Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we wrote a few paragraphs and this time I asked the student to identify the subject and the predicate of each sentence. We also learned the difference between the past, present, and future tenses and I had her practice conjugating some simple verbs."
"Today, we looked over the student's lovely poem about Laguna Beach and discussed some possible ideas for revision to polish the poem for her portfolio. Then, we discussed four different poems about objects before having her write her poem for the week. She's chosen to write about a piece of sheet music being abandoned by its owner! She is very talented and fun to work with."
"I covered subject/verb agreement, keeping verbs in the same tense, and making sure that the student reads aloud her work in effort to catch minor errors."
"On Wednesday, the student completed her homework during the first 15 minutes of the session. She had a math and English worksheet to complete. She did well finishing them both on her own. Following that, I had her practice new sight words by reading each word aloud in a given list. She did well with very little help. After, she worked on three English worksheets: spelling, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. She did good on all of them. She has shown great progress in these areas. Towards the end of the session, she worked on writing a short story using some of the words she has learned. She drew pictures along with her story. Overall, she performed very well. I left two English worksheets for her to continue working on until our next session."
"We finished doing the grammar and style edits on the student's paper. She has been using a new grammar editing software, so we managed to get the entire thesis generally ready grammar and style-wise. That software and my tutoring aside, she has also clearly made improvements in her own writing and can readily identify mistakes that used to be problem areas. She has a great attitude toward my suggestions and a strong desire to improve. We have developed a good system where I point out areas that need clarification/elaboration, and she consistently comes back with those sections edited. We discussed a few grammar/style tips where I saw areas of confusion: the difference between a colon and a semi-colon, the difference between "which" and "that," among other concepts. Next time, we will look at the entire 60-page thesis as a whole and move on to improving her argument, sharpening her conclusions, and eliminating redundancy in her writing."
"We began the session by working on some mathematics homework the student had. He only asked me to check one problem for accuracy-the rest he felt confident with. Then he completed his Lunar Ice summary. Because we had time left in the session, he chose a 4-page article on skydiving to partner read. I read a section and then he read a section aloud. In our next session he will read and complete multiple choice and short answer questions while referencing the text for accuracy."