Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student primarily struggles with understanding the overall theme or concept of a story or written passage. We read two passages this evening; one was a work of fiction and the other was a nonfiction piece. He really grasps and understands the concepts detailed in a nonfiction work and can tell you about literal facts he just read about. While we read the chapter in the fiction story, we wrote out the definition for theme. We broke the details down to get to the major point of the chapter. Once he had an actual definition for theme, he was better able to analyze the overall concept of what he was reading in the passage. We primarily covered reading comprehension and reading fluency as he has a tendency to read faster than he is understanding."
"The student has been studying predicate adjectives in his language arts class. He had to do two different sections in his book. My first goal was to ensure that he understood all that the directions were asking him to do. This is a skill to maximize on comprehension."
"We read and discussed the remainder of chapter 3 of Of Mice and Men. I challenged the student to think about symbolism in the book. We also began studying for the English portion of the college entrance exam. He read two passages and answered corresponding questions. We discussed the mechanics and rhetorical aspects of the questions being asked."
"The student and I discussed hobbies, dates/times, and jobs. We worked on months and days and noted the difference in the way we say dates in the U.S. and the way she is used to (month first, then day). We are still focusing mainly on conversation - listening, understanding, and responding in English. She is doing well! We also are doing a lot of practice with her reading aloud to work on pronunciation."
"The student and I discussed previous homework assignments we had worked on together. Mostly, I helped her proofread her IB tech project writing assignment. We also worked on ways she could proofread it herself."
"The student and I discussed some of his current struggles in his current English classes. We came up with a plan in order to work on the steps of writing using a thesis, supporting details, and a conclusion paragraph. He is currently working on "To Kill a Mockingbird" and is having to reflect and respond to specific quotes throughout the novel. He struggles with starting and organizing thoughts when given a prompt. Our main focus will be on grammar and the steps of writing a successful paper."