Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Primarily went over the two essays I assigned - one based on analysis, the other argumentative. Walked through how to improve both essays, from condensing sentences to overall structure of the argument and how to craft individual paragraphs. Also left with two more writing prompts for next week. Great session. Saw him picking up on key aspects of solid essay writing."
"The student and I focused on sentence clarity in this session, taking apart many of her longer sentences and examining why run-ons didn't work. We focused on word choice, working on moving away from vague descriptors and into more specific moments. I left her with an assignment to fit the many paragraphs we have worked on into a cohesive start to an essay using transition statements."
"The student had more of a draft finished, but still not completely finished. I gave feedback and editing tips on the existing partial draft, especially about how to signal main points of the paper without reordering entire chunks of text per previous strategy. The student reported that he finished and turned in the final paper and annotated bibliography electronically overnight. I gave research support to find key quotations from primary texts and find improved sources to replace those previously found through the internet."
"Today we worked on an essay he had due. Finished first draft, did a revision and a 3rd draft. He typed it out and printed it, and we did more revisions. He will be sending a final draft to me by Sunday for one more look."
"I met with both students. We initially discussed each students' strengths and weaknesses; we determined that student A would benefit from a general review of ninth grade material before school begins. Additionally, we discussed some study strategies, like breaking projects into separate parts. Student B and I determined to review citation rules, active vs. passive voice, and introductions for academic discourse papers."
"The student and I went over an outline she had created for a story I assigned her called The Lottery. She worked on the outlining skills we had practiced the week before and put them into use. She had a great thesis and we strengthened her choice of quotes when necessary. I also made sure to point out her good ideas on quotes and topic sentences."
"Today I had the student diagram sentences that included: subject/verb, adjectives/adverbs and conjunctions. From the test results one area the student needs improvement on is writing sentences. So the student had to read and fix fragment and run on sentences as well as identify the different parts of sentences ie subject, verb, conjunction, etc."
"Today, the student and I focused on reviewing the comma rules I gave him during our last session. Once he was refreshed on those, we started to review the basic writing structure. I gave him a prompt asking him to produce an argument based on the most important thing people should do over the summer. He conducted some research and decided on a topic. I then worked with him to develop n outline for his topic and look for evidence. I want us to focus on evidence integration because I have noticed that the student struggles with that as well as his comma placement."
"This was the first session, so we did some introductions and then we looked at an essay the student had written and worked together on a plan to revise it. His essay was good. He doesn't seem to have problems getting started or organizing his thoughts. The grammar in the essay could be improved and he needs to work on adding some detail to support his arguments. He is aware of these issues and together we came up with a template for a revision of the essay that addresses them. We talked about the importance of reading regularly and made a plan for him to go to the library and pick out a few books that interest him. We also looked at the writing section of the SAT. We looked at some problems in an SAT book that should help improve his grammar if he practices them regularly. For homework he will be completing two chapters in the SAT book, revising his essay, and reading daily until our next meeting on July 31."
"Met with students and covered a life goal essay for Student 1. Student 2 did a better job on his essay. Voice inflection and tone is improving."
"We completed a literary analysis assignment. There were no scores to note and no extra practice necessary. There are no concerns for this session."
"During today's session, the student and I talked through strategies for making strong introductions and conclusions. He came up with two strong ideas for the introduction for this particular essay, and followed one of them through in crafting a strong intro. and then conclusion. By tying each of his body paragraphs back to his thesis statement, he also finished drafting a very strong essay. When polished, this will serve as a strong model for essay assignments dealing with coming-of-age narratives and longer works of fiction. For Tuesday, I've asked him to work at polishing the essays for grammar and word choice, reminding him to consult the grammar/comma handouts I gave him earlier this semester."