Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wrote an essay in class and then needed to outline it as homework. This "reverse" essay writing was a great exercise for him because it really made him focus on what parts of his essay he needed to focus on. He plans on rewriting his essay after finishing his outline so that he can fill in all of the holes. He also has gotten great at handwriting everything before he types it up."
"We began by discussing the timed writing assignment that she had had in English class the previous week. For most of the session, we worked on a timed writing assignment with an SAT-style historical quote prompt. She outlined the body paragraphs with her examples first and articulated her thesis. Since she has particular trouble writing introductory paragraphs, I had her draft it and we went over it together. In the past, she had been taught to include the quote and her examples in the thesis statement, and I helped her to relegate this background information to the beginning of her introduction and end it with a strong thesis statement that only stated her argument. She then wrote the rest of the essay, and we went over it together in the final part of the session. I brought up the issue of redundant sentences and had to edit to make the essay more concise. For homework, she will finish an essay about a theme in her summer reading book."
"Today we continued breaking down the parts of speech. I gave him many sentences, and he broke them down by parts of speech. We did this focusing on adverbs and prepositions. We then began looking at different types of verbs, and how they function. We will continue this next week. His homework is to find five sentences in a book or newspaper, and break them down by parts of speech."
"We continued to work on the student's English final essay. We got through the introduction, first two body paragraphs, and outlined the conclusion. He will finish up the essay before we meet on Wednesday so we can put some finishing touches on it and memorize it for his test on Friday."
"Studied literature, poetry, and mystery terms as well as vocabulary and Latin roots. Also discussed the differences between adjectives and adverbs, as well as recognizing the infinitives, participles, and more. Student illustrated mastery of material."
"We reviewed and critiqued the student's rewrite of his previous essay and discussed parental wishes for future work, including vocabulary sources."
"The student and I are going to cover the Western literary canon this summer, since his father feels he doesn't have a good hold on it (having grown up in China). Therefore, this meeting we discussed the Middle Ages/Medieval period. In addition, we talked about grammar and vocabulary."
"The student had several papers to write this week. Today, we edited a memo she wrote to persuade a board of directors to host a blood drive at her place of employment. We also edited a second, longer paper and outline introducing her research paper."
"The student and I discussed basic history and concepts of the English language, some spelling guidelines, and exercises that he should do. The combination of the large spelling concepts with spelling exercises should help him become an excellent speller. He and I also discussed study/organizational skills. He appears to already be confident in his ability to stay organized."
"We went over her grammar review homework, which covered subjects and predicates, compound sentences, and fixing run-ons and fragments. I then had her write me a short piece about a book she likes, just to get a sense of where her writing skills are. We went over it, using the concepts she had just reviewed to correct some mechanical mistakes together."
"The student and I worked on her homework, which dealt with singular and plural nouns. We also went over her past homework and tried to address the issues there. We focused on spelling today and spelling tricks. I emphasized that she carefully listen to the word before attempting to write it. The student said she will continue reading out loud from 3-5 pages of her favorite book, carefully enunciating each word."
"During our session, we worked on the student's short paragraph about the festival coming up tomorrow. He had to use five vocabulary words to write a paragraph with a minimum of four sentences. After, we worked on his poetry literary terms assignments where he had to provide a definition and example for each term. We also had to discuss the new schedule for the school year."