Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"On Tuesday with the student we officially started her review for her AP English Language and Composition exam. She seems much more concerned with the multiple choice section of the exam, because she has done several in-class essays but very little work on the passage-based questions. We went through the structure of the test, how much time she will have for each section, what kind of skills and material will be tested, etc. We also went through how to actively read the passages, annotate, summarize the main idea, and strategies for finding information in the passages. She is going to do 2 short passage sections, and we are going to go over it during our next session."
"In our attempt to become as familiar as possible with the Analytical Essay from the AP Language and Composition Exam, the student and I reviewed about seven passages. My directions were for him to underline interesting diction, syntax, and ideas as he read these passages. After practicing this, I assigned him a particular passage and prompt and asked him to read it and write a free responses. The results of that writing will be scanned and sent to me for review before our next session. For homework, I asked the student to review the rhetorical modes, figurative language, and logical fallacies chapters in the prep book. I also assigned another analytical question which I hope will be scanned and sent to me before the next lesson After we review these two writings, we will begin on the argumentative essay."
"The student had an autobiographical essay to work on, so we spent the session planning (and writing) it. We brainstormed, marshaled the most salient ideas into blocks, turned those blocks into paragraphs, and then the student wrote. It turned out to be a good, solid, well-written essay."
"I assisted the student with a review of his homework. We began with a Language Arts worksheet that covered similes, metaphors, and idioms. We discussed the differences between them and he completed the handout. Then, I corrected his Math homework. I instructed him to slow down, take his time, and to be sure to read the instructions completely before attempting to solve a problem. Many of his mistakes come from rushing through his work. Then we reviewed a Vocabulary assignment that focused on 2nd grade-level words that begin with the letter D. The assessment gave multiple meanings of the word, then asked that he either define or fill in the blank with said words. Lastly, he completed a multiplication Math lesson online."
"This was my first session with the student. We spent this time getting to know each other a bit and assessing the student's goals and level of understanding. Her English is very rudimentary. She does not have confidence to speak yet. She is better at listening than speaking or reading and writing. Speaking is her weakest link. I assessed that her vocabulary is at a 5th grade level. We will continue to work on this."
"The student and I worked on writing paragraphs in response to reading assignments today. I think at first the student struggled a bit both with reading comprehension and putting her ideas into essay form, but overall she performed very well. I am pleased with her enhanced ability to write creatively, and think she has come a long way in her ability to use different writing conventions. For extra practice, she will complete a grammar correction section from the SAT."