Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we worked on the student's history homework, which was to find 2 songs that had been censored from 2 different decades. He had to write a paragraph explaining why these 2 songs had been censored. He then had to find a recent song that had been censored and explain the difference between the other 2 songs and the recent one. We were able to find the 3 songs to write about, and we worked together to identify why they were censored. He began writing the first paragraph with my help. I looked over what he had written and made corrections to errors. He knew what he needed to do and had all the information to write the last paragraph on his own."
"The student and I started by reviewing the videos I assigned her from our previous meeting, noting different presentation styles and how they affected her comprehension. I read her written summaries as she read a short article I brought for her to source vocabulary from. We reviewed her writing, noting her use of prepositions and talking about areas where she could improve her clarity by employing more specific words. I pooled the vocabulary from the videos, article, and our sessions, and asked her to write five different sentences per vocabulary word before our next session."
"I had the student continue to practice writing letters (lower case a-c). Also, we identified objects in the house in writing with Post-it notes to work on vocabulary and pronunciation, and we sang a song. The student's homework was to finish a drawing of himself and to practice writing his name."
"The student and I reviewed the first two lessons in his curriculum. We focused on lesson 3 in "Speak Up." We briefly reviewed the flashcards I gave him in our second session. He continues to make good progress, and seems to be building his vocabulary and ability to express himself in English quickly."
"We covered some basic material: the verb "to be" and various nationalities, languages, and countries; the days of the week; numbers; and a couple of everyday objects. The student was engaged in the material and seemed to enjoy the activities. For homework, I gave the student some more grammar activities, as well as listening exercises. He seems to remember a lot, and I think the more sessions he has, the bigger leaps he will make as the vocabulary and grammar come back to him. That said, I will start off slow and go at his pace as necessary."
"The student and I had a good session. We began with work over the SAT, mainly grammar and usage questions. We worked through several practice sections and spent the last 30 minutes reviewing a section of the autobiography of Frederick Douglass. We read and dissected a passage looking for literary techniques."