Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I started the session with Student 1, and we worked on some readings and answering questions about content. He did really well with the more straightforward questions but had a harder time with some of the more analytical ones. We will keep working on having him analyze text and convey his opinions and understanding of the text both verbally and in writing. I spent the second half of the session with Student 2. We finished The Cask of Amontillado and worked on some analysis of the text (discussing mood, foreshadowing, and working on some paraphrasing). We then finished the session off with her homework. She had to finish up some Cornell notes on how to be an "active reader," and we discussed techniques to get involved in a text and really get the most out of reading. She seemed to already know a lot of these methods, but we went more in depth and got some good ideas put down. I will bring more stories and comprehension work for both of them next time!"
"Today, student one and I started brainstorming for a writing prompt I gave him. We first came up with five larger ideas about the prompt, then spent the rest of the time fleshing out four of those ideas. He has to write out some ideas for the fifth one as homework. With student two, we read and talked about two Aesop fables and did some writing on them. Then, for his homework, I asked him to write a paragraph of his choice."
"Today, the student and I began the session by going over some of his new vocab words, the ones that are most likely to show up on the ACT. Then, we spent a great deal of time working on "The Hound of Baskervilles," and we did some close reading in order to answer the questions on his study guide. After that, we worked on the ACT Writing section, and began drafting his first practice essay. Finally, I left him a few tasks to complete before our next session."
"Today, the student and I began work on the reading log that his middle school will utilize during his upcoming fall semester. Every letter of the log itself alludes to a different writing assignment related to whatever book he may be reading at the time. This week, he read "The Hour of Magic" and answered a prompt on how the story's setting influenced the overall plot. Additionally, he also finished another handwriting worksheet, this time on the subject of black holes. His handwriting is showing consistent improvement as time goes on. I also introduced different colored ink pens so the task itself won't seem so monotonous."
"Today, the student and I began writing for the outline we finished last week. I wanted him to get back into the practice of writing, if only for a little bit, as we go into our final session next week. I had him work on a draft of a few paragraphs while I did the same, stopping periodically to review what he had done. After reading what he had written so far, with no editing, I think that he is at a perfect place to begin writing at, or above, the collegiate level."
"Today, the student and I discussed the PowerPoint. Our goal was to get him to understand the basics of PowerPoint and be able to create his own presentation. Some of the concepts we covered were slide layout, pictures, animations, transitions, graphs, charts, and others."