. We also went over the gerundive and perfect passive participle. A good and productive session!"
"We worked on effective Cornell notes for the student's reading on the spread of Christianity throughout the Roman empire- how to break down a section into the most effective note points. We also started on the student's research project- an opinion piece on "is organic better." We worked on defining and developing an effective claim, and made a plan as to what evidence to collect on his opinion piece."
"This week the student and I transitioned from the Bradbury piece, and sought to tackle the high order thinking questions we used to guide our work with that short story, albeit in a different context. We went over Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut and tried to answer the question "How does the author use 'x' literary term to develop and Idea in the text?" We focused on satire and how specific instances of it in the text were meant to answer the question. He spent the session looking for those examples, identifying why they were satire, and building a case around them to give a response to the question. Although he did his best to answer it in writing, that endeavor proved too time consuming, and thus we had to settled for a discussion-based answer. He thrived in that format."
"We went over subject/verb agreement, the a/an distinction, and direct and indirect objects. We also formulated a new plan moving forward, both in terms of scheduling and types of work to be done outside of our sessions."
"After two productive lessons with this student, who is a willing learning and a polite young man, I've realized that we are going to have to slowly fill his learning gaps because of his missed time in American schools. My plan is to scaffold by reading informative passages with increasing difficulty and several new vocabulary words introduced every lesson. His fluency is very good with words he knows, and when he comes to a word he doesn't know , I pronounce it, explain it, and use it in several contexts. We will eventually work on sentence structure and writing . Today , we did a mini lesson on figurative language and did an activity with idioms. Finally, we read two informational stories and concentrated on the new vocabulary with me explaining the actual events to him and using the vocabulary in sentences and finding synonyms. We finished with some comprehension activities and vocabulary in context."