Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked through some practice problems in his textbook to help him prepare for his math test tomorrow on prime and composite numbers. He has been preparing for this in class and didn't seem to have any problem. We then worked on a reading comprehension passage, the first one we've done that was fiction. He did very well, and even was able to figure out several advanced vocabulary words based on context clues. The next student and I spent a great deal of time working on her Lord of the Flies essay for English. She didn't have much written, although she had a lot of ideas for what she wanted to say. Her thoughts were organized and valid, but she needed some guiding on how to form solid and diverse paragraphs. We worked together to write the paragraphs and I left her to write the conclusion and to make the changes to conform to MLA format. Since she's never done this before, I left her with explicit instructions on how to form the heading, etc. I think in general, her writing needs more elaboration and detail but that will come with practice."
"Today we went through the student's essay on the brotherly struggle between Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. We discussed how the first sentence needs to be absolutely focused on the theme o f the essay and about how transition is mandatory when writing for people we don't know. His essay satisfied me according to length, complexity, transition and paragraph unity. We then studied vocabulary for Book 2 Ch 3 of War of the Worlds, and then we read the passage. We then discussed the implications of the Martian building activities, the Martian's taste for human bodies, and the Anglican cleric who goes mad. We had a short discussion of the movie The Interview, and then I set him an assignment to write down intelligent questions about the movie for a discussion together tomorrow. All teens are glomming onto this movie right now, so it's probably best to harness the excitement and practice using the new vocab words to evaluate the movie. I am not recommending that he watch the movie, only that he consider the instance of the movie's theme and the current world situation. We then reviewed his homework on the placement exam vocab list and he learned four new words and drilled on them. I sent him four more words for tomorrow. He got a gold star for his essay, and 100% on his vocab drill."
"The student and I reviewed his math homework, and he also worked on an English project. He is doing very well with graphing points and equations. His English project is on the opening to Twelfth Night. He understood the material and had a variety of good ideas on how to present the material. We worked on some of the finer points of his presentation."
"This student is improving his motivation to read and write. He is excited to continue his 20 minutes of reading with his mom each day, and explore new books. He shared his Goosebumps collection, and he'd like to read Charlotte's Web, also."
"This was a really good session. The student was very talkative, so I had him write a narrative about his friend asking for a gift in a game they play. He did really well, it was the best piece of writing he's done for me! Then, we reviewed the book we were reading, Masterminds: Criminal Destiny. He was not overly impressed with the book, and he wrote a review to that effect. We also played a game with asteroids and parts of speech, and he got a new high score. Finally, his homework for this week is to read "Tales of Beedle the Bard," a selection of short stories by J.K. Rowling, and next week, I will test his comprehension of the book."
"This was an enjoyable first session. I performed three different tests to get a clear idea of the student's reading ability. She is a good reader, who is capable of achieving a higher than average reading score for her age."