Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I went through his final essay draft. We spent time reworking his introduction and adding footnotes to his essay. This process was a long one, but I think his essay has turned out well, and I think it's much stronger than it was a few drafts ago. The next essay he writes will benefit from this practice and the lessons he learned about the writing process. He is going to send me the essay one more time for review before he submits it tomorrow."
"Today we put the finishing touches and edits on the student's PowerPoint presentation. We also drafted a reflective essay incorporating an abstract, introduction, development, and conclusion using all tenses."
"He came to our session with a draft of his analysis essay today. We spent the time revising and editing his work, adding quotations from the novel to support his claims, discussing citations, and drafting a conclusion and title. For the next session, he will start thinking about possible research paper topics."
"I reviewed nouns, adjectives and adverbs with the student. The purpose was to strengthen his knowledge of how to use more of these parts of speech in his sentence writing. He practiced the usage of these by rewriting some sentences out of his grammar workbook by including at least 1 adjective and 1 adverb to each noun and verb in the given sentence. I then left him with a homework assignment of writing a 3-4 sentence paragraph using as many adjectives and adverbs as possible from a one-sentence example from the grammar book."
"She came prepared with a narrowed down topic for her paper. We went over some of the sources she found to identify useful information she could incorporate into her own research/paper, discussed potential databases and the reliability of various sources, and began making a list of major points to be covered in her paper. We discussed the process of compiling the necessary research and drawing conclusions from them, using charts/graphs to visually show trends. By our next meeting, she should have an abstract written as well as begun organizing the first pages of her paper."
"We worked on letter formation and phonics. This time we used the "bump" technique to try keeping the letters to stay between the lines. He struggles a little bit with keeping the letters the appropriate length, so we practiced that. He is very good with phonics."
"I edited her essay. She is in the process of submitting three essays (one at a time) for her qualifying exams as part of her doctoral candidacy in Nursing. She explained the process that she is in the midst of, and we made a plan of attack for her essays. We agreed--and have followed through--on a plan whereby she wrote a rough draft, I helped with revisions, and she wrote the final draft on her own in preparation for the deadline. Should she have additional questions, we would discuss them as necessary. She is in good shape as she enters the weekend. The base of her essay is sound, and she needs to add some of the finer points to strengthen her argument. She is well aware of the task before her, and I am confident that the final draft will be solid."
"We discussed a paper that she is preparing for a journal. We talked about the way that introductions work and the sort of information that's important to leave in as well as the stuff that needs to be left out."
"In today's session we worked on suffixes. We discussed what they were and the proper ways to use them in sentences. Today, I noticed that both students were writing great sentences that made sense and were descriptive. We then worked on completing the first issue of their newspaper project. They both wrote an article and revised prior articles."
"The student worked from The Sound Box books and rhyming cards to practice writing. He has become much better with "e" and "s" - some of the more difficult letters."
"We went over the last ten chapters of Sense and Sensibility. We talked about the characters and their fates, and what we can learn from them. We talked about Jane Austen's ability to give life to her characters, to criticize different social mores, and her ability to create and upturn conventions in writing. We talked about what the student is doing in school to see if we need to be proactive about any work. It seems like things in school are going fine. Rather we can focus on what we feel she needs to strengthen. We decided that we are going to start to read The Invisible Man by HG Wells for the next class (the first five chapters) and we are going to read The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison afterwards. We read the first two pages of HG Wells to begin to see his style and themes."
"We spent most of our time reviewing the student's outline for his essay on Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms." We also did a little critical reading where he continues to excel. He reads carefully and well, but he still needs to better see and integrate the "big picture" into his thinking and writing. He is also ready to gain a better understanding of how a thesis works. What he knows and understands he performs well--the only thing holding him back are gaps in his knowledge."