Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a short essay due for her English class. She had a well-planned draft for this assignment, and chose a topic she's written about in the past. The subject is comfortable and familiar to her, and her language is very sincere in this essay. The student's writing has really improved over the past few months, and this was definitely the strongest and most complete draft we've started a session with."
"The student and I have been editing his papers through emails over the weekend for the Monday due dates in his nursing class, he has sent me his rough drafts (#2 and #3) to review for content, APA formatting review, along with grammar and spelling accuracy. His proficiency is improving. I am encouraged by the progress made and the higher quality of finished work produced so far."
"The student and I had a great session! We first practiced identifying active and passive voice, as well as transforming passive into active voice. Then we talked about Romanticism in art history and discussed the terms sublime and beautiful. After that, he took his knowledge of Romanticism and analyzed a painting by Thomas Cole entitled "The Course of Empire: The Savage State." After we analyzed that, he went on to write a paragraph about it. For homework, I will be emailing a short scholarly article about Thomas Cole's Course of Empire series."
"We had a great session tonight. The student did a great job reading his book, and he seems to be understanding it very well. We worked on some of the harder (and now archaic) words and their usages, and I had him describe to me in his own words what was happening in the story. He showed very good comprehension while doing this and selected new spelling words for the week. He seems excited to keep on reading, which, of course, makes me very happy."
"During this session, the student worked on a paper that dealt with the Great Depression for his social studies class. As a history buff, I was able to supplement his research notes with detailed examples and explanations of what caused what during this period, as well as what resulted in the aftermath of the era. I helped him get his thoughts together by explaining some advanced ideas (for a fifth-grade intellect), such as how banks and stock markets work. As he wrote, I checked in after every few sentences to edit his spelling, punctuation, and capitalization, usually having only a minimal amount to correct. I also advised him on what facets of the subject to research further -- he only got about half the paper written and he didn't have any other notes, so I wanted to make sure he was prepared to do the second half on his own."
"This was a great first session with this student! In today's session we worked on English, reviewing grammar basics using worksheets from his teacher; specifically we focused on subjects and predicates in their simple, complete, compound, and inverted forms. He did very well with this material and was able to move quickly through the questions. In future sessions, we will continue to work on more complex grammar, as well as overall organization and study skills."