Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session, we reviewed and summarized Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The student was having a test on the prologue and wanted to become better acquainted with the story. He is working on being able to more independently read and understand stories in English. He has also been working on summarizing the story's events in his own words as he continues to develop his English vocabulary."
"The student and I talked about goals for the tutoring sessions: test taking strategies, multiple choice tests, elimination strategies, summarizing main ideas. We used SAT practice test 1 to go over questions and review elimination strategies and context clues. We both completed the questions and then reviewed the answers together. I am sending him another set of practice questions to do on his own so we can review them next week."
"During this session, the student and I reviewed an English checkpoint assignment, consisting mostly of grammatical rules and their applications. This was a graded assignment she had completed previously and struggled with, so her teacher had her class retry the assignment in order to work through their mistakes. In general, the student had a good understanding of the topics (appositives, subject verb agreement, etc.), but she tended to struggle when several clauses were introduced in succession, as well as when it came time to identify parts of speech. We worked on strategies to demystify multi-clause sentences, establishing the true subject, the verb for that subject, and then identifying extraneous detail that might hinder her understanding of the sentence. This is definitely something we will work on in the future, along with identifying parts of speech. She can recognize the different parts of speech, but she often confuses herself and guesses several different categories rather than actually thinking about which one might be accurate. She did have more practice for class which I left her with, but we plan to follow up during our next session."
"Today, we reviewed grammar rules by correcting signs again and played "Comma Invasion" to practice comma rules. We then began vocabulary work from "The Hobbit," defining words and figuring out their synonyms. For extra work, the student will use four words he doesn't know and follow his menu I gave him to define them."
"Today, we worked at a little bit slower pace today. The student completed his weekly journal writing, spelling workbook pages, and a history assignment, and he took a practice spelling test (75% accuracy). She had a fantastic attitude today! Her science workbook pg. 43 was completed and reviewed. She was still working to memorize her memory verse. She completed a practice spelling test (100% accuracy). She completed her spelling workbook pages, and her history assignment was complete and reviewed."
"Today, we worked mainly out of the SAT test prep booklet. The student wants to focus on improving his writing skills for the essay portion of the test. We read over some sample essay prompts and responses and dissected what made them successful or unsuccessful responses. Once we read over them and I gave some tips, he seemed to settle in. We also scoured the web for tips on the SAT essay portion, and he found the material to be helpful."