Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student offered updates from his class last week and on the readings they have started this week. He got a 100% on his reading quiz last week, which is great since we spent a lot of time last week analyzing and dissecting that reading. Next, we spent time discussing the reading they did in class today and his understanding of the text. We also read some additional readings posted on the course syllabus to try to get ahead. The remainder of the session was spent discussing the student's term paper for history. We discussed his topic and MLA formatting resources."
"Today was very exciting because I tested the student and saw clearly the effects of steady learning. We reviewed her two essays written in response to two different prompts. They were very good, and she had used an appropriate amount of time for each. Her structures were strong and the logic perfect. I gave her a spelling test based on business stories from today's newspaper, and she did well. Then I gave her a new prompt and a limited amount of time--25 minutes--to come up with a working essay. She did it. The prompt asked her to explain the significance for the business world of this quote from a Roman general: "If one desires peace, prepare for war." I was supremely impressed by her quick understanding. She had never seen the quote before, but she quickly handled it, explaining and demonstrating her point. We agreed to meet tomorrow. We will discuss her essay assignment on the business prospects of Sam Ma, the president of Alibaba."
"On Monday, we had our first session. He did not have any specific homework to work on, so I used the time to assess his writing and grammar mechanics. I had him complete a punctuation quiz and a writing prompt. Overall, he struggles with correctly punctuating his writing and structuring his essays. However, this seems to stem from a simple lack of awareness about how to write an assignment. When I went over what he was doing wrong, he said that it all made sense, which is a good sign that he is capable of improving his work. For future sessions, I intend to help him with making outlines for his assignments and by helping him identify the correct use of punctuation."
"The student and I had a very good session today. She has come a very long way since we started to work together at the beginning of the summer. She has taken the well-made essay prewriting process into her own hands. For our last session and today, we have switched our focus to finding her voice as a writer. This will help with longer projects in high school, as well as combat one of her remaining challenges, which is that she still occasionally gets paralyzed about what to write. Overall, an excellent session."
"Student L had just finished A Wrinkle in Time, and as soon as she sat down was very eager to talk about Aunt Beast, a new character from the end of the book. She decided to write her paragraph about Aunt Beast, but she had some difficulty with that. She found it very easy to see the actions of the characters, but identifying her own emotional reactions was very hard for her to talk about and write about. She did end up getting through that paragraph. With Student E, she had read the three articles, and was very eager to talk about them (they were journal and newspaper articles about spies and chemical weapons). She had a very easy time writing a paragraph of annotated bibliography for each source, except for one article. I also found it to be a complicated read, so we decided to pick a new article, and read and wrote a paragraph of annotation on that for next session."
"Today we blended sounds and built sight words for 1st and 2nd grade levels. He worked very hard and correctly completed each assignment. Once he engages and succeeds he pushes through calmly. He spelled sight words and worked on consonant digraphs to hear sounds of short and long vowels. Today was a win in progress when he was enthusiastic about pushing through team reading and correctly placed sounds in proper order."