Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began the session with reading fictional passages from a 4th grade workbook. The workbook passages were short and kept the student's interest. Then he chose nonfiction passages off the internet to read. I feel it is important to give him the option to choose what he wants to read to keep his interest. I have always noticed that when he reads a topic he enjoys, he wants to know more about it. Hence, we researched additional information based on the topic we read and his interest in reading continues. This is a huge step in continuing to read. I'm thrilled he wants to read more. We will to continue to reread parts of passages he omits. I'm proud of his success!"
"I helped the student write an essay for her Ladders for Leaders application, focusing on crafting her argument and fixing her sentence structure. We also did a multiple-choice question set, which was very difficult, but she and I reviewed her answers to help her analyze other readings of the same difficulty level."
"The student and I reviewed and practiced past simple and past progressive. We worked on a new tense aspect combination present perfect. We discussed the formation of affirmative and negative sentences, as well as questions. I used cut outs to explain the material. We worked on an exercise to practice the new tense. Homework was assigned. He is doing great, and I enjoy working with him."
"The student and I met in the library again a few hours after our previous session. She had done significant work of the body of her paper, which I helped her revise. We then discussed the arguments and quotes present in her final source that she had yet to include in the paper. After selecting these quotes and discussing how to tie them to the overall argument, she worked in developing a strong introduction to her paper which concisely explained the direction in which the paper was going. Finally, I gave her some tips on constructing a solid conclusion."
"Today, we worked on the first paragraph of the student's draft and reviewed his IB scope areas. We also went over the difference between scope area and summary of evidence. He was given access to my old OPVL chart, for his own reference."
"The student and I revised his stem cell research essay and began working on a PowerPoint project, but then we wrote two practice essays. The first was on rhetorical strategies in a speech given on the subject of child labor laws, and the second was a response and personal essay on the role of creativity in school and its definition. He and I worked on making his sentence structure better and using words for the greatest effect."