Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered reading comprehension and answering multiple choice questions and open-ended essay questions based on a passage. He did well with the reading. There were only a few vocabulary words he did not know. He also did well on the multiple choice questions and the short open-ended questions. Where he ran into some trouble was the open-ended long essay question. The focus going forward will be on his vocabulary and his essay question answering skills."
"The student and I worked on two reading comprehension activities this session. The first activity focused on a poem. She struggled a bit with the questions, so we discussed making a mental picture as we read. We went back to the poem and read it line-by-line keeping our new visual in mind. After that, she was able to change her answers to the correct ones. We then moved on to a fiction passage. She responds very well to fiction writing because it keeps her interest. She had a much better time with the questions and completed a writing prompt afterwards asking her to continue the story."
"Today we work on another practice test. Today's was a letter format. He did a good job reading the letter and retaining the text information. He worked primarily on multiple choice and short response questions. He struggled with organizing the short response questions to form a comprehensive answer. We will continue to focus on test prep for the next few weeks."
"We covered organization and narrowing down the topic. The student struggled most with organization and following the assignment. I gave her some strategies for reading an assignment and for narrowing down the topic. I'm encouraged about her understanding of organization."
"We covered the development of the student's paper. She was struggling with the revision and the expectations of her professor, but with some encouragement, we discovered how best to revise her paper. There was much progress on her part for the effort that she put into the session. She is building her confidence up slowly."
"We covered the latest outline. We talked about which sources will support the new thesis and which might not. The student was struggling with MLA format for parenthetical documentation. The student was very excited about the topic and my take on it through art and propaganda. My strategy was to be as helpful as possible with specific sources from the best journals and books. I left the student with the understanding that he would flesh out the outline I gave him. We are both excited about the subject of synesthesia and how it explains our perception of reality."