Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student repeated the test of 60 questions that she did at beginning of tutoring. She improved her score. Initially she missed 15, and this time only 4. She then read one story out loud and completed a worksheet on the sequence, missing 2. Then she did a worksheet on context."
"Today we focused on cleaning up the grammar on the first part of her history paper. She did very well with the organization of her paper and she did well fixing the grammar. While she writes the paper she tends to forget about grammar and just write. I told her this works so long as she remembers to take the time to fix it later. We then worked on finishing her body paragraphs. The project is challenging and very analytical, so I'm proud of the progress she's made. We were able to finish the body paragraphs and we plan on fixing the grammar on Saturday. On Saturday we will finish fixing the grammar in the body paragraphs and work on organizing her introduction and conclusion. These are the most challenging parts of a paper for her so we will really focus in on those next time."
"For his history class, the student had a group paper due, to which we made some last minute revisions to his portion. Overall, the organization of the paper was in decent shape."
"The student wants to continue working on his language skills by presenting a summary each week, but he would like to focus on a spoken summary because telling a sustained narrative off the cuff is more difficult than writing one down in advance. Today, he summarized the 1995 film OUTBREAK for me. I made notes as he talked. After he finished the summary, we went over the mechanical issues I noticed, especially verb endings and idioms. After this, we went back to the story from last week. He had identified all the uses of the conditional in the story and we talked about the difference between use of the first conditional to express an uncertainty and use to express a general truth. We also discussed "as if" and "as though" and the difference between "like" and "as.""
"Tonight the student and I spent most of our session reviewing for her grammar and vocab tests for the upcoming week. We worked on adjective and adverb clauses, specifically how to identify them. We then reviewed for her vocab test and I shared with her a new method to study her words. We discussed her current book, Animal Farm, and the quizzes she has had on the book. I will be re-reading the book this week so we can do an in-depth review for the final. We spent a little bit of time reviewing for history, but that will be the main focus of our upcoming sessions in preparation for her finals."
"Occasionally stopped to discuss concepts in Baudrillard and Altheide, especially the idea of "hegemony". Agreed that this could be an important idea to better link together some of the primary texts into a coherent overall thesis. Agreed to add an extra session on Friday. Assigned student to finish work on Chomsky and Baudrillard at home for next session on Wednesday."
"First, we went over "exploding a moment" essays that the girls had written as homework about their vacations. Then we brainstormed all the different words we use to describe color. We read a poem in which five different versions of the same color are described using the five senses. The girls then wrote poems of their own in a similar manner, choosing their own colors."
"For most of the lesson today, the student and I went over his two page essay over the poem assigned by me. This was done in order to test his skills in analysis and writing. Every line of his essay was methodically analyzed and critiqued in some way in order to better improve his writing. For homework, he has to do the edits listed on his paper. He also needs to read chapter 1 of the novel that I am assigning for reading. Lastly, I am assigning the movie in order to test his skills in a movie of such depth. Also, this serves to widen his world perspectives, which is an overall goal of mine for tutoring."
"Today we wrote 2 long stories and 4 short stories. We worked on developing and expanding story lines. We focused on plot development and creating strong plots. The student did great as usual and responded well to my instructions."
"We covered the first draft of the student's paper that is due on Tuesday. His persuasive paper is on the NRA, and it is very important that we get all phases of this paper correct. We completed the introduction, and outlined his next five paragraphs...history of the NRA, three main points over next three paragraphs, then final conclusion. We also discussed the main references to be cited in the paper, and how to construct these to make the paper better. He needs to finish the first draft by tomorrow night, which is our next session."