Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on a paper for a little while, but she knew what she wanted to write and wasn't ready to proofread just yet. So, we decided she'd finish that on her own time, and we'd proofread it tomorrow. We moved on to more short story/short response work; today the question I wanted her answering for the short response was longer and more complex than yesterday, so I asked her to write the answer in essay format with an introduction, three very small body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Tomorrow, we'll proofread her paper and try to finish the short answer. If she needs help with the introduction, I'll run her through some exercises in writing those to see if we can make that easier for her. I will also incorporate them into next week's grammar lessons."
"The student has an English exam on Monday, so we spent most of our session today reviewing material in preparation for that, including parts of speech (definitions and identifications), grammar, vocabulary, and writing coherent paragraphs. We also looked at review worksheets and talked about strategies for remembering difficult terms and definitions."
"Today, I was able to work on a variety of skills with both students. First, I talked with Student B about what she is learning in school and what she wants to improve on. She said she wants to get better at paragraph corrections, so I decided to look at some of her class work. We looked at a paper she is writing about honey bees, and I helped her pinpoint problems with grammar and flow. I asked her how she would improve certain sentences and gave her suggestions for improving her writing process. I also determined that she might benefit from learning how to take more effective notes. After I helped her with her paper, I decided to have her and Student J write a short paragraph. I asked them to explain why breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and gave them 15 minutes to put their thoughts onto paper. When they finished, I analyzed their work and asked them what they struggled with the most. Next, I had Student B bring out her vocab book for vocab practice. I asked the girls to define words, determine the part of speech for each word, and list synonyms for the word. In addition, I had them put the words into a sentence and apply them to their own lives. Afterwards, I had them write a paragraph about why smartphones are necessary. I will go over the paragraphs they wrote during our next session. Overall, I feel like we got off to a great start. Both girls were very quiet but they had good attitudes and were willing to learn. Next week, I plan to give them more practice with grammar rules and continue helping them with their school work."