Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed his English homework. His assignment was to write a short analysis of the symbolism in chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby. He spent a good deal of time reading chapter 5 aloud, stopping at crucial points in the text to discuss symbolism. He made some truly marvelous connections between key points in the text, and by the end of the session, he was more than adequately prepared to finish his short written assignment. I encouraged him to finish his reading before our sessions, so we can spend the time in the session on analysis and writing."
"The student and I spent the session today practicing his reading. We read together the book Beloved, paying special attention to new words and the structure of the narrative. It is my hope that by practicing his reading he will gain a better feel for the way the words are put together, thereby improving his grammar as well. I left him with a few vocabulary words to look up, as his chief problem is his limited vocabulary, especially of idiomatic phrases."
"Tonight the student told me he got a 100 on his quiz last week on the Thoreau essay we discussed in our last session (yay!). Tonight we worked on rewriting an in-class sample SAT essay on nature vs. civilization. He understands in theory how to make an argument and create points, but he says his ideas can get jumbled in his head. I had him write down his ideas when they came to him and to make lists that compared nature and civilization and it seemed like that helped him understand what points he needed to make. He's definitely getting better with his reading comprehension and pulling out ideas in sentences. He has a great attitude and a lot of patience when it comes to the difficult parts of his studies - such a neat kid to work with."