Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student reviewed the outline that he started last week comparing The Lottery with The Hunger Games. He spent some time looking for quotes about the setting in each story and I gave him some tips about skimming through material that he's already read looking for quotes. We also talked at length about the types of quotes he's looking for-- in particular quotes that convey a feeling verses quotes that explicitly prove the argument you're trying to make. I left him with an assignment to find quotes for the rest of his outline before our session on Wednesday so that we could review them and figure out which would work best for his thesis together."
"The student and I worked on his thesis paper for World History. Specifically, we looked over the sources he gathered so far and worked together to come up with some ideas for thesis statements, as well as some lines of reasoning to support the thesis."
"At the beginning of the session, I had the student free-write into a notebook for five minutes in order to get into the right mindset. She brought another assignment to this session - one that did not count towards her grade, but towards her academic progress in the most general sense. Together, we drafted an outline: created a thesis, added evidence to each point of the thesis, and made a central claim for her conclusion. I let her work alone on the actual writing portion of the essay for short increments, in between which we would regroup and read over what she had written. I found this method effective - it allowed her to get more writing done for us to analyze and improve."
"I introduced -it words. The student completed a color-by-word worksheet. We made and read 3 -it flip books as well as made an -it word book that she filled in with the -it words. She made -it words with magnet letters and practiced writing them. She read -it sentences and filled in the blanks. We ended by practicing on the iPad."
"I assisted the student with her math and her vocabulary. I helped her to complete a vocabulary section and after this we talked about the Pythagorean theorem. I explained it to her and gave her some practice problems. She did a good job today."
"We covered the student's previous tests and essays. He shows that he is an intelligent young individual, but he sometimes misunderstands the question. I suggested for him to always read the question carefully before answering it. He was open to my advice. We also went over the beginning 2 scenes of Romeo and Juliet, which is a book assigned to him. I helped him interpret the areas he had to read, and I suggested for him to reread the areas I assigned so he would better understand the material."