Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did not have any schoolwork for this weekend, so we focused upon vocabulary usage and grammar fundamentals. His retention of definitions and his improvement with spelling is significant, but I want to work with him in applying his new knowledge to improving simple sentences. To this end, I gave him a set of 10 sentences with simple words and phrases for him to replace with more sophisticated vocabulary words. For example, for the sentence "I can't see the lighthouse, it's too far away," he needed to find a replacement for "far away." He correctly chose the vocabulary word "remote" from memory. He was able to replace all underlined words correctly from memory with 7/10 of the sentences. We continued to work with rules for comma usage. We viewed a PowerPoint detailing examples of introductory elements that need a comma placed after them. He was able to successfully place the comma in 7/10 of sentences with introductory elements in an online activity."
"Student and I completed our final session for the year today. She worked on a speech and research paper finals for her English course. We completed them together."
"The student and I continued work on her summer assignment for honors British Literature. We discussed the meaning and themes of a pivotal scene in Macbeth and began to build a thesis."
"The student and I talked about the structure of a few types of rhetorical modes: descriptive and process analysis. We read sample paragraphs and discussed the elements of each and then he wrote a paragraph describing a process. We are going to be reading "Ball Don't Lie" and pulling different paragraph types out of the book to analyze."
"The student and I talked through what he likes and dislikes about his English classes and school overall. I reviewed some of his writing samples, had him write a short response, and asked him to edit his previous work to identify areas for growth. We also talked with his dad to set goals and a timeline for the summer."
"The student and I took a break from ACT practice at her mom's request, so that we could tackle her summer reading project. We read two of her six articles, talked about her reaction to them, organized her ideas, and she wrote drafts of her responses. I asked her to send me drafts of two other articles, and to bring the final two next week."