Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued working on the homework assignment from the previous day about driving while talking on a cell phone. After reading another article together, I had the student start to write his assignment, and I corrected and helped him with what he wrote. I also gave him a good idea of what to do for the overall assignment and what to put into each paragraph."
"The student first let me know he got a 91 on his last paper - which was great news! He was really happy about it (as was I) so it set a great tone for our session. He had typed up his rough draft for the paper we worked on last week so we went through it together, editing and sprucing it up. He's made amazing progress, the amount we had to edit this time was probably half of what we did on his last paper. He had a great grasp of visual imagery and descriptive sentences, and also some great humor, too! We have 2 more sessions to go and those will be reviewing for his final exam and essay coming up."
"Student A: Went over thesis, guided through outline of paper, reviewed first draft. Student B: Guided through active reading of MLK, Jr. article, came up with study calendar for upcoming test, guided through the making of flashcards for test."
"Today we worked on English the whole time. We discussed what work the student has to do in Math and Science. We went over his exam study guide and then he is going to do his Math packet on his own. We are going to continue to study English tomorrow for his exam on Wednesday."
"The student's English final for his online course is this coming Monday. We spent our entire session going over the readings he has had so far this semester, dissecting them for symbolism. We also did a small amount of research on the authors, since his teacher has asked a few test questions in the past on author biographies. We finished the session with quizzes on different pieces. We only have poetry left to discuss, so I asked him to print out the poems they have studied in class, and identify the poetic devices used in each before our Thursday session."
"First, the student and I went over her new vocabulary words. As usual, we covered spelling, definition and part of speech. I also tried to help her come up with ways to remember the words. Next, we worked on subject and predicates through some worksheets that I brought. Lastly, since her school has started giving them ACT test prep, I went over the basics of the ACT test with her."
"Yesterday the student and I worked mostly on English since he had an essay due today. After some discussion, we chose a thesis and he did very well coming up with examples from Othello to support this thesis. He has clearly been keeping up with his reading of the play."
"The student and I reviewed adjectives, including prepositional phrases as adjectives, for a quiz he is having. We also reviewed for his Bridge to Terabithia test using a sheet from his teacher, identifying literary devices and finding examples of them and outlining two possible essays. He has a pretty good grasp of the story."
"The student and I began studying for his final exam in English, which will be in two weeks. During this session, we focused on commonly confused words. He struggles particularly with lie/lay, already/all ready, altogether/all together, though he occasionally will miss some others. I marked questions on the review guide for his mother to go over with him in the future."
"During this session, the student worked on her short story. I encouraged her to finish her story by our next meeting. She is struggling with the direction of her story, but I told her the only way to figure out what she wants to do with her characters is to write. We then discussed the last few stories we read. The student had trouble recalling basic plot points from the text. For next week, I told the student to be prepared to lead a close reading of one of the short stories. We then defined imagery and discussed its significance in literature. In order to strengthen her understanding of imagery, she is to identify the use of imagery in the last few short stories we have left to discuss. I also asked her to implement imagery into her own story."
"We spent time reviewing the characters, plot, and settings of the book he is reading. I found several practice quizzes to test the student on his knowledge of the book's story and details. Then, we spent the last part of the session working on some of his math homework on Chapter 10.1 - looking at three-dimensional figures such as cones and pyramids. We will review further for the student's book test on our session on Wednesday."
"The student and I did some preparation for her upcoming final exam. We discussed the exam prompt and tried to anticipate the kinds of short answer questions that might show up on the test. We discussed key passages from Catcher in the Rye and Jane Eyre. We practiced analyzing the passages and discussed how to write clear, argumentative statements with textual support."