Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In my time with the student today, we worked on a grammar review for her pre-compositions that are coming up. She had an extensive packet of grammar review to go through, which is pretty much what we worked on for the session. In French, we focused on review of nouns/prepositional phrases/verb phrases etc. Since her pre-comps are starting next week, we are also going to meet on Wednesday to continue grammar review."
"Today we went over two English homework assignments. We read an excerpt and took notes on it. We then brainstormed, and the student completed the first paragraph of a college essay."
"The student had to create a "mind map" for a character from Romeo and Juliet, for whom she needed to select several important quotations to represent the character's personality and development and draw images inside the outline of a face to represent those characteristics. She chose Romeo. Her overall assessment of Romeo's nature and development showed understanding of the character, and she knew where to look in the play for quotes to support her assessment, though I also advised her on a couple. When we came to the actual drawing, the student's ideas of what images to draw further showed an understanding of the character and ability to represent it visually. I helped her embellish her mind map with a few additional image ideas, and she demonstrated that she understood my suggestions and how they fit into her overall concept. She seemed pretty enthusiastic about this project."
"This morning, the student continued reading about the Panama Canal. We made progress in the assigned readings for this week. Additionally, he has a link for the midterm study guide, which ideally we can tackle on Wednesday."
"This session, the student and I continued to work on her usage of the past and past progressive verb tenses in conversation. I assigned her to finish the assignments I gave to her last week including past and past progressive exercises and reading an article."
"This session, the student and I focused on some concepts that were new to him being as though the terminology is different in his new school. He and I worked through base 10 grouping. Using longs and cubes, he was drawing representative pictures for various numbers, as well as analyzing pictures of longs and cubes and writing the number they represented. His new district will be using base 10 blocks for a variety of skills throughout his elementary years, so it is important that he understands what the pictures represent. We also worked through a math packet that required skills such as graphing, adding, subtracting, and telling time. He appeared comfortable with all of those skills yet needed additional processing time. For reading, he read through three chapters of a short Stilton chapter book. He was having great conversations as he read, predicting and questioning things that were happening in the story. This was excellent to see and the skills that great readers do."