Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued to go over Romeo and Juliet. The student seems to be having a better understanding of the text and was able to point out examples to answer his homework questions."
"The student had to read Act 4 in Romeo and Juliet. We read together and worked on discussing what was happening, and the student completed a worksheet on the act."
"Today, the student and I spent the bulk of our time discussing her essay on "The Tempest". She is to write about the theme of entrapment and how it is conveyed throughout the piece. She already had a rough outline, so we expanded on her ideas and discussed several more, specifically how the metaphor for entrapment can be extended to everyone experiencing some sort of physical, mental, or emotional entrapment. We looked over her thesis statement to make sure that it addresses the question asked. I left the student with the goal to finish the paper before dinner, take a break, and then review/edit the paper. I also told her to review the papers that she has written throughout the year to see where she commonly loses points. She should focus on those items as she reviews her current paper. The student has a great grasp of the ideas and content presented in "The Tempest" and I expect that it will show through her paper. The student and I had great discussion today and I enjoyed her insights into the play. Good work!"
"Today, he started working on a writing packet for 5th grade that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. He began by brainstorming several new stories and/or historical events he finds interesting. He then selected the topic of one of the world's best soccer players, an individual who was so small for his age that the team that eventually hired him paid for his medical treatment so that he would grow to a more normal height and frame. He then filled out a sheet describing his job as an author, including his intended audience. He also read the instructions on how to cite the works he will use, whether they be print, website, or other media."
"Today, I assisted the student with this week's spelling words for a test on Friday. We did the pyramid spelling, and he took charge of this activity today. He did not need a reminder to say the letters as he wrote the words. He only wrote the ones that he struggled with. He completed a little reading assessment, and he did not need any assistance. He read well and answered the comprehension questions without any assistance. We then moved to Starfall, and he read several stories of his choosing. We also did echo reading, because I am trying to move him beyond the second grade text."
"Today, I gave her the 3 other books in the 4 book series she is interested in reading. She finished the first book I had brought. We discussed the books, the main characters, and plot of the first book. She has decided to use one of the books for her English essay. She is a very inquisitive and takes the initiative to learn new literary concepts. So we also worked on understanding and creating a hyperboles, as well as a mini-lesson on how to use a dictionary. She received a 93% on her ELA test last week, only due to mixing up the definition of memoir and expressive writing. I will bring some examples for her on those topics next week. She continues to be very motivated in her studies."