Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student read a few pages of her own selection to me from the first chapter of her book. She gave me her opinions of the main character and we practiced several idiomatic expressions such as "in passing", "be removed from", and "have a crush on". Then we reviewed our expressions from the previous day in greater depth. For homework, she will be writing several sentences using new vocabulary from her book, from either the first or second chapter which she will be reading for next Saturday. For next Friday, she will be writing a few sentences using "even if" and "even though"."
"We continued to work on speaking and reading. As an exercise, I asked the student to verbally incorporate a state name and two words from a list, into sentences that he spoke to me. For extra practice at home, I provided him with this list of words and suggested that he create more sentences."
"We mainly worked on an assignment of the student's due for English class on Monday. Within the writing assignment, we worked directly on his grammar out of necessity - usage of paragraph intro & outro phrases, as well as appropriate use of particles & prepositions. We also worked on his critical thinking & expressing complex ideas from his mind over the entirety of a written text - paragraph & idea formulation, as well as well as cohesive structures."
"We furthered our discussion about study strategies, and he made his own task list for finishing the assigned book by the due date. I think he made huge strides with this, in finding which tools work specifically for him in studying. We also discussed finding the main ideas in a piece of literature, and how to better contextualize passages in order to identify the preeminent themes. He still is having trouble focusing when he reads, but we talked about ways to take notes to stay involved, and to talk about what he has read afterwards. He is incredibly smart and knows what he needs to do, and I have the highest hopes for him."
"We got the student ready for his first day of school tomorrow. We worked on learning videos with shapes, colors, numbers, months, and phonic sounds. We worked on writing his name, date, and other school-related words."
"We had a discussion about Moll Flanders, focusing on themes like female perspective and desire, and possibilities and limitations in love in the 18th century. We discussed background to the Georgian period, industrial revolution, and some of the religious movements. We really explored Defoe's possible perspectives in writing an important work exploring women's rights, and also the development of the genre novel."