Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student finished reading The Stranger, which we discussed. He was interested and insightful. I assigned him The Wall and Heart of Darkness and The Metamorphosis. We went over his rough draft research paper on racism. It is a good first draft, but he needs to restructure and add more research."
"We did a close reading of Weschler's essay "Vermeer in Bosnia." By the end of our session I felt the student understood the essay quite well. We also talked about potential points of connection with last week's essay "The White Bird" in preparation for a paper she will write this week synthesizing ideas from both."
"Worked with the student on her writing. We reviewed a practice writing module she had taken and took/reviewed a practice ACT writing module on the website. The student does well with her own writing. We went over some techniques that can help with noticing and picking up on the different kinds of errors, namely saying the various options or sentences out loud, broken down into pieces, and listening for what sounds right and what sounds like it might be wrong. I told her to practice as much as she can because for grammar, the more often you "hear" the right grammar usage, the better you get at picking it up. As a result, I assigned her more practice writing tests to work on."
"We went over some of her chemistry homework regarding atoms and energy levels. Additionally, we also went over an English essay that she had to edit for her class and concentrated on focusing on sentence structure and grammatical errors. Overall, the student is improving in all areas of her classes."
"The pupil has a history paper due Wednesday. This paper is based on a book about Benjamin Franklin. The paper was to be in essay format and answer seven questions provided by the professor. She had finished the paper so I could edit it for grammar, structure, and transitions. It was a well-written paper. She will retype it with the changes I suggested. These changes were primarily centered on wording and directly answering the questions."
"The student had written a brochure in class, and his teacher had noted he did not use topic sentences. We wrote three paragraphs together, each starting with a topic sentence, to address this issue. I think by the third paragraph, he began to understand how to write a topic sentence. Nevertheless, we're going to repeat this lesson."
"The student worked on his writing assignment from last week. I had asked him to write about sports and the effects on fitness and health. We reviewed his essay, discussed means to improve it, and strategies for future essays. Excellent session."
"The student finished the second essay for his college applications. He was over the word count limit, so we spent the first half of the session paring down the essays. We made some changes in language and sentence structure. We also worked to make the essay fit every part of the prompt. He is working on his next set of essays for tomorrow's session."
"We continued to work on the analysis and drafted a conclusion. We worked on the structure and content of the paper according to the guidelines outlined by the professor. For the next session we will review the changes and updates made and make the final adjustments before the paper is due."
"First session. Looked through his school work. We practiced his paragraph writing and transition phrases. I left him with extra sentence and paragraph writing work. No concerns so far."
"We finally have a paper topic for the student: the role of the Central Powers in the July Crisis of 1914. I am going to be pushing him in terms of research. We also reviewed for his French exam tomorrow. The amount of progress he made phonetically in a single session was remarkable."
"This week, we continued working on the student's paper on common sense. It's due at the beginning of next month, so we started the actual composition of the paper today. He wrote the first paragraph, summarizing the work, and the second paragraph on its thesis. Before next week's session he will write the rest of the paper, so we can work on editing and proofreading before the paper is due."