Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the 12 Greek gods and goddesses for an upcoming quiz in his English class on Wednesday. He was not provided a review sheet by his teacher, so he and I used an online resource to take notes on the 12 gods and goddesses, what they represented, their tools/ weapons, and family members. He seemed interested and motivated to complete his studying for the quiz. He had a clear idea of his teacher's expectations and was meticulous in his note-taking. For areas of improvement, we focused on strategies to determine what information should be included in his notes/ study guide. We emphasized that when given a large block of text describing a god or goddess, he should go through the text to find answers to his key questions (what the god represents, what his weapon is, whether he has siblings/ parents). I also encouraged him to use flashcards to review these key questions and their answers prior to the quiz on Wednesday. During the session, I helped him make flashcards for the quiz."
"This evening the student was preparing for his midterm exam in English. The area he's most concerned about is writing a five paragraph essay. Using the guidelines that his teacher had set, I first made sure he understood how the essay should organized and the content that should be included. We spent some time re-reading chapter 13 of "The Catcher in the Rye," and then brainstorming. He developed a thesis statement for the essay and made an outline that included an episode from the novel and an action performed by the character. The point of the essay is to discuss how a specific act reveals the character, and the student selected an important scene as well as two specific actions. As we discussed how to frame the essay, I asked him to use his own words to explain the main point about Holden Caulfield that he wanted to convey. He wrote several specific details to support the general ideas that could be incorporated into the actual essay."
"We started today's tutoring lesson with a review of some of the parts of speech: noun, adjective, verb, pronoun, proper noun, possessive noun, tense (past, present, and future), conjunction, colon, semicolon, and commas. Ali is nearing mastery level in this material (parts of speech). We then moved on to vocabulary development. We then moved on to grammar study. We finished today's lesson with a free write. After he finished writing, he read the passage to me. He is a strong writer. His writing is very descriptive (showing instead of telling). He is always very thoughtful in his choice of words that he uses in written passages. We will continue to work on writing in the lessons ahead. He is a very bright and motivated student."
"We covered vocabulary, and reading comprehension (e.g. application of certain vocabulary). He is always a bright light! He is enthusiastic at improving his skills and tries very hard to embrace any and all material every session. I use positive reinforcement, encouragement, and paralleling the material to everyday life. Always a win when I work with him! His effort is unparalleled!"
"We covered writing structured paragraphs in this lesson. The first thing the student did was write a one-paragraph narrative on his own. We then went through the process of writing a structured paragraph on his chosen topic. He edited the paragraph by himself, and afterwards, we looked through it together and made final corrections. He is very receptive to instruction. He was focused and on task. He did a wonderful job of fleshing out details in his writing. I did leave a sample college essay prompt for him to complete, as well as spelling practice. We will be covering some grammar exercises during the next lesson, and do some handwriting work."
"We dealt briefly with the temptation toward over-explanatory detail, discussing the verbal equivalent of Picasso's brush strokes. We also discussed the content of a new piece of writing by the student, moving between structure, style, and grammar/ syntax on the one hand, and content on the other."