Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I reviewed for her upcoming vocabulary test. We reviewed the extra practice I had given her for Lesson 20 and reviewed the definitions she wrote down for all of the words as homework. I quizzed her verbally on Lessons 17-20 and starred the words that she had difficulty with. She then created a sentence verbally using the words she missed."
"During this session, the student and I covered the different types of essay writing: narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and expository. After we discussed each type and their real world relevance, we practiced writing a couple samples. She also shared a couple short stories that she wrote. I gave her pointers on techniques of recitation as she read them aloud. Moreover, we discussed how to create a multi-dimensional character in a short story as well as the importance of having complex characters within a short story. After English and short story discussion, we spent the remaining portion of the session discussing feudal Europe. Much of the history was a review for her, but it is still important to refresh that subject."
"The student and I spent the first part of the session discussing a math worksheet she had for homework, which dealt with a few word problems involving fractions and a unit bar. The questions asked her to write statements about the representations of the fractions, so I helped her to translate what she wanted to say. For the rest of the session, we worked on English. We practiced her vocabulary, and then we focused on her English assignment, which was to go through a chapter of her book, underline each time the protagonist did or said something, and describe the action with a word from a predetermined list given by her teacher. For the most part, the student did a great job with this, but there were a few times where she would choose inappropriate words. We made sure to correctly define these words when they arose, but in general she did a very good job."
"The student and I spent time going over new vocabulary words. He is at the stage where he really needs to be introduced to more and more vocabulary. We spent time talking about common animals in the United States, what their names are, what they look like, and what sound they make if they have a common sound. It was a good lesson and he seemed to pick up a lot."
"The student and I completed the assigned reading on the rhetorical analysis of physical space and wrote a one-page analysis the main library. Although this assignment was fairly abstract in its content, she quickly gained an intuitive understanding of the basic rhetorical elements of space, and was able to use the framework outlined in the reading to analyze the library space. She was challenged somewhat with reaching the deeper levels of analysis, but through working together she gained an understanding of the space's text on multiple levels."
"The student continued working in Math, working on adding to and subtracting from 7 and 8. In reading, the student read about a trip to the zoo and about bees. And he also wrote about his trip to the zoo."