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Recent Portsmouth English Tutoring Session Notes

English Tutoring review by Elizabeth in Portsmouth
This session I worked with the students on their vocabulary homework. Each student had several activities they needed to do in their vocab workbooks. We worked through the problems and spent time examining particular words that were troubling for them (presumptuous, garish, rheumatism, etc.) Then we discussed strategies for studying for their cumulative vocab tests coming up in a few weeks.
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English Tutoring review by Susan in Portsmouth
This was our first session. The student and I read over the letter from his upcoming high school. He needs to read Of Mice of Men and write a paper about it. He decided to write his paper about the relationship between the two main characters. I want the sessions to be very collaborative and I'm sure with time him will feel more comfortable and we'll build a rapport. I want him to feel comfortable and look forward to building his confidence up! I suggested that we compare and contrast the two characters as we read. This is done with a double bubble - thinking map. We made copies of a map I drew so the student can add details throughout the book. These details will help show their relationship. So far one is more of the leader and the other is more of the follower. We also started taking notes for each page or few pages. He writes down a few plot points for comprehension and then focuses more on information that is inferred or stated to support their relationship. This can also include quotes and page numbers. The double bubble map and notes will help keep the information fresh and provide guidance when typing the paper. We planned out a schedule for reading until I see him on Thursday. He'll continue the notes and double bubble map. I look forward to seeing his progress. We'll also work on the other reading sections he has been assigned.
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English Tutoring review by Alexia in Portsmouth
Following our tutoring session on Tuesday, the student and I agreed that it would be helpful for her to have a chance to practice her presentation with me by video chat. At first, she was slightly hesitant with her presentation, so I suggested she put the notes aside, and just tell me the presentation as if she was telling me a story, rather than trying to remember a script. She did so and went through it easily. I think this showed her that she did in fact know her presentation very well and did not need to worry so much about the exact wording of the script. By the end of the hour, she did a great practice run. I hope her presentation went well!
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English Tutoring review by Tom in Portsmouth
*We discussed types of rhetorical devices such as allegory, alliteration, allusion, cacophony, oxymoron, paradox, symbolism, eulogy, elegy, hyperbole, tone, etc. We then spent some time analyzing William Blake's poem "A Poison Tree," discussing its structure and meaning. We finished with practice reading passages and responding to multiple choice questions about them and briefly touched on organizing an essay. *The student mentioned that poetry analysis, specifically with regards to tone/meaning, was what he was told to focus on for improvement. We agreed that when in doubt, always move away from generalizations. *The student is bright and obviously a very good student. *He is particularly strong on the multiple choice and adopting a solid elimination strategy.
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English Tutoring review by Paul in Portsmouth
This evening's session was focused on guiding the student in outlining and improving her essay for Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man." She had some good ideas, but also a few not-so-good ones. Between her teacher's feedback and my suggestions, we whittled away some of the less-good notions. We honed her thesis and then started lining up quotes and evidence to support the thesis. I also gave her my basic lesson on how to write a good conclusion, and she immediately saw how she could apply one of her earlier insights (which didn't really fit anywhere else) to match the structure I'd suggested. To my eyes, she has improved over the time I've worked with her. She's picking out good themes and making good connections. So I also worked on some confidence-building for her, suggesting that for rough drafts she doesn't necessarily need to think of a "perfect" way to say something: she should just set down her thoughts, and make them more presentable later on.
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English Tutoring review by Allysa in Portsmouth
The student did not work on Exam 2 on his own, so we continued to work on Exam 2. There were 5 questions left that I asked Brett to complete before our next session. This will allow us to begin Exam 3.
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