Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I did a number of things. We went over his grammar homework, on which he was doing an excellent job. We also wrote a paragraph for one of his classes describing a picture he had picked out. Lastly, we practiced reading by looking through Beloved. He seems to be doing well, and his grammar seems to be improving. The only problem is verb tenses, but he usually grasps that as well. Beloved is a difficult book for him because it is full of colloquialisms and unusual speech, but we are getting it."
"We discussed the student's homework from last week---her sentence corrections and grammar are improving. Her essay from last week's homework was particularly strong. We focused on reading comprehension and vocabulary today. We talked about strategies like identifying an author's overall point of view or objective, choosing the more specific answer when two answers could both be correct, and breaking down words/identifying common suffixes, prefixes and roots, to learn the meaning of an unknown word. I assigned her a timed essay, a variety of Verbal section questions with special focus on sentence correction and vocabulary, and some longer reading comprehension sections."
"Today, we covered chapters 1 and 2 of C.S. Lewis's book, "The Horse and His Boy." We examined the main characters including the protagonists, Shasta and Bree, as they undertake their journey. I have assigned more reading for the student, and in tomorrow's session we will cover the book, "Beloved," and answer questions from the reading assigned tonight."
"The student finished reading the book about chipmunks. We realized that since we hadn't taken notes as we read, we could not easily write a letter/book report. However, we decided to write a fictional story incorporating at least three chipmunk facts. We got her story mapped out before the end of the session, and I asked her to write it in the intervening two weeks before our next session."
"The student had a little bit of reading and writing homework today, which she was able to finish very quickly with minimal assistance. We then played a few coin conversion games and a memory card game."
"The student made a real effort to stay focused and motivated during our session. She was proactive in initiating which subject she wanted to practice first, and was excited to review material from our last session."