Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on one computer and I worked on another. That way we could both follow the practice test. As he answered questions, we talked about why an answer was or was not the correct choice. He is consistent in his use of POE (process of elimination) which is great. He suffers because he is often challenged with unfamiliar words. Additionally, he is unfamiliar with literary terms which are so prevalent on the test. I gave him a literary terms handout that I had available and emailed him one as well. I also showed him how to access the test questions we were using as well as questions for the science and math section. Also, I showed him a test prep website and suggested he sign up. I will meet with him again soon to work on the science portion of the test."
"We went over note taking and active reading by practicing on chapters 5 and 6. We drafted his second diary assignment by focusing on a moment in which the main character felt a difference between his "romanticized" view of war and a more "realistic" one. He struggles with pacing himself, getting stuck and too bogged down on one passage. In writing, he struggled to organize his thoughts and elaborate in detail, which we will continue to work on. For homework, I assigned the student three diary assignments so that he could practice doing the exact same thing we did today. I also got him set up for writing a letter response his teacher assigned, which is similar to the diary responses we did today."
"The student had just begun Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" today. We talked about our theories about what Ellison meant. I was able to use some of my historical knowledge to help her, as she didn't know the significance of Reconstruction; once I filled her in, she immediately recognized that her earlier interpretation was faulty and corrected it nicely. Her opinions still needed some refining and reinforcing, but she's getting very good at spotting and annotating significant lines in the text. We agreed that we are both definitely enjoying the book, and that we'd both really had fun during this session! I look forward to our next meeting."