Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since the student and I have spent a reasonable amount of time on the basics of composition, the pace of this session was accelerated in the interest of completing current assignments. She finished a "Reader Response" assignment from last session and made excellent progress on a separate, autobiographical paper. I also spent some time on organizational strategies with her, requesting that she create a table in Word which listed each type of assignment she has in the course. Since she has no syllabus or master list of assignments for the semester, I asked her to fill in this table with remaining assignments during the next meeting with her teacher. I have also asked that she re-locate all of her completed assignments. The autobiography assignment was a much more imaginative task at which she really excelled; Her sense of humor offers a unique writer's perspective that any reader would love!"
"We began the session by discussing the student's assignment guidelines and rubric. We went over her first article (1 of 4) that she wanted to use for her assignment. We discussed the article, took notes, outlined what we were going to write, and she began to write her summary and analysis of the article for her paper."
"The student continued writing the story of Scorpa-Man, his alter-ego. I emphasized sentence structure, common editing symbols, use of detail in telling a story, and providing background."
"The student sent me a start to his letter before our session. He told me about the benchmarks he's been taking in school. For his letter, he said that his opinion changed the more he thought about the issue. He had some strong arguments and how he could refine them. He said that when he writes he only hears his own point of view. However, having my feedback, he said that he's able to think more broadly about the issue and widen his perspective. He needs a hook for his essay. We also went through what it means to using the "environment" and the "ecology." He and I discussed when to use that, which, and who. I showed him a writing website and what resources he can find there. We then did some questions involving subject verb agreement, correlative conjunctions, comma errors, and the passive voice. He did very well with these."
"The student and I continued our review of Algebra tonight. We spent time discussing his homework and preparing for a test he has in his class on Thursday. His first writing assignment is coming up, so we will be discussing that during Wednesday's session."
"I helped the student summarize and reflect on Chapters 4 and 5 of "Go Set a Watchman", and also researched and created an outline for his extra credit assignment due Friday. He was able to clearly summarize both Chapters 4 and 5, and demonstrated a commanding knowledge of the information that had been presented to him in the book. When prompted, he was able to draw valuable conclusions from the text. He is very engaged, and seems to enjoy his English class, and it shows in his very positive attitude. A specific study skill I worked with him on is structuring his thoughts through outlines, which will allow him to write papers more cogently and expeditiously."