Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent today's session going over the rest of "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe". After finishing the book and getting a detailed summary of the plot together, including the character's names and their motivations, we looked at some of the symbolism in the book. The student seemed to pick up the material quickly, and suggested that we look at "Prince Caspian" next week."
"Last night the student and I read and dissected an essay on Civil Disobedience by Thoreau. As the essay is extremely wordy, the student got a little lost in the language so we unpacked it in small sections and picked out the main points. The student is doing an excellent job of taking notes lately, a huge improvement. We talked out the essay, and by the end he had a strong grasp on the main argument of the piece as well as the examples and points laid out by Thoreau."
"We went over the student's homework from last week, which included an essay, critical reading, vocabulary and improving sentences/grammatical questions. His results on vocabulary questions have definitely improved, helped, I think, by his new ability to break down unknown vocabulary using roots, and common prefixes/suffixes to infer their meaning. His essay writing has also become clearer and easier to follow, since he now commits to a clear thesis before proceeding to provide supporting examples. We spent time working on grammar-related questions, sentence completion and outlining an essay in response to a prompt. Since he is taking the SAT for the first time next week, I talked him through the different sections of the test and we discussed strategies to help him prepare and maintain his energy on the day of the test. I left him with an essay and a variety of practice sections."