Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had the SSAT this past Saturday. I divided the time fairly evenly between a creative writing essay and vocabulary. I was able to find a historical, 3-pronged creative writing essay prompt that asked him to choose between being a Spartan, English Knight, Viking, and Gladiator, to describe a day in the life, and what would be the good/bad parts of being that role. The student chose to be an English Knight, and had the creative twist that if he were a Sainted knight, he would be immortal and therefore serve as a tie between the historical and present worlds. I encouraged the creative twist. We talked through it a lot, and I was able to give him a bit more historical context of what an English knight would actually do, with some benefits and minuses. When we meet again, I may resurrect this as a warmup exercise. We also spent about 45 minutes going through a lot of the vocabulary words that were taken from one of the student's SSAT analogy exercises. While he was working on his essay, I made flashcards with the words. We then went through each one, providing examples, and took turns reading each side. I also had him do a matching exercise, since these words were originally taken from analogies; there were a few (not all) synonyms and similar words."
"The student and I worked on an extra credit assignment for school. We had a list of 25 words. We wrote down definitions for the words, came up with sentences, as well as synonyms and antonyms. It was a great session."
"The student was to write on a novel which challenged and changed her perception of being human, as part of a high school application. She decided to write about how the book The Acorn People, which is about a summer camp for physically disabled children, changed her concept of what it meant to be a child with immense limitations. At the end of the session, she had written the first draft of the essay. We then went over her French vocabulary words using flashcards."