Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on essay writing structure, different kinds of effective evidence for one's argument, and I asked the student to write an essay on whether or not Led Zeppelin was a hugely influential rock band and to include 10 example paragraphs (consisting of a few sentences each) to support his argument to be completed and scanned to me for correction by this Saturday."
"We practiced active reading strategies with a challenging nonfiction article, focusing on textual evidence, main ideas, supporting details, voice, figurative vs. literal language, connotation and denotation, persuasion vs. informational text, and other higher order thinking skills. She will bring a poem for us to analyze together at our next meeting. We touched on allusion again, discussed a common literary allusion (Machiavelli), reviewed a brief article on identifying voice in literature which we applied to the article we had first read, reviewed vocabulary strategies and completed practice test questions, and played two vocabulary games online. In briefly reviewing some of our vocabulary before leaving, she demonstrated that, while she is able to use and apply our literary vocabulary in context, she has difficulty explicitly stating a definition for some of these terms. We will address this in our session on Friday."
"The student and I spent this session going over the long reading comprehension passage I had assigned to him as homework last week. Right now, the verbal section seems to be the most difficult one for him, partially because he doesn't always know the meanings of the words used. Hopefully his vocabulary will have grown considerably by the time he does take the SAT, and this will no longer be a problem. I tried to help his pronunciation of words when he read the questions out loud. The word "social" was particularly difficult for him because of the difference between the "s" sound and the "sh" sound (in the "cial" part of the word.) I had him repeat the word a few times, until he was able to pronounce it correctly. I also told him the rule of using the word "a" in front of words that start with a consonant, and "an" in front of words that start with a vowel. He had never heard this rule before. Overall, knowing this should help both his ability to score higher on the essays he writes as well as the way he speaks English. He had written the last essay I had given him, so I took it home to read after I got home. His homework for our next session is both to write another essay (What place in the world would you like to travel to, and why?) and to learn the meanings of more words, using some more flashcards I told him to make."