Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we finished reviewing the student's essay. We did final edits and added images to enhance the final draft of his expository essay. We also worked on more spelling roots from the Greek and Latin derivations. For writing, one thing I would like to work with him on is how to critically think about what he wrote, and to really get into the shoes of his reader to make sure he has included enough specific details."
"Today we went over the student's homework. He did the assignment from his previous tutor that covered irregular past tense verbs, and answered almost all questions correctly. We then went on to work on conjunctions, interjections, participles, and participle phrases. We spent more time on categorizing the 3 groups of conjunctions, and I gave him homework problems on this to work on. Interjections, participles, and objects of participles he grasped quickly."
"This session, the student worked through some practice problems from his placement tests. Next, we went through his homework essay, discussing fine details such as spelling and grammar. Then, we reviewed greater concepts such as theme. The theme of this essay was extremely strong as he correctly identified the theme of the three prompt passages and used it creatively in his own essay. Most importantly, his creative essay reached a new point at its conclusion. Next time, he will write a five paragraph essay, keeping to the time frame required by his teacher. For homework, I assigned him to write a creative anecdote in third person, present tense. He is used to writing in first person, past and so practicing this new skill will open many new possibilities. Excellent work this week! I really enjoyed the essay."
"The student and I worked on some reading and proofreading assignments. On the proofreading page, she only missed a couple of errors but understood what the errors were. She is a very dedicated student and always stays on her tasks. She is very serious about her school work and tends to put more effort in everything and do extra work."
"The student addressed some comments her professor made about a discussion post. We also planned her next paper. We looked at the best ways to construct a thesis statement. We're still waiting for the grades/comments from the first paper in order to tailor future appointments to the teacher's standard."
"The student and I accomplished the entirety of the lesson I had planned. Our focus was homophones, and she really exceeded my expectations. She was able to tell me the difference in meaning between a number of homophones ranging from the simple (see/sea) to the more complex (shoe/shoo). In addition, she voluntarily used all of them in a sentence. Even for the ones she initially hesitated on, she was able to complete at least one of the pairs if I gave her a hint. We discussed how we can use context clues to determine the meaning of the word if we can't remember which spelling is which. We will continue to look for homophones as we read our books."