Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"It was a pleasure to meet the student. She is a very dedicated student and I am excited to work with her. This first session, we discussed where she needed help, which was on her AP English exams. We read through a practice test that she had completed and focused on the answers that she got wrong. After talking with her and noting her technique for completing the test, I gathered that the areas she needs to work on are: reading closely and annotating the text in order to have a "silent" conversation with the passage, defining unknown vocabulary words, both in the text and in the answers, and choosing the best answer in multiple choice questions. I asked her to bring any work samples she has from her class to the next session as well as complete another practice test. She should also work on ways to build her vocabulary by reading, looking up and creating note cards for unknown words she comes across in her readings and then practicing using those words in context. Next session I will also show her how to break down the word using the root to try to define the unknown word as well as some strategies for using context clues."
"The student is currently reading Macbeth. They've already read the first act in class, and have a choice of projects to do on it. We briefly went over some of the plot points from the first act, then started on her project. She said that Lady Macbeth was her favorite character, so we concentrated on one of her longer speeches, taking it line by line to understand its meaning and some of the foreshadowing and figurative language that it contained. It was a great session."
"The student and I worked on her essay to accompany her Scarlet Letter project again. We worked through the "Dimmesdale" paragraph, as well as deciding that there should be a fourth body paragraph, so that she can discuss the idea of Hester, Pearl, and Dimmesdale transforming from "adultery" to "angelic." We will continue this work during our next session."