Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student was introduced to conjunctions and interjections, as well as two more poetry forms, the limerick and the haiku. Then, we looked at what is ahead in the syllabus and set a schedule for the week. The student will review the poems in unit 3, so that we can more quickly cover them in the next session, but be able to spend most of that session on his upcoming composition. This schedule was determined based on the student's strong inference skills when working with the poems in units 1 and 2."
"* Once again we reviewed the past list of 15 words the student has studied, and he knew them all well! * We reviewed the new list we started working on last week, and he knew most of them also! * He did a work sheet having to choose between two words to make a sentence correct, then use the other one in a personal sentence - he did it all great. * He read a story using the vocab words, and answered questions - again, all done very well. * He has an incredible memory and detailed recall!! * He is one special boy!!"
"We began with a review of China words for Friday's quiz. We spent the bulk of the session reviewing Figurative Language and Words of Persuasion. We watched a video on allusion and reviewed several lessons I had found online. Toward the end of the session, we briefly discussed the student's Mythology final project -- a diorama he will create. I asked him to review his China words for the next session and to write a draft description of his diorama; the description is due Friday."
"Today, we spent our time carefully discussing the first chapter of "A Wrinkle of Time." We spent time mapping out descriptions of each character, as well as the family dynamic. We looked for the clues given in the text to make predictions about what was happening. Learning to do this sort of analysis through fiction teaches students to look for subtle ways of relaying information; those alternate forms of relaying information can then be translated into writing. For our next session, we'll discuss chapter two and possibly do some short writing exercises on character descriptions and relating this story to others. The student already made a great connection between the three women in the story (Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which) and the three ghosts in Dickens' Christmas story."
"Today, we started out doing some work with pronunciation. We also did some work on verb forms: present tense (3rd person singular) and present perfect tense (use of past participles). Finally, we quickly drafted an email reply telling someone who was seeking some information to contact a different person."
"Today, we started the outline for a speech that will be due in 2 weeks. We structured and wrote an academic paragraph explicating questions about a book the class is currently reading. We also read through science homework and paraphrased specific sections to answer questions. We'll meet on Monday nights until the Christmas break so the student will have support on the avalanche of assignments coming in until then!"