Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed what author the student should write a paper on for her American Novelists class. She can write two 7 page papers for her final project. We did not land on a final author, but brainstormed on Nathaniel Hawthorne and others."
"The student and I reviewed his paper for his poetry class. Prior to the session, I gave him feedback suggesting that he add an introduction and more clearly answer the prompt's request for a resolution to an aesthetic dilemma. During the session, we went through and fixed grammatical errors, and the student also retooled his theory of the first poem. For homework, he is going to complete an outline for his upcoming essay."
"The first thing the student did during this lesson was to practice doing a full ACT practice writing prompt, and help him to restore his confidence for the ACT test. He did complete the essay in the standard allotted time of 35 minutes, and then we reviewed it together. The student had excellent grammar in his essay, but he needed to take a clear "yes" or "no" answer, as well as provide a few more examples. We will continue to practice ACT writing in future sessions. Then we had some fun, and talked about his other essay again. He finished up the first body paragraph over Pride, and then crafted his transition into his second body paragraph about Greed. He did an excellent job with the Pride paragraph, and I know that he will do just as wonderful in his Greed paragraph! He should have that paragraph complete by the start of our next session."
"The student was eager to have me test her multiplication skills, so we used flashcards for the first part of her session. She is getting better and better at remembering the products of the numbers without hesitating. She then showed me three new Junie B. Jones books she was eager to read, and we picked one and read a couple of chapters from it. To end the session, she chose a passage from one of my reading comprehension workbooks and read it to me and answered the questions. They were a little more difficult than previous ones in that they were not multiple choice but required short answers, which often could not be found by merely rereading the text. When she hesitated, I tried to give her subtle hints to point her in the right direction."
"The student was pretty focused today, and I was pretty impressed with her. Usually she resists reading a book and asks to do another activity instead. However, we read a book about Sparkle the Unicorn and she remained pretty enthusiastic. I had her repeat sections in different voices and we even had a stuffed unicorn to represent Sparkle. Her fluency has greatly improved; she can read at least two sentences without pausing. After we read the book, we did a little craft to mimic the newspaper ad illustrated in the book. I had her write the words, which she did well with a little spelling assistance. "Owned by" was particularly difficult for her. She was focused, and continued to work on it as I was leaving."
"The student was pretty well focused today. We read a fiction and a nonfiction story. He does really well when he is presented with multiple-choice questions, but he is still struggling with short answer questions. I think that adding the writing to tutoring will help. I will continue to model for him and ask him to try questions independently as well."