Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had previously completed the practice essay for the exam, and I went over the results with her. She displayed a good innate grasp of essay flow, good grammar, and strong use of sensory information. I encouraged her to go into more detail to flesh out her ideas. I then created a new sample essay topic that she hadn't encountered before and gave her a 30-minute time limit to write an essay - to mimic testing conditions. First, she and I went over how to structure her essay. I encouraged her to take adequate time to plan her ideas before writing and to closely read the essay question, which contained clues on what to include. She had a lot of questions. I appreciated her curiosity and enthusiasm. After our session, I emailed the parent to assign homework (at the parent's request), and asked the student to complete the rest of the ELA practice session online. While I want to focus our tutoring time primarily on writing, I want to make sure that her other ELA skills are up to par."
"Today the student examined the introduction and first chapter of Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Down the Bones." In terms of Goldberg's approach to writing, the student identified his own fears and holdups. Afterwards, he did his first timed writing exercise a la Goldberg. In being forced to write nonstop without editing or censoring himself, he ended up with quite a remarkable piece. The text was rhythmic and intuitive and the content was smart and engaging."
"The student worked on his creative piece for English class. We worked on varied sentence lengths and using more descriptive language. Good work!"
"The student has a math test on Wednesday, so we reviewed topics for his test. We covered some questions from his workbook, as well as problems that I gave on my own. I have also provided some websites to help him that have step by step examples related to this topic."
"The student has an upcoming test using the ACE strategy (answer, cite, expand). We practiced this technique using two books of her choosing, one nonfiction on Mount Everest, and one fiction. I provided a rubric for her to use to get the best details, and we went over different ways she could clearly phrase her answers, and different ways to prove citations and to expand."
"The student has been showing progress with reading and sounding out words if she has a difficult time pronouncing them. Her break will commence soon, and we will be working on compound words when we resume after she gets back."