Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by doing free write. The student talked about his dog, so I asked him to do a free write on how his family got the dog. He did well. Sometimes, he is uneasy about writing on things he doesn't know everything about. With a personal story topic, he is the only expert - he even wrote about his feelings for his dog, which I liked seeing. We had a grammar teaching moment with this exercise, where he learned always to capitalize holiday names. Next, we did a lesson on apostrophes. Finally, we revisited his paragraph from a previous lesson, on his favorite cartoon character. We reviewed the graphic organizer we'd used to map his first draft, and we went sentence by sentence with the new paragraph. We talked about what needs to be included in a topic sentence and a concluding sentence. We also talked about structuring details in parallel fashion for clarity. His revised paragraph was a huge improvement. We'll keep doing this type of exercise, and I think that will translate to a marked improvement in English class."
"I had assigned the student an essay prompt for homework, and we went over her essay together, as well as her brainstorming notes. I helped correct the student's work and pointed out to her that her essay was missing one of the components of the prompt question. I explained to her how the essay prompt usually contains all the information one needs to address to write a successful essay, and thus close reading of the prompt is very important. I had the student write a fresh essay, using another topic she had brainstormed and she was able to address all the components of the prompt. The student covered the topic clearly and competently and was able to catch most of her spelling errors and typos upon rereading. However, I would like to see her be more creative, original and 'outside the box' in her responses. Thus I assigned a homework prompt that would work on her creative brainstorming skills."
"Since her teacher gave her class an extension, the student and I revised the essay that we worked on the previous day."