Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent our hour editing his paper so far and discussing my suggestions for how the rest of his paper should look. He has a good "voice" in his paper and argues his point with passion; now he just needs to focus on the mechanics and usage of English in his sentences. The big issue is making sure to avoid the first- and second-person voice and making sure tenses are aligned within a sentence. Very good work overall!"
"During this session, the student and I did a close reading of a play which she is reading for her English class. We then identified themes and motifs present within the play. The student did an excellent job identifying examples of irony within the play. The student also demonstrated a keen understanding of the detrimental effects of close-mindedness, around which the play centers. For next week, I requested that the student be prepared to start compiling a study guide for her final in May."
"The student and I continued to work on his comparison/contrast essay. He reported that he did well on his novel test, so we are finishing this assignment just to practice skills in general. The student made some good revisions to his rough draft on his own, but he did not correct all of his mistakes because he was in a hurry. After I helped him to correct his errors, he recopied incorrectly, again due to hurry. He will rework this assignment to teach him to slow down and work carefully. He has done well, overall, though, so after he writes another final draft of the essay we will begin his summer reading book."
"During this, our first session, the student and I read and analyzed a short story of my choosing in order to assess his ability. Afterwards, we discussed an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story that he had read for class. The student has work to do on his analysis and I look forward to discussing "A Raisin in the Sun" with him next week."
"After a long break, due to unfortunate circumstances, the student and I met again for our first three hour session. The extended time did seem to be helpful, and we were able to cover a lot of material and questions. We started by reviewing the grammar we had already learned, and expanding upon that. We also did a writing exercise, looked at idioms and practiced using them, and discussed the material extensively. The student is great at asking questions and really studying the material to understand it."
"We developed strategies for planning and writing essays for the test-- read, underline, outline, write, reread. We read two practice passages and then answered an essay question on each. The student sometimes has difficulty identifying the key information that needs to be included in an essay, so we worked on reading the question first and making sure to underline relevant information as we read the passage."
"Yesterday the student and I worked on English vocabulary and math. He had studied his vocabulary beforehand and seemed to get most of the words, and by the end of the session he had the rest memorized. I also gave him some organization tips concerning timing his projects."
"The student had received her rough draft of her Nazi Germany essay back, so I helped her work on the final version. She corrected grammatical or spacing errors and also expanded on some of the quotes she had chosen for her essay, as one of her reviewers had suggested. She also rewrote some portions of the essay to make her points more clear. We spent a chunk of time reviewing how to cite sources both in the text and on the works cited page."
"Two vocabulary tests on Friday: English and Spanish. We made flash cards for both English and Spanish in preparation and I quizzed him extensively for both. He seemed positive and ready for both tests. We also talked about him possibly taking the preliminary entry exam over the summer to practice, and he seemed to think it was a good idea. We will talk more about it on Saturday."
"Reviewed English assignment on "Dante's Inferno". Discussed project ideas for creative assignment relating to creating one's own level of hell, focusing on what sin could be punished and what current historical figures could serve as guides and punished, reviewed terza rima rhyme scheme."
"Today, I introduced the student to 5 new American Idioms and slang terms. Furthermore, we discussed her plans for traveling to Korea and visiting her family. We talked about describing your home, along with what a perfect home would be. We also decided to use a different book for our next session. I left her with a sentence structure worksheet for homework."
"We began by looking at the essay the had written. His writing was organized and clear. He made fewer grammatical mistakes than last time. We did two exercises from the practice book, one reading and one listening. The reading was about different theories for aggression, and the listening was about an astronomical law. I reviewed with him on some of his vocabulary, and then we did some more work with conditionals. I asked him to find the definitions for 50 vocabulary words and do the short reading passages that go with them. I also gave him another essay to write for homework."