Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started out with a writing exercise: I had him write about his favorite sport. We then went over his work and edited it together, discussing good editing techniques such as reading aloud, subject-verb agreement and other common grammatical mistakes. Then I checked up on how his English class was going, and he mentioned that they had watched the Coppola film "The Outsiders." We discussed his thoughts on the movie, and I taught him a number of film studies terms -- like "on-location" versus "on-set" and "diegetic" versus "non-diegetic" -- that he could use to express them. We then continued our work on essay structure from last session, now in the context of an essay on "The Outsiders" film. We went point by point through what the essay could cover, getting him to think of specific examples in the film which illustrated his more general thoughts on it. Finally, we had a brief discussion about themes, what they are and why thinking about them is useful, and I tried to get him thinking about the themes in the book he is currently reading on his own, a book in the "Eragon" series. I asked him to try making an essay outline, similar to the one we made with "The Outsiders" film, about the themes in "Eragon". I'm going to try to incorporate his interests into the lessons more. Hopefully that, along with him seeing himself improve over time, will help his progress continue."
"Today we started the session by reviewing the student's science terms on the nervous system, discussing the terms and demonstrating reflexes. We then read a short story by Orin Henry and created 20 questions regarding the short story. We ended session by continuing to organize his social studies outline."
"The student and I started off our session by working on a school assignment. He had to write a self evaluation to a writing assignment. He completed this and then we worked on a writing assignment. The student did excellent on both. I've seen a huge improvement in his writing. His grammar, sentence structure, and idea development has improved. He is doing great!"