Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had just taken a vocabulary test on the content we covered in the previous session. He believes he did well and commented that his mother said he seemed to be retaining the definitions well during quizzing practice. I saw two graded reading assignments (94% and 80%) that were for the standardized state test practice. He noted that during a lecture in his English class, his teacher mentioned "antonyms" and that he forgot what they were. We spent the hour-long session formulating various adjectives and generating antonyms and synonyms. We also used the dictionary (print and online) in order to find more (ex. mad: synonyms=irate, livid, enraged, furious; antonyms=calm, joyful, happy, at ease, etc.) Student's attention span was much higher than in previous sessions. He seemed to be engaged and made meaningful connections to his learning."
"Today's session included extensive review of the student's English paper. He made excellent progress obtaining and incorporating resources into his paper. He had worked on his annotated bibliography and note cards before I had arrived. He has been assigned math problems in anticipation of an upcoming test and directed to continue to work on his paper, due next week. I will ask his parents to invest in a set of SAT flashcards to expand the student's vocabulary."
"The student and I began working with her new book. We did some reading, summarizing, noticing connections/descriptions, making predictions and identifying symbolism. She did a really good job! I noticed she was reading "below the surface" and making excellent connections that showed improvement."
"The student and I worked on his current English assignment, going over both the new book he is working on as well as key vocabulary that he will use in the book. I am really happy with the student's growth in both his confidence and his critical thinking."
"We spent the first half hour discussing the pupil's thoughts about the first half of "The Hunger Games," especially with regard to Katniss' relationships with Peeta and Gale, as well as the Capitol's tyranny. She had good insights into how and why the Capitol keeps its citizens desperate and starving. We continued working on this topic for the rest of the session by brainstorming manifestations of the Capitol's power, with support from the text. Since she has trouble putting her thoughts on paper, I provided guidance as she wrote down her ideas. This work will be useful for her project about the world of "The Hunger Games." She is continuing to read the book for homework."
"Began Julius Caesar essay. Reviewed in class test on plot and teacher comments on student's outline. Will finish essay next session."