Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, the student read Edgar Alan Poe's The Raven, and I asked her to note all the words she didn't recognize. This gave us the opportunity to discuss contextual clues and strategies for figuring out what unfamiliar words might mean when you can't look them up. I then gave her a list of ten questions about the poem and its story, and asked her to write out her answers. It was clear that, despite some initial difficulties with the poetic language of Poe, she understood the poem, not only plot-wise, but also on the deeper emotional and symbolic levels. Her answers to the questions were accurate and showed a level of understanding that was surprising for her age."
"This was an opening session. We discussed our target outcomes and goals working together as well as specifics in writing. I think this session was very helpful for me to create a perfected lesson plan."
"During our first session, we discussed the three papers that she hopes to finish by June 1 for publishing. We discussed content, progress, and strategies. She will work on the outline for her first paper in time for our next meeting."
"Today the student completed his discussion question for Unit 4, King Lear. He did well but still struggles with voicing his opinion when called for. He still looks to outside sources for the answer when he should be making his own analysis. We also started his outline for his major paper due next week. He does well making outlines at this point, although the more detailed, formal outline issued its own challenges. I left him with the task of finding applicable quotes to add to his outline from his 5 sources."
"Today the student wanted to work on her Confirmation letter for church. We discussed paragraph structure, addressing each item in the assignment she was given, and polished a first draft of the letter to be submitted to her instructor this week. We spent the last ten minutes or so discussing some topics in her English class that she finds confusing, and decided that next week, I would bring her some examples of these topics, and we would begin the session by addressing them before moving on."
"Today the student worked in his writing workbook. He worked on part of a 2nd-grade assessment test just to see where he is phonetically, and assess areas we need to work on. He and I worked primarily on common core math problems. We then worked on word problems using graphs, which he enjoyed."