Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I read short pieces of literature and she wrote a quick summary of each. Then we read poetry and discussed the meaning of each poem."
"We need to start with the basics- subject, verb, predicate, predicate nominative, direct object, preposition, etc. I told the student that I will prepare lessons in those basic areas, and we will build upon it as the summer progresses. I will also try to get together some worksheets for those lessons. I had him write a 2 page story of dialogue only. I told him he could use some "he said," etc., but no thoughts or external descriptions. I suggested it could be two friends on their way to school, and he ended up doing that, including a mother in the conversation as well. For Thursday, I asked him to write 2 pages on why I should volunteer. He currently volunteers at a hospital, and he asked if he should write about volunteering there. I told him it could be there or somewhere else, but I want him to convince me."
"This was our last session together. We strived to finish his original and ongoing story about Scorpa-Man, his superhero alter-ego."
"Over the course of this session, the student and I continued to work on the big five-paragraph essay we'd started last time. The goal with this exercise is to go through all the steps of the writing process -- brainstorming, research, drafting and editing -- to yield a final product that will serve as a blueprint for a well-written persuasive essay. We paid special attention to the process of getting ideas from her head onto paper, employing several different techniques to assist with this task, which also represents the area in which the student struggles the most. I thought that she did as well today as she had in any of our sessions thus far, and is really having some success in channeling her inner monologues into coherent written work. Consequently, we were able to get a good chunk of the essay completed."
"Practiced "Zz" in cursive. Wrote words: zoo, zip, and zig zag. Wrote sentence: "Greg will zip his big coat." Continued writing on his "Thumbprint Autobiography". He wrote what he is thankful for. The student read chapter 6 in "Life of Fred" book. He then spelled words that were in the chapter: coyote, obligate, carnivore, dinosaur, eight, fraction, Wednesday, and breathe. He also practiced spelling the words that were misspelled from his grocery list: broccoli, cheese, avocado and chicken."
"Student 1 and I worked on an extra reading comprehension assignment she had (developed by her teachers in preparation for AP English). We talked through the questions she had missed and covered different literary techniques and skills. There were one or two problematic questions that we discussed at length, and I told her I would bring in an SAT reading section for comparison next time. Student 2 and I edited his book report on Abe Lincoln slightly, adding more to his existing answers. We also worked on the multiplication tables. Student 3 and I worked on reading and writing. I had him read aloud to me and also write the answers to a few questions I asked about his book. After he wrote the questions, we went over some grammatical issues."