Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on early/mid 19th century American literature, and specifically looked at works by Whitman and Thoreau. We also continued discussing the Enlightenment period and read a poem by Richard Wright."
"Today's session was focused primarily on planning out the student's essay to a greater extent and refining his ideas. To these ends, we spent a large portion of the session looking through "The Pride and the Glory" to identify important quotes. When we found a quote or passage of interest, I then pressed the student to analyze it and explain how it could be incorporated into an argument that effectively supports his thesis. Since we had a little time left over, I briefly discussed the essay portion of the SAT with the student, with particular emphasis placed on strategy."
"We discussed her summer reading book, Emma (Jane Austen), and her upcoming in-class essay assignment. I explained the difference between plot and theme, and we outlined an essay about the theme that she identified in her summer reading on Emma. She wrote an introduction and body paragraph, which we reviewed. I emphasized concise writing and helped her cut out superfluous text. She plans to finish the essay and email it to me during the week, and we will work on it more next week."
"The student and I had another successful tutoring session, where we reviewed 3 quizzes and a final exam for one of the sections. He promised me that he is doing work whenever I am not there, and I think this is helping him whenever we are meeting."
"Today, we focused on some exercises on syllables which was the student's homework. She was focused and went quickly through the exercises with few changes needed. We were even able to do some math as she added up the words in three different groups."
"The student has B's in all classes, which is great. He is most concerned with English and literature, where he is working on poetry. I had him do an exercise where he described a football to someone who had never seen one before using descriptive language. We also continued on with sentence diagramming, focusing on appositives and appositive phrases."
"The student and I finished the story we had started the previous week. We discussed the story briefly afterwards. We added words from the story to his vocabulary journal. Then we used scrabble tiles to practice forming English words."
"We primarily focused on the book report that the student was writing for class. She had a few paragraphs, but needed to expand it. We talked about what questions she could ask to generate more details for the summary section. On the sentence level, we worked on using the grammar material from last week to help her diagnose comma issues. We also went over her Spanish homework on conjugating verbs. I asked her to ask her teacher for a list of topics that I can get her caught up on."
"We discussed his English class and what he finds difficult, what he likes and doesn't like, what types of assignments he gets. We also talked about books he has read, books he wants to read, and genres he likes. We set goals for our tutoring sessions together and worked on general solutions for assignments he finds "boring" at school. We also talked about structuring his writing and relating his thoughts back to his thesis. We worked on a little bit of writing he had for one of his classes that he found difficult."
"During this session, I assisted the student in a poetry close reading exercise. She had to explicate "The Heaven of Animals" and identify major themes and poetic devices within the poem. The student is a natural close-reader and had no problem delving into the complicated themes of the poem. She displays great promise as a student of literature. The student has no problem discussing literature and engaging complicated ideas and themes, so I'd like to see her teacher assign more writing exercises in order to challenge the student to organize her thoughts on paper and discover her writing voice and style."
"The student and I worked on his English vocabulary exercises, and were able to finish his homework for the upcoming week, with the exception of a few reading response questions he planned to finish over the weekend. He was still getting back into the swing of school, but his writing speed and comprehension have definitely been getting faster since classes began. He struggles most with taking the time to look thoroughly for answers he doesn't know right away."
"The student and I did spelling, reading, and made her homework schedule for the rest of the week. He and I worked on his math worksheet for moving decimal places, his cursive sheet, and his 6 paragraph narrative for Language Arts."