Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this class, we edited two poems the student wrote before yesterday's class. We did several activities where he had to write down and correct some punctuation."
"The student and I had a great first session working on the material for his English course! We spent some time at the beginning of our session discussing why the instructor wants the student to write in the way he requires -- and discussing the general form of an essay. We spent substantial time first talking about the daily work of the course -- we looked at a regular response that he had written to talk about his writing, talking about 1) content / clarity (he makes some GREAT observations, but he doesn't always explain what he means in what he's written) and 2) grammar / precision (choosing the right word -- he sometimes uses words or prepositions that don't quite work in the context -- proofreading aloud helps a lot here!). We spent so much time on this, not because journal entries need to be perfect, but just as a good sample of his writing that we could "fix." Next, we turned to his essay assignment for after break, looking at the "outline" of opening paragraph and topic sentences that he has already written and discussing how to reshape his observations as critical analysis. He clearly made strides in understanding how to analyze a text vs. restate what the text says. I asked him to revise his outline and begin writing his essay for our meeting next week -- he seemed to feel more confident and ready while leaving to tackle this essay again! An excellent first meeting."
"I had the student read newspaper articles, I quizzed her on those articles, and we worked on crossword puzzles together."