Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met with the student at a coffee shop. We went over three things during the hour: an essay on "Macbeth" for his English class, an application for a summer tutoring position with a program for middle school students, and a fan assignment from his US History course on LBJ and the major programs of his presidency. He had been given three choices for the Macbeth passage commentary essay, and after discussing the relative merits of each (two soliloquies by Macbeth and one scene between Lady M and M), he seemed persuaded that the scene with the interaction between Lady M and M offered a richer entry point into the dynamic of the play than the other two. After 10 minutes of further discussion, he seemed to have a clear thesis. The application essay was made a good deal easier by the list of questions provided, and my main advice to him, beyond the advice on my tips sheet, was not to exceed the maximum length specified -- and, of course, to proofread carefully before submitting it (it's due May 2). With the remaining seven minutes, we discussed his short answer responses to a US History quiz on LBJ and the Great Society, the War on Poverty, and the Vietnam War. We are planning to meet next week at a time to be confirmed with his mom."
"We worked on a rewrite of an English paper on an African American author and how his stories used historical context and allusions to weave a narrative within history."
"I started the Student 1's lesson by reviewing her spelling and vocab words from last week. Afterwards, I gave her several worksheets that reviewed grammar concepts and introduced passage editing. I then gave her a timed writing assignment and told her to use an outline to help with her organization; the outline did indeed help and her paper was significantly more organized and specific than her previous ones. Finally, we wrapped up the lesson by going more in depth with sentence diagramming. For Student 2, I also began the lesson by reviewing spelling and vocab words. She was able to spell every word correctly. Afterwards, we went over and edited a school paper she had written in the past. While she is a very good writer, she struggles a bit with graceful transitions, being specific, and organization. I discussed how to improve in all of these areas and gave her another writing assignment for next week so we can focus on improving these particular weak points."
"We reviewed and made goals for student. He wishes to expand conversational skills and learn a bit of grammar. Student seems eager to learn the English language. For the next lesson, worksheets will be included in the session."
"We learned a lot of new things yesterday during the student's tutoring session. I taught her how to do long division and we brushed up on her multiplication skills. I am so surprised she grasped the long division concept so well after just one problem! She never gets discouraged when we are doing challenging work. We also completed a parts of speech game where I introduced to her conjunctions and prepositions. We will talk about interjections next week and brush up on all of the parts of speech she learned yesterday. We had a great session!"
"We read a couple familiar books, and the student did well with a combination of echo-reading the harder words (repeating them after me) and co-reading with me (we slowly sounded out words together). He recognized a fair amount of sight words on his own, too. We then practiced two-letter sounds such as "th," "ng," "ch," and "sh," as well as two-letter vowel sounds, which he struggled with, but we will continue to practice!"