Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"As always, I really enjoyed working with the student. She is definitely catching on to how to write a persuasive essay, and the essay that we outlined today seemed to come much easier than the last one we did. I think the mapping that we do will be very useful for her when she has to write the next longer assignment for her ELA class."
"Today I started off by introducing something new. We discussed paragraph writing and I taught them about topic sentences, detail sentences, and concluding sentences. Next, we read a passage about peer pressure and answered the following questions. The questions from the book I use now are more advanced. They deal with key ideas and summarizing ideas. To finish off we completed a fun Mad Libs."
"The student and I continued on our existing course. He has really gotten the hang of interpreting multiple dialects and character affectations, such as Hagrid's Scottish slang and Professor Quirrell's stutter. He is also noticeably more adept at phonetically sounding words out, understanding a dialect's internal logic, and applying that understanding to the writing going forward. The same can be said for his ability to cope with novel words, which in 'Harry Potter' often appear in the form of JK Rowling's intentionally stylized and comically over-complicated fantasy vocabulary. The student has gotten much, much better at tackling these words and, more importantly, recognizing the humorous callbacks to real-world language. Overall, it is greatly encouraging to see him make such great strides. His parents would like us to try tackling some nonfiction (most likely history) as well as more fiction reading when sessions resume."
"The student and I had a great session! His spelling words were very easy this week and he didn't need a ton of time to master them. We worked on identifying complete or incomplete sentences and did math practice work. He also completed his homework."
"The student wanted support for an upcoming exam on certain passages from Romeo and Juliet. She had prepared notes on 8 passages, but needed further guidance turning those notes in analysis of the passages. For some passages, she needed guidance in understanding the language and analyzing the author's purpose. We worked to clarify the meaning in the lines and discussed Shakespeare's purpose and the characterization of Romeo, Juliet, the prince and Mercutio."
"The student read from the books "Born to Be a Butterfly" and "Annie and the Snowball and the Pink Surprise." She read the poem "Chook, Chook" and completed the comprehension exercise. The following reading exercises were completed: R-controlled vowels, Lucky Lodge mapping and Calendar Mix-up."