Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on English problems with adverb clauses, then we diagrammed sentences. We then began practice with angles and area in Math."
"Reviewed Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet. Outlined figurative language, allusions, themes, motifs, etc."
"The students and I met for the first time today and jumped right in with language. Both students were very excited to tell me about the books they are reading right now. The first student read me a few pages from her novel, and then she and I spent some time talking about what happened in the story. The second student had a good grasp of what she read, but sometimes had trouble finding the words to express herself. The second student told me at length about what had happened in her book. The second student is clearly comfortable with reading in English and truly enjoys reading. I would suggest that she try more challenging literature that will help expand her vocabulary. After talking about the books, the students and I held a conversation about their favorite things. I asked them about their favorite foods and some of their favorite places. The first student had a lot to say, but sometimes wasn't sure how to say it. Often, she would ask her sister in Russian for the English word, but I tried to encourage her to see what she could do on her own. Circumlocution is a crucial technique for second language learners to build connections. The second student communicated fluidly, but I still want to find a conversation topic that she is really interested in. Finally, we looked at some writing and spelling. The first student wrote some sentences describing herself, and did a fantastic job with them and the spellings of all words therein. We had a little fun when she described herself as a 'member of shoes' but it gave her an opportunity to explain what she meant with her creative use of language. For homework, I asked that they both write stories about themselves that involve detailed descriptions of places and events."
"Today, we covered the etymology we have been working on this week. Then, we went over vocabulary and grammar. Specifically, we focused on independent and dependent clauses, subordinate clauses, conjunctions, fragments and run-ons, and direct versus indirect objects. Lastly, we went over brainstorming and outlining strategies."
"Today, we covered vocabulary. When the student finds a word he is not familiar with, he wants to know the meaning. We went over many words from his prep guide and defined them. We read some sample essay prompts. We covered a good bit of material, and he was able to grasp more of the reading when he knew what these words meant."
"Today, we did more practice with the unwrap strategy and the other comprehension strategies. We also added more Greek and Latin word parts to the student's list and practiced analogies that revolved around tools and their uses and users."