Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I wrote some more sentences using the words we have gleaned from the Civil War book. This time, instead of defining groups of words, I would use each in a couple of sentences, and then he would have to pick from the group and write his own sentences. I would correct his wording on the few occasions he faltered. He knows what the words mean now, but might put the words in an order, or leave out little words, that a native speaker would find odd. So we are polishing that up a bit. I also added words from an SAT-type vocabulary builder, that groups words by Latin roots, for example. Then we read from his novel, and I read to him from a Civil War magazine about the first day at Gettysburg. He understands his novel very well, so we found just the right level for him there."
"At today's session which the student first took completed two assessment activities. First she responded to some objective questions that I had composed re: rhetorical and literary vocabulary. There was a word bank on the back with all the answers present as well as some superfluous options. Out of nineteen questions she answered 16 correctly, or 84%. She then read a brief essay about the remnants of the Mayflower and answered some questions. The second activity came from the practice tests. We discussed the questions from each assessment that she did not answer correctly, and then we read the first three chapters of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz."
"Studied new vocabulary list of 20 words. Defined and provided synonyms for each word. Used each word in a sentence and discussed its meaning. Discussed progress in English class and with vocabulary list in order to improve test-taking. Reviewed the elements of a story (exposition, plot, setting, characters, etc.)."
"The student and I worked on studying for the exam that he has next week. We discussed all the characters and the Islands that the story covers. We began making a game which allowed him to study what his teacher wants covered for the exam."
"We reviewed the student's material from school and I answered his questions, then wrote more sample problems for him and he was able to answer them correctly. We then did some reading in his school assigned book, "The Hot Zone," and discussed the book. We used it to find other examples of pronouns and discussed how they were used."
"Reviewed the student's most recent schoolwork. Next, I provided him with a short story and a series of questions to better assess his overall comprehension skills. Afterwards, we continued to build his vocabulary."
"We read and analyzed "The Lottery" using the signposts reading strategy. The student informed me her class will start reading Night on Friday, so starting with our next session we will begin to work with that novel."
"We reviewed and discussed his completed World History study guide for the test on Friday. The student feels prepared for the test. We then discussed key points of Antigone. He has a group characterization project that they are completing in class. We talked about some of the gaps in symbolism and motivations for the character Tiresias. He has plans to share these items with his group to include in their project. With our remaining time, we worked on an overview of strategies for the SAT. We primarily focused on developing examples and arguments for the writing prompts and practiced with some of the former prompts."
"Some literary techniques and elements in The Kite Runner were covered in the session; left student with notes he took to study for a class quiz this week."
"Today we covered annotation and summary. The student was assigned another novel "Animal Farm," by George Orwell. For the first hour she read and summarized the first chapter of the book. For the remainder of our time I assisted her with annotating and analyzing the text. There were no concerns from this session."
"The student had another great session today. We worked on a homework assignment that involved researching his assigned Greek mythology figure, Medusa, and using multiple sources to answer questions. I've noticed that he has already improved a great deal in extracting important information from readings and also formulating sentence structure in his answers."
"The student advised me that he had a very important school project that was due in two weeks, so we spent the entire session working on it. The project is for his history class and consists of him making a documentary. He has chosen to record himself reading the information needed for the documentary and then place that recording over top of numerous corresponding slides with pictures. I helped him with the grammar and fluency of his documentary script. I recorded him so that he could make the necessary edits and could see where he needed improvement."