Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, the student and I read through his personal experience essay. We began reading for grammar, which was generally very strong, and the student corrected several minor errors. Next, we focused on ideas, discussing how to make a more descriptive hook and other ways of improving the seed ideas. We discussed an alternate seed idea to focus on one moment with two events (the graduation with diploma distribution and after-party) rather than two moments (the graduation and the beginning of next year). He then wrote a new paragraph from this perspective. We then discussed how altering ideas in this way would impact the score not only for main ideas, but also for related details. Finally, he wrote an introduction for his next essay on dialogue. For this week, I recommend that the student continue to write his dialogue essay, focusing on the limits of the assignment. I will bring a writing worksheet and sample essay for our next meeting. Great work this week! I look forward to our next session."
"The student completed a writing summary about spiders after reading a scholastic news article. He also answered comprehension questions about the article. We reviewed pronouns and his grammar packet."
"We reviewed grammar and vocabulary. We discussed nouns and verbs, then practiced identifying them in sentences. We also worked on context clues to strengthen vocabulary."
"It was great meeting with the students for our first tutoring session! As it was our first time meeting, I gave both students an assessment in both Reading Comprehension and Writing. Student 1 was really interested in her story (about a horse with a physical disability) and did well understanding the main idea of each paragraph. We worked on using highlighters to make the words "jump out at us," and it seemed to make a great difference. I learned that she loves music, dancing, and sewing and will prepare my lessons with these topics in mind! Student 2 read a story about the tradition of April Fool's Day and then wrote a paragraph about his favorite sports teams and players. He grasped on to the idea of dependent vs. independent clauses quickly and caught any of his mistakes when re-reading. Both students were motivated and hardworking, and next week, I will have each lesson specified to keeping them engaged based on their interests."
"The student spent the majority of the session researching and completing his weekly current event. He required the least amount of assistance with this task since I started working with him. It took over an hour, but he looked at three different articles, and only needed a few prompts and pushes to complete his assignment. We read a few more pages of "Boys in the Boat," and I left him with some algebra homework. He has almost mastered solving and simplifying equations, but I want to see him have more success with adding and subtracting various combinations of positive and negative numbers before we proceed to the next topic."
"The student had a major test in his literature class. We reviewed the lifestyle and the writings of Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, Whitman, and other American writers of the 19th century. He was able to use some notes he completed during one of our previous sessions."