Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had the SSAT this past Saturday. I divided the time fairly evenly between a creative writing essay and vocabulary. I was able to find a historical, 3-pronged creative writing essay prompt that asked him to choose between being a Spartan, English Knight, Viking, and Gladiator, to describe a day in the life, and what would be the good/bad parts of being that role. The student chose to be an English Knight, and had the creative twist that if he were a Sainted knight, he would be immortal and therefore serve as a tie between the historical and present worlds. I encouraged the creative twist. We talked through it a lot, and I was able to give him a bit more historical context of what an English knight would actually do, with some benefits and minuses. When we meet again, I may resurrect this as a warmup exercise. We also spent about 45 minutes going through a lot of the vocabulary words that were taken from one of the student's SSAT analogy exercises. While he was working on his essay, I made flashcards with the words. We then went through each one, providing examples, and took turns reading each side. I also had him do a matching exercise, since these words were originally taken from analogies; there were a few (not all) synonyms and similar words."
"The student and I worked on an extra credit assignment for school. We had a list of 25 words. We wrote down definitions for the words, came up with sentences, as well as synonyms and antonyms. It was a great session."
"The student was to write on a novel which challenged and changed her perception of being human, as part of a high school application. She decided to write about how the book The Acorn People, which is about a summer camp for physically disabled children, changed her concept of what it meant to be a child with immense limitations. At the end of the session, she had written the first draft of the essay. We then went over her French vocabulary words using flashcards."
"This session, I reviewed the student's in-class math problems, and was surprised he missed several answers, as he is doing the same problems with me without any mistakes. He has brought home other in-class work without any missed questions, so I spoke with him on what he thinks happened. He said he was not sure, but we went over each problem, and he realized he added when he should have subtracted. We discussed how he could take a few seconds to review the problem before rushing into working it. He said he would take more time looking at each problem before just jumping in. He completed his math homework, and was able to do all of the problems correctly."
"This session, we studied the letters D and E. We reviewed the numbers 1-10, shapes, and colors. We spent time counting. The student had a good attitude about the concepts covered. She is doing well remembering the sounds of all the letters we have studied so far."
"This student did well today! We read another chapter of his book, and he was very focused and interested today, and was excited about playing the game we did with it last time (trading passages/ standing on one foot and reading over the other person's shoulder). I asked him to summarize the portions I was reading, and he was very attentive and was able to do that. He was interested and read longer passages, and was able to hold his attention much better than our first session."