Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We revised the outline for her research paper on Albert Camus's "The Stranger" and she wrote the first page and a half of her rough draft."
"The student initially started with math drills and decided she could complete these on her own. The student is now studying Greek mythology. She read to me the myth concerning Dionysius and his choice of bride. We enthusiastically discussed the myth and our impressions of each of the characters in the story. The student then proceeded to answer assigned questions on the topic. The student is self-motivated. Her winter progress report shows that she is a leader and does best when things are highly structured. I find that she is quite capable of leading most lessons and will work diligently until the job is done."
"She took the Eighth Grade Writing Assessment on Wednesday of this week. She said that overall it went well, but that she felt rushed toward the end and was unable to complete her last two paragraphs as carefully as she would have liked. She also mentioned that her essay did not have five paragraphs, though we have frequently discussed that for this kind of test, it is important to have at least three body paragraphs as well as an introduction and conclusion. The results will not be available for several months. I hope to continue working on basic concepts of organization and support with her. Today, we mostly worked on an assignment from her Language Arts class on poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. Together, we read two poems and identified the speaker, literary devices, tone, and major themes. I reviewed some common literary devices to help her identify them. In the last few minutes, I started a brief lesson on subject-verb agreement. We will return to this topic at our next meeting. We will now be meeting once weekly instead of twice as the exam is over."
"Today with the student I worked on context clues and Greek and Latin roots. He breezed through the context clues, but there were a few words that he didn't know on the Greek/Latin word list. We pulled out the roots and analyzed their meaning, and then put them back into the word to make the connection. The student was working hard to make connections. I was very happy with his work ethic. I left him with eight words to memorize from the list. We will be working with them next time."
"Today, both students worked on assessments and worked on homework. Student one worked a bit on writing and reading comprehension. We will be focusing on common core concepts on his level to help him become more acquainted with language and phrasing."
"Today, he and I reviewed his vocabulary. We prepared for an upcoming vocabulary quiz by making and reviewing flashcards. We followed this up with a discussion of how to better understand unfamiliar words by examining the context in which the word was used and searching for clues. We then practiced this skill by reading through some passages together."