Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked solely on writing. I reviewed the student's work from our last session and gave him some tips on how to improve. He took some time to revise and enhance his outline for his first writing prompt. I explained to him the importance of creating a good outline for his essays. I told him if he put a lot of effort in his outline he would have a smoother transition into writing the actual essay. After he revised his outline he stated that he understood why it was so important to write his outline effectively. After he finished the outline I gave him another writing prompt and instructed him to do a pre-write and outline on the topic. I gave him a set amount of time to do his pre-write and we reviewed his ideas. He stated that he was struggling coming up with ideas, so we discussed some examples. I told him to not always think of the literal meaning of the prompt but to challenge himself to think outside of the box. Since he struggled with the pre-write process I gave him additional time to create some great ideas for his essay. I told him to finish the pre-write and complete the outline for homework. I reminded him of the constructive criticism that I gave him on his previous outline and to incorporate those suggestions. Next session we will review his outline and start writing the actual essay."
"We reviewed the student's work on a short essay for AP human geography. I tried to address as many items as possible, with a focus on organization."
"I covered specifically writing in an unfamiliar setting with distractions. The student struggled a little bit with distractions and with giving enough information for the reader to clearly understand without questioning. He has done great and has come a long way."
"The student began this lesson by finishing up his American Sign Language final, which consisted of taking some shorter video clips and combining them into one bigger one, and writing a script to go with it. He then shifted gears to his classwork, knocking out an article summary for his personal fitness class. I tried to make this an ideal opportunity for him to practice basic reading comprehension and summary skills. To that end, I pointed out certain elements, like how the introductory and concluding paragraphs can help one ferret out the main idea, and how any sentence with a number in it is a supporting detail and therefore contains insight to how the story's ideas are developed. I tried to get him to do as much of the actual writing as possible, and in the end, we had a product that I deemed suitable. I took a moment to break the ice with one of his math assignments before the session ended."
"The student had a Latin final to prepare for, so we worked through vocabulary memorization, declensions, and translation practice. She has a good grip on the grammar. I told her she would do better if she stopped to pay attention to the grammar endings when she translated."
"The students worked on 6th and 7th grade (and above) vocabulary. Our focus was on definitions, pronunciation, spelling, and correct usage. They used the vocabulary to produce creative writing (poetry) to demonstrate understanding and usage. They were given words for homework for continued practice."