Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since the student has a test over Huck Finn on Thursday and Friday, we began by reviewing any questions she had over the book, and talked a little bit about the time period. We then moved onto a "Laws of Life" personal essay that her teacher had assigned her, and worked on polishing that up. It was an outstanding essay, and needed almost no reorganizing or grammatical corrections! Finally, since she had expressed an interest in taking the ACT over the SAT, I asked her to complete 15 questions from an ACT study guide English section. I was able to give her a few tips, and we both agreed that she could use some small grammar lessons over lesser-used punctuation, such as dashes and apostrophes. It was a very good session!"
"The student and I worked on summarizing difficult passages in his own words. We used the chunking strategy to break down dense texts. We also reviewed the test taking strategies for the SAT reading section. We worked on more advanced passages today and the student was able to summarize and answer the questions. He said the advanced material was good practice and the session was helping him with the types of questions he sees on the SAT."
"We worked on some practice reading materials. The student is scoring at about 75% on practice tests taken at home. During our session, he was scoring about 80% on practice exams. His reasoning abilities are top-notch. I sent him home with an SAT manual, which has a much-abridged root words section that should be more manageable than other materials. He will definitely be quizzed on the material during our next meeting."
"The student was excited to work on a creative writing assignment for English. He jumped right in and began to write, which is good, but I encouraged him to do a bit of freewriting and character development so that he forms a basic storyline first. He learned a great deal of helpful skills over the summer that I asked him to incorporate into his assignment."
"The student was looking for help crafting a thesis statement for an essay. We brainstormed together. I found a link for some good thesis verbs. She told me a bit about the stories that she had read and about what she wanted to focus on in her essay."
"The student was presented with another question that was directly related to the last assignment she had for her class. We reviewed the concept of mapping out her question, producing the arguments, and then organizing how they would be put on the paper. She did this for me, demonstrated her understanding of the subject, and began writing thereafter. Her writing has improved since 2 weeks ago, and she is on her way to attaining the permanent status of a good writer."