Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I reviewed the student's revised essay and made suggestions for the final draft. We discussed sentence structure and mechanical issues like punctuation and formatting. I assigned reading and exercises from the student's textbook."
"We proceeded with a survey and practice of the ISEE Upper Level essay section. At an ISEE school, he would take the Middle Level exam, but previous work together showed above-average understanding of grammar and narrative. In the first half of our session, we conducted a fast-moving review of common spelling and punctuation errors. His accuracy in multiple choice questions were consistent with or above his grade level; no further practice in spelling or grammar should be necessary. The second half of the session was spent reviewing how to respond to a prompt and outline a formal response. The student performed best when brainstorming ideas to a prompt and using imagery and descriptive phrases. Organization and focus continue to be an issue, which is significant if the entrance exam has a time limit comparable to the ISEE's. Next session will be to practice turning an outline into formal prose followed by practice with less prompting and a more difficult topic."
"Today, the student and I worked on grammar. We started with a discussion of the parts of speech and their purposes. We went over adverbs and adjectives pretty in-depth and also discussed objects and subjects, as well as pronouns. He did worksheets identifying pronouns, adverb clauses, dependent versus independent clauses, and subordinating conjunctions. Then we switched gears and discussed the structure of a persuasive essay, using "School Uniforms" as a topic. We discussed the importance of topic sentences and an overall argument."
"The student and I worked on establishing a research topic and question for a college writing task and looked at options for organizing the research paper associated. We also discussed how to answer a couple of different reflective pieces and the proper way to complete an annotated bibliography."
"The student and I focused on nonfiction writing. I had him free write for two ten minute sessions, and each time we would discuss his work afterwards. We then had a spelling test, and I gave him rules about the tenses."
"We reviewed verb tenses, especially the future perfect, future perfect progressive, and the past perfect. The student has bought a grammar workbook and will continue to work on the first chapter. She is going to write a paragraph about herself to review verbs and is going to begin on Chapter 2. During the next session, we will review some of her exercises and address any questions she had. She read an article from the New York Times that I brought, working on pronunciation, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. She had trouble with the article, but she worked very diligently on it. She does very well with the grammar, so we are moving very quickly and only reviewing concepts that she has difficulty with."