Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the piece we read and discussed last week. The student did a great job of recalling the details and understanding allegory. We read a second allegory, with a much larger stretch in metaphor. The student did quite well at following and contributing his own ideas. After these reading warm-ups, we practiced some reading tests. We worked on skimming the questions first to help guide the reading of the excerpt. Continued reading, 15-20 minutes a day, will be the biggest help to his testing. On the questions he missed, it seemed as though he didn't fully read the answers, as they were all quite long. He had previously mentioned that the time limit was his biggest obstacle in taking standardized and ACT/SAT tests. I have given him a short book to read during vacation and an app to practice testing. The reading will help with his speed."
"We continued with reading practice, similar to last week's activity. We each chose random books from the library's shelves and I would highlight certain passages for the student to read, looking for specific elements. This week, he analyzed what created emotional impact in a poem, including spacing, line breaks, diction and syntax. He showed a sensitivity to poetry! In fact, at the end of our session, he indicated that poem as his favorite piece of writing from the tutoring session. He also read two different passages from works of fiction, analyzing character development, allegory, and tone. From a nonfiction selection, he analyzed the thesis as well as the intention, and biases, of the author. A great session that flew by!"
"The student is required to read Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, so I started the session by going over some background literary words to see where he was with Shakespeare like allegory, soliloquy, etc. Then I had him take notes on the reading and tell me what he read. We also read Act 1 of Julius Caesar."