Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was a very simple session. The student read a very short story and completed a writing prompt as usual. Her mistakes were much fewer than usual, which we were both pleased to see. We then studied some grammar; she learned the future perfect tense and how to use it. Finally, we practiced her cursive. She has now been walked through the capitals and lower case letters of every letter in the alphabet, and we will continue to practice. I am currently in the process of choosing a summer project for her, as well."
"The student has a paper to write based on the research he previously did for his science class on sustainability and potato chip manufacturing. It's a long paper (4 pages) that requires him to do a lot more research/ evidence collection to support his thesis statement. I helped him outline the paper very broadly and we worked together on the introduction. The paper is due next Friday and I will meet with him one more time before then. I told him that he should finish collecting sources and information for his 4 pieces of evidence by next Monday, so that we can focus on the analysis and conclusion together, and then he'll have everything he needs to string his outline together into a complete paper during the week."
"Today we worked on some math warm up worksheets. One was angle measurements, the newest topic in class, and one was a large number multiplication worksheet. We worked on diagramming sentences and analyzing the parts of speech. Finally we did fill in the blanks for appropriate connotation and style."
"The student and I worked on two essays, one of which was a synthesis essay on the subject of space travel and the other was an analysis of the issue of environmentalism. We then finalize his stem cell project. Overall, the student's prose seems to have improved and his style gotten better."
"The student had a math test this coming Tuesday. He completed the review with minimal difficulties and created a set of notes for himself. In the final minutes of the session, I had him read and edit his argumentative essay he has been working on. The essay has better form and argumentation than before."
"I first began by reviewing some important principles of writing that the student will experience when he goes to high school the next year. Then we reviewed all the important writing skills such as: writing compound and complex sentences, using adverb and adjective modifiers at the beginning of sentences, usage of the passive voice, and transitional phrases. After showing examples and discussing each of these skills, I then gave him a written assignment where he used each of those techniques. We lastly reviewed how to identify and use noun, adjective, and adverb clauses."