Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This evening the student and I talked more about informal and formal English writing. We compared example emails and picked out distinct phrases, placing them into formal or informal categories. We then utilized a handout which detailed common formal phrases one can use when writing a business communication."
"We spent about half of our time discussing her English homework for the next day and reviewing an essay she got back. For the rest of the time, I discussed possible reading material for her and we mapped out a plan that will hopefully help the student become more engaged and willing to read."
"The student had math guided practice and then review problems for a test on Tuesday. The current section is on clearing fractions before solving inequalities. The review material covered equalities and inequalities with single variables (including fractions). This was a long assignment and took most of our time; the student did pretty well on this, which is consistent with his previous strong understanding of the material. When we had finished the math review, we moved on to working on a paragraph on the student for his history poster. We finished the text of the poster and found pictures that the student will use to illustrate it. The student and I worked together for two hours today on his Pygmalion essay. He had the introduction and first paragraph complete and had nearly completed the second paragraph. More importantly, he had worked with his father to find a thesis and topic sentences for each paragraph. I worked with the student on finding quotations to support the claims, integrating the quotes into appropriate "quote sandwiches" and helping him smooth his transitions. We also reread the essay together to work on eliminating awkward idiomatic usage, make the essay more appropriately formal, and to ensure that the argument that he makes follows smoothly from the examples that he chose and from the previous thoughts expressed in his essay."
"We discussed the rhetoric devices used in an assigned video. The notes of this discussion were then used to create a summary/ essay of said video."
"Annotated bibliography on vaccines and autism, researched 5 articles, structured outline of final assignment."
"1) 1:00-1:30 - English, Lesson 13: Zlata's Diary. We finished reading aloud. The student answered all questions for this story. 2) 1:30 - 2:20 -- English, Lesson 14. The student wrote sentences for the six definitions. I had her circle the words from the list that are new, or for which she wasn't sure of the definition. Then we discussed those words, looking at roots, parts of speech, and usage. Next, we read a short excerpt for Helen Keller's biography, called "Water." She answered the questions which focused on author's purpose. The student struggled a bit with the concept of Helen's experience with water as opening the doors of communication. Even after discussion, writing it down on paper did not come easily for her . I think she understands the concept, but has difficulty translating that into words. She will finish lesson 14 for homework. 3) 2:20-2:30 -- Social Studies: We began our last redo!!! 2 days in Egypt is a brochure with 6 panels. She chose 5 topics, and found information on two of the 5 topics. We hope to finish this tomorrow."
"We prepared for his English quiz tomorrow. The concepts finally came together for the student and he understood it!"
"The student got a 104% on his last Spanish test. He began the session by working on his English homework, finding definitions, synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and illustrating the words. We discussed the idea of connotative and denotative meaning. Then we went into reviewing Spanish and math homework. I then worked with him on a few math concepts regarding angles and measures from basic geometry."
"Today we finished up her assignment for English - after writing all of the poems, she had to go through and highlight any literary devices used. I went over literary devices with her and then had her look for them in her own writing. We also purposefully re-edited some of the poems to make them have more literary devices. I also proofread her autobiography and reflection, and helped her find visuals for each poem."
"The student and I discussed an in class essay he will be working on the character of Calpurnia in "To Kill a Mockingbird." We looked for textual evidence examples for his essay and discussed the essay format. We then moved on to preparing for his social studies trimester final exam he has coming up."
"During this tutorial session, I assisted the student with organizing and constructing a thesis for a research paper she had to complete for her English class. I noticed she understood the importance of creating a detailed outline to remain on topic. Initially, she was having a hard time creating sub-topics to support her thesis. After I helped her get organized, she was able to decipher which research articles supported her sub-topics."
"I worked with the student on beginning his English narrative. He decided to choose 'White Fang' as his book/character. He began taking notes and also looked at a literature study."