Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on homework for his English class. He needed to pick one of three prompts to start writing a final paper for Romeo and Juliet. He picked the first one and then had to find three characters that are responsible for the deaths of the protagonists. Once that was done, he needed to find two passages in the play that show a moment where they are responsible for events spiraling out of control. He also needed to write a working thesis statement. He did wonderfully with each of these assignments."
"The student and I had our first session this evening, and it went very well. We began by going over his subjects, interests, and strengths and weaknesses. He helped me to identify some points where he could improve, and we began working on English and history. I tried to help him improve his reading comprehension skills for both subjects by giving him a formula to approach such discussions. Moreover, I helped him to categorize historical information in order to best interpret and annotate it for his class assignments. Finally, we went over some of his writing and ways to improve it. When we meet again next week, we will go over some of his previous assignments and pinpoint ways to improve them."
"Studied for History test on the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Reviewed classroom study guides and slideshow. Studied the unique language of the Preamble. Studied Articles I, II, and III of the Constitution and discussed the roles of Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court. Discussed the constitutional qualifications and nomination/election process for each. Studied various departments (State, Commerce, Education, etc.) of the executive branch and their roles. Learned the process in which a bill becomes a law. Studied and quizzed on the Bill of Rights and discussed both the purpose and interpretation of each Amendment."
"The student's writing has improved tremendously since we last met in December before her final exams. For her first session this year, she was prepared with numerous pages of her paper already written, and her thoughts are clearly outlined and articulate. We worked on word flow, ensured filler words were removed, and she linked her own thoughts with an analysis of the subject at hand. I'm very impressed with her continued growth."
"This session was mostly a continuation of our most recent collaborations. We continued to work on the student's persuasive essay on competitive sports, with the primary objective of adding direct quotes to the essay that supported the thesis. I gave him detailed instructions on how to do this from a grammar standpoint as well as with regard to picking information that supports your position without bluntly repeating a previously stated point. As always, I tried to incorporate practice and instruction on grammar tasks. The biggest contribution I can add to these sessions is my proofreading skills; every lesson is a chance to pass them on to the student. He continues to exhibit excellent analytical abilities and formulate ideas coherently, but mastering the formal writing process without making simple grammatical mistakes remains a work in progress."
"Today, the student had a lot of homework to get done, so we worked on it together. She did a very good job writing a speech for her ELA class. She used good examples and wrote it in a way that will be easy to present. We also worked on annotating an assignment. We will continue to work on this in our next session with some writing and reading exercises."