Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Great session, worked with the student over primarily reading comprehension and using a reverse outline to extract key information. Assigned 4 more worksheets for h/w. Worked with her on admissions test reading comp. Reviewed strategies and corrected ones she missed."
"I presented the student with several argument-based questions and asked her to respond to them. We then worked on building her responses into introductory paragraphs for essays. This was challenging for her, so I plan to continue this activity in our next session."
"We began writing an essay for the student's European History class. No scores, extra practice, or concerns for this session. The biggest struggle for today was trying to turn ideas and thoughts into complete sentences."
"The student just started Spanish 3 at his high school. So far, they have focused on memorizing a poem that his teacher handed out to the class. We translated the poem, and he worked on memorizing it. Also, we discussed past tense conjugation of various verbs, and he translated sentences both in English and Spanish. We discussed learning styles and things he has noticed that help him grasp material better. He stated that he struggles a bit with choosing the correct form of verb in the past tense. We discussed the preterite and imperfect forms of past tense conjugation for various verbs. No concerns from this session."
"1. During this session, we talked about the exposition and techniques for good expository writing. We also started talking about compare and contrast essays. We reviewed the student's high school passage as an example to start structuring a compare and contrast essay. 2. She is doing well with remembering the concepts that we discuss. 3. She struggled a bit with coming up with ideas for sentences to add to the essay. We discussed key questions to ask to help with coming up with creative ideas. 4. We are going to focusing on getting her prepared to write her essay on "Death of a Salesman.""
"The student was working on a particular assignment for her English course. She had read the Hemingway novel, "The Sun Also Rises," and was expected to complete a flowchart and paragraph on a particular passage and prompt. The student showed great ability to utilize each step of the assignment to formulate the overall result. She completed most of the assignment during the session, but had finishing touches to complete. We will continue to work on analytical thought in future sessions."
"The student and I discussed his first essay he had completed for this year. We discussed how to expand the essay and put more points in to justify his opinion. We also started working on paragraph structure and outlining that would assist on future writing assignments. We began working on The Odyssey and writing out character profiles so he had a quick reference as he worked through the novel. The student was going to finish Athena before I tutored him on Wednesday."
"We worked on writing fluency and grammar mechanics. We worked on avoiding passive voice writing, how to recognize it, and how to express the same thoughts actively. We worked on verb tense errors. We worked on word choice and correct preposition selection. We also worked on semi colons and comma splices. I asked him to write during the session and left him with a request to re-write according to our review of his writing, and to list 60 prepositions. In the future, I'll be helping him write a research paper, focusing firstly on creating a good thesis statement and organizing the paper to be cohesive and true to thesis."
"We read and discussed an award winning student essay titled "Speaking Out". Then the student wrote a persuasive essay based upon the premise - you cannot climb a ladder if you are only looking up - after which I provided feedback and asked him to make minor revisions."
"At last night's session, the student and I covered the following: - transition word exercise - completing sentences using transition words and phrases - sentence structure - developing sentences using compound and complex sentence structure, and - using newspaper articles to create main ideas and titles for articles."
"This was my first session with the student and she wanted help writing an introduction paragraph and essay writing in general. She's just started school so she had no grades from her English class to show me, but she did have some work from last year that we went over to look towards this year. She also had an in class essay exam the morning after our session that she wanted to prepare for specifically. She was most struggling with how to take her ideas and put them into a long, cohesive argument. We discussed what makes a good essay, how to take the structure of the five paragraph essay, and how to balance it with clear, concise writing and strong arguments. We left the session with her having a good understanding of her plan for the in class essay exam, and with a better understanding of her ability as a writer in general."
"During today's session, the student and I assessed the novel from the midway vantage point between Part 1 and Part 2. We discussed character development at length, as well as themes related to innocence. In preparation for his test on Thursday, I gave him some study tips and discussed some methods for reviewing the text and important material tomorrow night. I was excited to see he was able to borrow a hardcopy of the book from school, which I think will make a big difference in his retention of content. I suggested picking up some post-its so that he can be ready to copy down unfamiliar words, mark passages in the text, etc. I also told the student to feel free to email me tomorrow if any questions come up as he prepares for his test."