Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I began again by looking at new word roots and their derivatives. We looked and a few words that she had not seen before, and she did a good job inferring their meaning from the word roots they contained. We then worked on two poems. She had read over these poems before the session, but said that she did not understand them very well. We practiced looking at the poems closely to understand the comparisons and literary devices they used. She did a good job identifying the general theme of a poem and citing lines to support her ideas. She can continue to improve by reading closely to identify specific strategies the author uses, such as personification and extended metaphor. In the next part of the session, we worked on reading a longer nonfiction passage. For the part of the passage we covered, she had no problem understanding the plot, but she can improve in knowing when to slow down her reading and possibly re-read sections so that she not only comprehends the main events, but also smaller details and how an author uses strategies to convey an idea or an image. For our next session, she will finish reading the long passage and work on three more reading comprehension passages. She will also make a chart to track her percentage on each of her reading comprehension homework assignments. In addition, to practice spelling and writing, she will review a list of vocabulary words and begin writing in a journal."
"Today I saw impressive work by the student. He is steadily making progress across reading and English sections. I am looking forward to completing our review of the new practice exam and ready to make the most of the real thing."
"The student and I first went over the math problems I left her for homework. These problems covered inequalities and expressions and word problems. She wanted help the most with the word problems, especially because they are longer and more labor intensive than the other types of problems she has been doing. I had her write out the correct solution (and how to get there) in her notebook. I also had her write an outline for an essay, and we went over the outline as well. I had wanted her to focus on providing specific examples and an organized outline; She is doing much better in terms of organizing her thoughts and she was able to provide one really specific and fitting example. For homework, I left her another outline to do, and wrote notes for her on what to improve on, as well as examples as templates. I also left her some math problems to do, on lines and angles, which will be our first geometry section. I also left her practice problems for both sentence completion and passage-based critical reading problems."