Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the format for the English assessment exam. He had taken the English exam before that was designed for 10th grade students, and that included questions based on works of literature covered during the school year. This year's exam will be more general and will cover passages and works of literature that were not covered in class. In the one hour time frame we covered sections one and two. The first section was a listening comprehension section where I read the passage from the exam twice. He then answered the questions. He then had five minutes to relax before he moved on to the passages from part two, the reading comprehension section, and answered about twenty to thirty questions about the passages. We reviewed his answers from the answer key and he had every question correct. Tomorrow we will be working on section three, which requires that the composes a short essay and interprets one of two or both passages. We will also complete the remaining sections of the practice exam. Excellent first session and prep."
"In response to my inquiry about what topics I should focus upon with the student this summer, his Language Arts teacher suggested fundamentals of writing and reading, such as sentence construction, word families, and multiple meanings. She also suggested having him compose paragraphs from his vocabulary words. Today, I focused upon working with multiple meanings and composing paragraphs with recent vocabulary words. I discussed with the student how homonyms could be different parts of speech and have differing pronunciations, depending on the meaning. I had him compose sentences using two different meanings of each word presented and he was able to do this easily. The student used 5 vocabulary words to create a paragraph. I illustrated for him how to brainstorm and how to relate the words to each other to form a story answering the questions "who, what, where, when, and how." He independently formed a coherent paragraph using all of the words correctly and needed minimal editing."
"Today the student and I reviewed his Romeo and Juliet text, highlighting the major part of the storyline and writing style. We then reviewed notes for his history final exam in preparation for his exam in two weeks."
"The student and I went over a list of points about what makes a good essay. We worked in the workbook and briefly talked about writing in first, second, and third person. The assignment was to rewrite the paragraph in first person. He talked about a story he started to read last session: Kai's Journey. We started to reread it together. We started with the setting and an explanation of the setting, and some important terms that help the reader understand part of the theme."
"The student and I went over a short vowel sound activity. He did a good job of reading and matching the items. We also created a reading key for a build a monster reading activity. Then we read "The Three Little Pigs." He had a great attitude and stayed focused today."
"The student and I went over a third passage in the reading comprehension portion of the practice exam. He got the questions all right, and his speed and confidence are improving. We also continued with the synthesis essay question we had started working on last session. In this session, we read and analyzed the first two of the sample student essays. We compared and contrasted a score of 8 to a score of 5. Next time, we will read through the third sample essay, and I will read through another synthesis prompt with him. He was great to work with as usual."