Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the student's memoir for his humanities class. We revised his first draft focusing on sentence structure, grammar, and word choice. He did very well in recognizing his grammatical mistakes."
"We revised the student's narrative speech on her great grandfather. She revised a few run-on sentences and included more details and sensory description to her writing."
"Today we reviewed the verb types we learned previously: linking verbs, helping verbs, and transitive verbs. We also learned 3 new kinds of verbs: gerunds, participles, and infinitives. The student picked up on them and their uses very quickly. We read a short passage, and she was able to read it quickly and understand it very well. Next week I will provide a harder passage! Finally, we talked about writing and the structure of stories in more detail, bringing together the progression of a story, the setting, and the characters. I asked her to write another journal story using what we've learned about story structures. Next week we will focus on analogies for the mechanics/grammar aspect of the class because we've finished the types of verbs and it will help her with her school contest and help her further develop her reading skills."
"Today we wrote in our journals and reviewed punctuation/spelling errors. Also, we reviewed briefly the eleven nouns we learned last week, which they did very well during the quick review. The boys also read aloud pages from a book called "Pax" and we reviewed words that they did not understand (piteous and metatarsal). I wrote those words down in their notebooks with the definition, part of speech and the page it was found on. In addition, we started on Subject Pronouns. I also left them with three words to define, list synonym/antonym and use in a sentence."
"Today went great. He completed the homework I gave him. We completed the planning and rough draft stage of the writing process. Next time we will revise and edit. After that we will go over how to use text evidence."
"Today went really well. Once again, we continued working on the use of personal and possessive pronouns. The student seemed to be moving along great. Based on review from the homework, she is improving her responses when asked basic questions. She is still struggling to include the linking verbs is/are when answering questions. Today, we also reviewed the singular and plural use of has/have. She caught onto this quickly. However, it was a slight challenge to understand how the rules don't apply the same when used in a question."