"Regarding my requests made in the session prior to this, the student has as of now completed her Autobiography assignment and made some progress in locating/re-naming previously completed homework assignments that are ready for submission. I was very pleased to see this!
In our most recent session, I set more stringent parameters for the student in order to quicken the pace of our session. We worked on a "mini RN" assignment, completing 1 of 2 prompts and thoroughly discussing a strategy for completing the second; further, we inserted citations or a characterization of the type of citation required to support concrete details for this second prompt.
In leaving for the day, I composed a short list of tips to motivate and focus the student during her independent study. I really appreciate the support of her parents in holding her accountable to these new practices.
-DO NOT stop typing/writing until you have a completed draft
-Refrain from obsessing over word choice; changes may be made during the revision stage (i.e. when a rough draft has been completed)
-Use a timer to complete small tasks (e.g. 5 mins to find a specific citation; then 8 minutes to write 2 supporting sentences for this quote)
-Continue with this timing strategy by allowing, for example, 30 minutes for a 3-5 sentence body paragraph. Once time has lapsed, you MUST move on to the next paragraph; changes can be made in the stage of revision.
-Do not get hung up on 1 paragraph topic when there are 3 other topics that must addressed in the body and that you feel more confident in attempting. Once you have completed these other paragraphs, take a break and come back to the last, most challenging paragraph encouraged by the fact that the rest of the assignment has been completed."