Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on some more vocabulary exercises online. We are continuing to integrate our vocabulary lessons with speaking exercises, bolstered by contextual examples, word roots, related words and colloquialisms. We talked about how "in-" at the beginning of a word usually means "not", although this is notably untrue in examples like "ingenious" and "inflammable". We went into depth with words with harder-to-pin-down connotations such as "implied" and "irony". We placed some words into the context of a sentence with related words to better illustrate their use and meaning (e.g. "The bus driver's 'sarcastic' tone made it clear that she was not having a good day," "He has a 'knack' for guessing a person's weight"ù). We also delineated words referring to a specific medical or psychological condition from their slang counterparts ("pyromania" and "kleptomania" often refer more casually or playfully to personal quirks, while "schizophrenic" is commonly used as an adjective to denote haphazard organization or generic variety)."
"The student worked on her English homework. Her Romeo and Juliet test ended up being on a really different topic than she had anticipated, so in the future we're going to go over what she needs to accomplish more carefully and make sure that she continues to study outside of tutoring. We started working on Lord of the Flies, where she had to learn some vocab words. She wrote all her sentences using examples from Twilight, which is her favorite book, and it really helped her learn. She also worked on her Biology homework, which was about the pros and cons of cloning."
"The student and I spent the hour playing scrabble. I helped him out a little, but he seemed to grasp the idea. He needs to work on a strategy for developing words out of random letters. I think having a scrabble day once a week for him will help him be more flexible with his vocabulary."