Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued to work with the internal prompt format. We reviewed assignments # 5-8 together before he submitted Portfolio 2. He was very curious about various aspects of college. I was able to explain to him that although he may only have 2 classes a day for college, each credit hour is equivalent to 3 hours of homework/studying. I explained the concept of credit hour, how many credit hours a class is usually worth, and how to improve your time management skills so work is done before the deadline. As before, he was more engaged and motivated following this discussion. We will continue tomorrow with Portfolio 3. I left him in charge of editing an essay to make it speech ready and recording it. His mother and I discussed the next step in his completing the course; he is to complete a series of speedbacks, which quiz on the assignments he's already completed. Before he submits these, I will review them and suggest that he revisit questions that may be wrong."
"Today we continued to work on Student 1 and Student 2's literary analysis essays. Student 1 had successfully written the draft of a thesis statement for homework. While the central idea was strong, it was a little too long; I explained to her that the thesis statement should be concise, and that she could save all the extra examples for the body paragraph of her essay. Student 2 struggled a bit with coming up with a thesis statement, so we discussed the stories and tried to find the central problem or theme. She was able to come up with a thesis statement, after we discussed different types of thesis statements and that it didn't need to be argumentative to be opinionated. They both brainstormed examples to support their thesis statements. For homework, I assigned them to write the first drafts of their essays."
"The student and I prepared for her English final by reviewing grammar concepts, practicing poetry analysis, and reviewing the characters, plots, and common themes."
"The student and I spent the session working in depth on his writing. He had completed an assignment in which he proposed starting a physical education class for his school due to the gym being closed. We reviewed how to create a compelling thesis and how to structure an argument in a four body paragraph. He will write another, similar essay for next week about increasing security on public transportation. We also reviewed the vocabulary he has been working on, which he knew very well."
"The student and I spent this session discussing his free-reading choice for his ELA class. We worked on synopsizing to cull main ideas, I had him do a writing exercise to discuss and unpack an important point in his novel, and then we talked about overall structure of paragraphs and essays. Next week, we will be working on annotation."
"The student and I started by going through his book-bag to organize a few loose papers. He had a reading assignment to complete. We read pages 35-55 of the Strange Case of the Origami Yoda, which he enjoyed. He can read fluently, but he sometimes becomes distracted and asks questions unrelated to the text. I provided him with a reading strip to help him stay focused. When we finished reading, he had to complete a characterization sheet about the emotions of certain characters in the story. I helped him find quotes in the story, and we cited them correctly. He also had to fill out some vocabulary pertaining to the story. Lastly, he and I looked over his social studies assignment and we spoke about organization techniques. He responded positively to this. We also spoke about providing a chart to record his grades."