Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with Student 1 on understanding the text and concepts of medieval romance for Arthur and Lancelot stories. I worked with Student 2 on fine-tuning an essay on the 13th amendment. We discussed revisions to improve basic sentence structure and the concise and figurative expression of ideas within the essay."
"We focused on expanding the student's previous essay. We went over how to tweak his thesis statement in order to more directly answer the prompt. He is struggling most with generating his own content. He is supposed to continue developing his essay so we have something to go over next time. He received an A- on his last assignment."
"Today the student and I went through his final essay draft. We spent time reworking his introduction and adding footnotes to his essay. This process was a long one, but I think his essay has turned out well, and I think it's much stronger than it was a few drafts ago. The next essay he writes will benefit from this practice and the lessons he learned about the writing process."
"Student A and I worked on memorizing the map of the United States for an upcoming play he has. Then, we worked on geometry, reviewing quadrilaterals, parallelograms, what perpendicular and parallel means, and different types of angles. Student B and I continued reading Guardians of Ga'hoole. He is becoming more engaged in the text and really getting a feel for when he needs to stop and ask what a word means."
"The student and I went over her reading comprehension. I spent some time with her reviewing her homework and helping her to skim over the passages to find the most important information. I taught her the trick of reading the questions first so she knows what to look for while she is reading. We then did some sight word exercises using some game-like programs online and word searches. I then had her pick out a book and read aloud to me while I wrote down the words that she struggled with to use later as sight word flashcards. I told her that we would continue to read the same book and I would read it as well. I gave her the first three chapters of the book to read before our next session and told her I want her to be able to summarize it for me. I am also going to make up a quiz focusing on details from the text that she will need to remember."
"I met with the student for his tutoring session on reading comprehension. We read two stories and I asked him to highlight the keywords and/ or sentences that he saw. He responded well. I then had him read the vocabulary words and choose the correct way the word was used in the story. When he thoroughly understood why he was explaining the use of the vocabulary in the story, we continued with answering the questions related to the story. He went back to the highlighted sentences and answered the questions adequately, and for next session I want him to put the response in his own words."