Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed his upcoming thesis paper in English. Although we do not have any specific details (such as length, due date, etc.), we discussed the general concept of the paper and reviewed a few sources. His thesis is, essentially, that controlled use of controversial medication will benefit the athlete, the team, and the spectator. His background knowledge on this topic is impressive, and if we can get his many ideas organized and supported, I believe he will have a fine paper. He shared three short articles which contained arguments both supporting his stance and offering counter arguments that he can deflect. The student told me that the assignment and its requirements will be officially discussed in Monday's English class. He will email me the particulars. We will try to set up an additional tutoring session before next Sunday."
"The session went very well. We went over gender roles in 12th century Europe, and, in particular, how to structure a college level essay. We focused specifically on avoiding summary and focusing on what exactly the question or prompt was asking."
"We took time to revise the entire draft of the student's history paper on the Anti-Chinese Riot of 1886. It was a huge paper with tons of research. I helped the student review the wording of some of his phrases, and I advised him on placing his in-text citations. I created and sent an exploratory homework sheet that teaches him how to use the nominative absolute, which is a way of tightening a sentence and plugging in more description."
"During our session we worked on short e sounds and played several games with the clay alphabet. We played a letter game. He seemed to really enjoy this activity and he was excited about keeping score and writing our words on his big paper notepad. We read Splat the Cat and he did very well with reading comprehension questions and sounding out the difficult words. His reading has really improved and he takes time to sound out each letter in the words he doesn't know. We finished by playing some spelling games, including hangman, on his giant paper. Overall he was very enthusiastic and did a great job figuring out harder words."
"We reviewed the student's homework and vocab words. She is getting a lot better with the stories and chapter writers he is writing every week, as long as he takes his time with them and writes carefully. We did some semantic work also, questions on the book Night."
"The student and I had a more relaxed session as she has now taken the state assessment test! She feels confident that she did well and I'm very proud of her. We started off by finishing the word search (it was a big one) and then she completed her homework word sheet, consisting of spelling and defining. She did great!"