Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we made another editing pass on the student's paper, based on another read-through of the paper that I did in advance. We ended up fixing some more minor issues of grammar and style, and reworking some sentences that I didn't think flowed all that well, or that were a bit too colloquial in their language. We also did some work on his engagement with secondary sources, bringing in an additional source on "To Build a Fire" and replacing one quote about Of Mice and Men with another, that provided some insightful commentary instead of plot summary."
"She was a very enthusiastic and productive student today! We worked on Lesson 8 from her vocabulary book, continuing from last session and focusing especially on the passage and passage questions. She did a great job of slowing her reading pace, pausing to ask questions when she didn't understand the meaning of a word or phrase, and describing the content in her own words. After we carefully read through the passage together and discussed her questions, she appeared to have excellent comprehension of the material. She needed some help answering the passage questions, and we worked on improving her sentences for correct grammar and phrasing (usually tense issues), but overall she was confident and correct."
"Since the student's writing test is coming up, today we did writing practice. Again, we practiced the process of creating a short outline to organize his thoughts, then writing an expository paragraph consisting of an introduction, at least three main points, and a conclusion. He is very good at learning where to place commas and how to avoid sentence fragments. After he completed his practice, we read a printed excerpt from "The Three Musketeers" for fun. Next session, we will do the same thing, begin with a writing practice then read to relax afterward."
"The student and I had another great session! The lesson centered on the concept of wordiness, so we talked about how to balance meaning and word choices within sentences. First we started with an exercise that had sample sentences for students to clarify their meaning. We then moved onto last week's previous lesson, and he performed the same exercise of reducing wordiness to clarify meaning. He did very well! For homework, he will keep working on the same paragraph."
"The student and I met for the first time and went over her paper. We covered her research plan with specific focus on the variables and how she will measure them. We went over some changes she should make to the document as well as some ways she can explain what she plans to do. We then made a plan to review next draft next week."
"The student and I went over his next assignment on the Iliad. We discussed the idea of warrior ethos in the Iliad, and discussed textual examples. I also helped him formulate his topic sentence. After that we went over his resume, and I helped him proofread and formulate a new section describing his senior engineering project."
"We had a very good session today. We focused on brainstorming ideas for the student's essay on Death of a Salesman, and then organizing the ideas into an outline. She has a great number of very involved, complex ideas to address the essay question, so the key was to nail down her ideas into a structure, and decide on the quotes/examples she's going to use to support her ideas. She's going to focus on writing an introduction, and see if her teacher has suggestions for her essay. We're going to have another session tomorrow to continue honing her ideas as she begins the writing phase of the process."
"This was my first session with the student. She is bright and capable, a little shy, and generally a very good student. Our purpose is to help her improve her reading and especially writing skills, and to get her back to excelling at English. She clearly enjoys reading and is capable of reading on a high level. She is to meet with her teacher this coming week so as to have a better idea of what areas she needs to concentrate on in order to improve. We should have a clearer idea how to proceed after that. In the meantime, we will be going over her classroom reading and other assignments, as well as having her read and write on her own."
"The student worked through 4 pages of workbook material dealing with complex sentences. Particularly he worked on identifying dependent and independent clauses. After finishing the workbook exercises, he worked on an assignment I created where he had to use 12 different words that are used in writing sentences with clauses in them. He had to use the word in a sentence either beginning or ending with an independent clause along with the appropriate use of punctuation. He was able to complete the exercise."
"Today the student worked on his annotated bibliography assignment. He started with an introduction and thesis statement, discussing several topics before deciding on one. I also helped him look up sources for his paper. We discussed the relevancy and credibility of each source and I helped him with the annotations for each one, per his professor's instructions. As this first draft of the bibliography is just the first step of a much larger project, we will be working more during future sessions on subsequent steps."
"The student worked on a lot of writing today. From numbers, to his full name, to words that started with the same letters. We read the "XYZ" My Sound Box book and a Star Wars book. The student used two workbooks for lessons on classifying and identifying pictures whose names begin with particular letter sounds."
"We worked through the introduction, and fine tuned the essay thesis. We also explored the historical news articles and how we would include them in the text. For next time, she will continue working on filling in the parts of the essay based on the outline we produced in the first session."