Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finished reading "Flight" by Doris Lessing and continued our discussion of literary terms. He did well, but he was definitely challenged by some of the vocabulary and figurative aspects of the story. He understood more and more as we went. He had trouble pinpointing the themes of the story, and we decided that more time could be spent on the following terms - Allusion, Irony, Metaphor, Symbol, Mood, Tone, and Satire. Although he did well with this story, he expressed interest in reading stories with more action."
"Tonight, we focused on interpreting the language of Shakespeare. We discussed several nuances of the language, and went over some general rules about punctuation, meter, and puns that might help the student read and comprehend Shakespeare more independently. We read aloud the scenes she's read for school already (Act I, Scenes 1-4), stopping frequently to dissect what we'd read. We also discussed some study methods that might come in handy. I recommended that she create a visual matching character names with faces, to help keep everyone straight. I assigned her some extra practice, to be competed alongside anything assigned from school, which I will check every week and use to frame our discussions."
"Reviewed A Tale of Two Cities including plot, characters, themes, motifs v. symbols; went over packet. Also, reviewed World History packet and British colonization of India."
"The student had a school spelling test to prepare for, so we went over the words and he did the associated exercises. He needed help with some of the pronunciations and with parts of the exercises. After several rounds of practice, he did a pretest. In general, that went well, but he'd missed a few words. He insisted on studying those immediately and did another pretest. It took two more practice sessions before he had all the words accurately. He was not discouraged by the effort; he was pleased and ready to move on when he'd mastered them all. Next, he did a parallel passage reading comprehension exercise. He completed it. Inference questions remain a challenge. We will continue to work on these."
"During our session the student and I reviewed her science homework. We covered the difference between consumers and producers, the food chain, and how animals make adaptations. The student did a good job reading the passages aloud and using phonics to sound out words she did not understand. We also reviewed some of her reading/language arts material. The student seemed more comfortable and confident. She is a very nice young lady and her attitude was great. I did not leave any extra practice, but I encouraged her to complete the rest of her homework. Overall, we had a great session and I enjoy working with the student."
"The main idea of this session was to build rapport with the student and find out what his strengths and weaknesses in reading are so I can create a plan for how to proceed. We began by playing a word game, followed by both he and I creating goals and expectations for our work together. We did some reading without any direct instruction, so I could see what he is able to do on his own. Finally, we reviewed a list of sight words to see what he needs to work on in phonics."