Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the grammatical terms his teacher said would be present on the final. After reviewing each term, he created his own example of a sentence in which the grammatical structure being discussed was present or I presented him with a sentence for him to diagram."
"In this session with the student we went over one more of her essays, about "The Lottery." The writing was solid, but she had not successfully used examples and quotes from the text to support her claims. We went through the text and underlined quotes that would have been good support, and practiced inserting them into her essays. Then we went through another Poe short story, "The Cask of Amontillado" and outlined a compare and contrast essay with "The Tell Tale Heart." We brainstormed, outlined, and went through both of those stories and underlined quotes that would be supportive for the arguments. As homework, she is going to write a draft of that essay using the quotes we found. While writing she is going to focus on several things that we listed together that were weak in her previous essays- repetitive word choice, simple sentences, and integration of quotes. If she has time she is also going to write a few short creative essays from a large selection of journal-type prompts that I gave her."
"We only managed to complete and proofread the writing prompt today, but I was satisfied since it was all good and useful work. Tomorrow, though, I will be focusing again on grammar and possibly spelling."
"After discussing the student's ideas on her new assignment in English, we again turned to working through sections of the diagnostic test for AP English Language, focusing on developing reading comprehension strategies, on gleaning and contextualizing thematically significant material from the passages, and on identifying various applications of rhetoric and literary figures of speech. The structural aspects of good essay writing were reviewed with respect to the selections read. The latter segment of the session was spent introducing the student to the Essay Writing portion of the AP exam; special attention was given to strategies on how to approach the outlining process in a timed situation, and to the importance of transitional signposting with topic sentences."
"We began the lesson by discussing what the student did at school that day, his new classes, American and Chinese holidays during this month, and technology. He did a great job of expressing his ideas and opinions clearly and thoughtfully answering my questions. He is also quick to say when he needs me to repeat what I said or help understanding my questions. We talked for 30 minutes before moving on to the next part. He seems very comfortable speaking with me and is eager to learn. For the remainder of the lesson, we continued working on the reading passage. He read aloud and then we discussed any words he didn't understand. We spent a lot of time going over definitions and translations. Just in this week's lessons he has learned a lot of new vocabulary!"
"We started by reading 10 more pages of The Cat in the Hat. We also covered a few examples of the long a (lake, bake, take, etc.), and we will continue to work on long vowel sounds. We then finished reading and discussing The Wind and the Sun. We finished our session by doing timed drills of the alphabet, and correcting a few places where the student is still having trouble remembering the correct letters quickly."