Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished going over the PowerPoint presentation about improving sentence fluency that I brought in last time. Then we read an essay entitled "Only Daughter," by Sandra Cisneros and discussed the strategies the writer employed in order to make her essay effective. The student first did some pre-writing, then began writing a narrative essay of his own on the subject of family expectations. He will complete it and hand it in at our next session."
"She wrote an expository essay with a new outline technique I have her based on what I thought would help her best. Then we discussed literary devices for a narrative she will write next time."
"During today's session, the student and I examined the progress he'd made on his essay, especially focusing in on phrasing, full analysis/explanation, and transitions. We also discussed ways to integrate quote analysis and strategies for forming introductions, as well as what makes for an appropriate introduction. In closing, we discussed conclusions. Before our next session, I asked that he draft his conclusion and polish this essay (which will then be complete) to the best of his abilities. To aid this process, I sent two handouts on comma usage and common grammatical errors."
"Objectives: Identify main ideas of an essay. Brainstorm ideas for an essay. Plan supporting details. Lesson: Reviewed essays from class and homework assignments. Discussed how to revise for less repetition and better examples and details in supporting paragraphs. Provided student with list of prompts -- created three separate outlines (1 personal narrative, 1 opinion essay, 1 compare/contrast). Brainstormed together and separately: thesis statements, main ideas, listed supporting details and examples, concluding sentence. Assessment: Reviewed final outline after he completed it on his own. Homework: Choose one of the prompts we completed an outline on and do a timed writing essay for it."
"Helped the student with a draft of her paper on Homer's "The Odyssey." She is a very good reader and interpreter of literature, but she still needs some help developing confidence in her insights and strategies in her approach to essays. She is making good progress and is a hard worker."
"The purpose of this session was to revise and edit the student's personal narrative essay draft, which is due in class tomorrow. The draft that he prepared after our last session was very brief, so a lot of the session was aimed at fleshing out the details in his closing paragraphs. It seemed like the student was struggling with forming content and expressing his ideas. Next session we will work on efficient use of the outline to form a map of the essay before drafting paragraphs. I would like the student to become stronger in this skill to organize his thoughts and save his energy so he doesn't lose interest in the subject."
"Today we assessed client's writing proficiency in order to determine what tutoring will be focused upon. Since the student enjoys musical theater, I asked that she write a letter to Rosie explaining her opinion of Rosie's relationship with Albert (characters from Bye Bye Birdie). The student has strong spelling and grammar skills, but has difficulty varying sentence structure and knowing how to avoid run-on sentences. for the rest of the session we worked on her geometry homework. I asked the student to find a biography of an actress that she admires so that we can use that as a guide for writing."
"Today he and I continued to work on his story for his English class, finishing the final draft. We worked on making it more detailed and making it a stronger narrative. We also worked on his citations for a history project on William Howard Taft. We went over why a works cited page is necessary for research projects."
"The student takes a combined English + history class, so we looked over the notes that he was to complete for homework. We discussed some methods to look over text and take effective notes: skimming before hand for section headings, important words, bullet pointing, abbreviations. We made sure that he had all the relevant information in his notes. Finally, we went over an effective method to study notes: folding paper over, and making sure he can answer the question on the left side with the notes he wrote on the right."
"During this session we went over the homework assignment I left him with from our last session. We also wrote a short essay and went over what could be better and what to work on. I left him with an assignment for our next session and continued to express the need for increasing his vocabulary. I advised him to use a thesaurus so that we can continue to bring his wording on a 9th grade."
"On Wednesday, the student and I launched into work on comma usage. It is a big topic, so he and I will devote a lot of time to the various rules governing the particular kinds of sub-clauses, etc. Next week will be devoted to the same topic. We worked on a couple of exercises. He wrote an extended personal piece and edited it to split all run-on sentences, and we then worked together to reconnect the sentences using commas and conjunctions. His homework will consist purely of vocabulary for now. He is responsible for the current set on next Wednesday."
"Joint session with three students. Worked with the first student for 30 minutes on class assignment. Worked with the second student for 45 minutes. Reviewed level 18 and introduced level 19 spelling words. Completed free-writing exercise. Worked on Fred Astaire research paper. Worked with the third student for 45 minutes. Reviewed level 18 and introduced level 19 spelling words. Introduced country research paper."