Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I brought my copy of Gulliver's Travels and showed the student various passages. I think Jonathan Swift is a good introduction to older/18th century literature -- it's a good sneak peek into high school reading, because the sentences tend to be long and complex, and filled with interesting, advanced vocabulary. I wanted to provide him with an extra challenge today. We diagrammed some extra long sentences -- I showed him how to "translate" complicated sentences into more readable, modern day language. He did pretty well with the challenge. We encountered some words that gave us a good opportunity to talk about double meanings, and how sometimes words change over time. We also got a chance to identify various types of clauses. I asked him to use his current vocabulary words to create his own sentences, with similar clauses. He said that the language was challenging, but I think it was good for him to see the difference between what he's reading now and what he will work up to over time."
"Review homework: essay; draft essay, in class discussion of essay draft - grammar, mechanics and style, assigned essay and reading comprehension. The student wrote a much improved essay."
"Revised and practiced for writing portion of the exam on next day. The student has built up a lot of confidence since starting and looks ready to handle long response problems on his own."
"The student continued reading the story from his textbook, "Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain." There is a good amount of vocabulary in this story that is unfamiliar to him, so we are working on the meaning of many terms and then their meaning within the context of the sentence and story. We then go back over what has been read to ensure he is comprehending. I questioned him for a summary after a sentence, paragraph, and after a few paragraphs. He was also given critical thinking and discussion questions to give him the needed push to further his recall and analysis of what he is reading. I re-explained to him the concept of persuasive writing. I used an analogy and then he used an analogy of his own. This showed me he recalled our previous discussion about persuasive writing. He continued writing his second and third point (prewriting) for his persuasive writing piece."
"The student continued to annotate and formulate responses for her reading assignments. We finished covering two of the essays assigned by her professor. She continues to show improvement in recalling rhetorical devices and utilizing them in her writing."
"The student continued to finish writing post-it note reactions to various sections of the book Bud Not Buddy."