Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on finalizing his book report on White Fang, and I suggested additional strategies to help hone his high levels of curiosity and intellect into focused activities."
"Today we looked over the new writing the student did for her Molly Pitcher piece. She was not done with it yet but made a lot of progress. She told me that her assignment of writing this story would then be used to help her do an oral presentation about Molly Pitcher. We looked at the writing that she had done and talked about what information could be taken out and what some of the confusing spots were. We did an exercise where I would ask her to tell me in one sentence what happened. We then used those sentences to cut down and make some of the confusing parts more concise. She worked to continue the story and really get to the most important part of it. In terms of a realistic fiction story, she is doing wonderfully. She has a natural talent for sensory language and wrote some great descriptive sentences like "the gun fire was so loud my ears rang." I told her she had two pieces of homework. First, she must finish her story with the conclusion, and she is only allowed to use one notebook page to finish it. I also left her with some guiding questions. Second, I gave her a writing prompt and want to see a plan and a rough draft paragraph so that on Monday we can talk about paragraph structure."
"This week we covered poetry. We started with a review of metaphors, similes, and personification, and we looked at some poems that examined these. We went over parts of poems (rhyme schemes, rhythm, and so on), and looked at examples of different types of poems (clerihew, haiku, sonnet, limerick). Finally we practiced writing our own poems. The student did very well with coming up with poems quickly, especially with haiku!"
"The student seems to be motivated to know more of what is happening in the story Hamlet. Using picture puppets and drawn sets we are able to see the scenes as we read them. Pulling lines from the play and reading them out to him, he is showing he can offer more than one word answers when I ask him "tell me what this means." He is showing insight and the ability to make inferences. We will continue through the play building his expressive written and oral language."
"The student showed enthusiasm and genuine intellectual curiosity in his first session - a great pleasure to any tutor. We worked on what his English class syllabus shows and planned for future and current literary tasks. Great job!"
"The student showed me his completed homework. He read for approximately 20 minutes, and he took the initiative to stop reading and ask for the definition or pronunciation of words he was unfamiliar with. I asked reading comprehension questions, and he was able to answer them appropriately. He worked on editing paragraphs, reading comprehension, and fact vs opinion. For homework, I assigned vocabulary activities for him to work on."