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In this session we mostly prepared for the student's unit test tomorrow, covering many of the lessons he and I have worked on recently. We began by reviewing homophones via an online practice program, then turned to fact vs. opinion and author's purpose using other tools. Finally we reviewed the main idea of each selection in the unit, with a few randomly-sampled details.
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We discussed creating an outline for the student's book report PowerPoint presentation. We discussed how a PowerPoint presentation should be given and tips for practicing the oral presentation. She enjoyed the book and was very interested in the explanations required for the presentation. I mentioned questions I believe should be answered and had her to skim the book to find the answer. I will be hearing the presentation, reviewing the slides, and helping her polish the material at the next session. We are continuing to practice reading comprehension.
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Simi Valley, CA English tutoring
The student showed me her assignment of writing a story with illustrations. She is much more confident with her work, enjoying it!
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Simi Valley, CA English tutoring
In this session, the student and I continued our reading of "The Hatchet." We read and discussed via questioning the first chapter. As a tutorial task and to review the session reading, he will complete questions and vocabulary for chapter 1, and read chapter 2 in preparation for our session on next Saturday. Using evidence from the text was noted as an area for additional practice, and in future sessions this skill will be directly integrated.
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Simi Valley, CA English tutoring
We began our session reviewing the student's first college application essay. I like the direction he took with this essay and I expressed to him that I see he is developing his writing style. We talked about creating better transitions and we also worked on the order and flow of the content. I reminded him that ensuring he uses paragraphs is important when organizing thoughts and ideas for the reader. I asked him to provide me with a layout of his rough draft once it has been revised. When then moved on to talk about his next essay. He completed his assignment of researching the school and I believe he now has a good handle on how to create the essay. By our next session he is to have the plan for his second essay completed. I like the fact that he is thinking through each essay based on the type of school and the school's culture that he has learned through researching the universities. Finally, he shared that he will be taking the SAT again he wants to improve his essay score. I will begin reincorporating some SAT writing prompts.
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Simi Valley, CA English tutoring
When I met the student , he told me that history was his toughest subject and that he had a big assignment due Monday in his history class. So, that is what we focused on today. His history assignment focused on inference using a short description and a picture of old artifacts from the Mohenjo-Daro society. We discussed how the artifact related to the topic he chose ( technology, arts/culture, steady food supply, etc.), and we then inferred how and why it would have been used and why it helped that society. After he completed his assignment, I instructed him to review his work for grammar, correct spelling, and punctuation.
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