Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued practicing writing prompts in preparation for the assessment test coming up. We finished with one writing prompt and started on another that is a 3 part story, so it has more elements to the writing prompt. We worked on the prewriting and the student is doing the first 3 paragraphs for next time."
"Today, we completed two passages from the student's purple assignment book from school. I noticed that his concept of a full sentence has improved, so we went over transition words, which are necessary components of a paragraph and an essay. Together, we made a list of transition words, and I told him to make a sentence with each transition word. When we got to the short answer questions for the passages, he was able to write a smooth paragraph with transition words. I reminded him to always try to use transition words to connect thoughts, in order for the sentences to flow together. In conclusion, this session was very successful because his writing is coming together nicely. Within the next two sessions, we will be working on essay writing."
"We reviewed the student's "main idea" homework and discussed the text and clarified difference between the main idea, details and general statements. He completed pages 9-12 in the blue workbook (main idea, grammar, vocabulary). He started P.6 in the green book and will do p.7 for homework and read another article and find the main idea in each paragraph."
"The student and I worked on her paper for English again this evening. It is due on Tuesday, so we did one final read to check for grammatical mistakes together. Her final product is amazing! After this, I quizzed her on her material for the Unit 2 History test. As we went through the study guide, we marked which concepts were most difficult for her so she could make sure to return to them later. We also talked about study strategies up until the test. As final exams are coming up, we laid out a plan for our next few meetings so we know what will be the focus each time we get together."
"The student and I continued work on definite and indefinite articles (a, an, and the). On the writing assignment (fill in the blank with the appropriate article), he did very well. He easily recognizes the appropriate answers when presented in that format. However, when asked to create an original paper on his own he struggles somewhat with article placement and usage. Next week, we will continue to work on this facet of his growing language skills. This week, I also introduced him to an English learning website that he enjoyed and that should prove useful moving forward. This week, he will continue to work on misunderstood phrases he encounters and definite and indefinite articles."
"We covered essay writing. I gave the student a topic to write about. We brainstormed ideas and discussed what makes a good essay (intro, supporting paragraphs, conclusion). The student maintained a positive attitude throughout the entire session. I assigned another essay topic for homework."