Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had already read the short story for today, so we jumped straight into her writing prompt. The question was quite advanced and asked her to think about an extended analogy in the story and then explain it and how it worked with the story's double plot. Naturally, she had some difficulty understanding exactly what the prompt was asking, so I helped work her through what it was asking, what the story's two plots were, and how the analogy worked into both. She then responded in writing on her own, and we proofread the response. For a little fun, we did about ten minutes of cursive writing practice at the end of our session."
"The student and I went over an essay she'd written for class - her teacher's comments focused on sticking to and supporting a thesis/topic sentence, which is an issue we'd discussed in previous sessions. So we reviewed a process for organizing and outlining essays where the assignment is to combine elements of two different texts with a personal point of view. The student said she'd use this process for her next essay assignment. We then looked at an assignment she had completed - writing a sample annotated bibliography entry - and talked a bit about the purpose for such a type of annotated entry. After that we did some punctuation worksheets on using commas and apostrophes."
"Reviewed his last assignment, which was writing an epilogue. Went over the MLA format. Discussed paper writing and expansion of statement sentences. It's super important to support, support, and support one's statements. Assigned him to write about the Boy Scouts."
"The student has two tests next week: one on reading and one on grammar and writing. He had a study guide, so I reviewed with him point-by-point. We also worked on a writing assignment he has for class. He is a great writer; he just needs to be confident!"
"Today we went over sight words, but paid attention mostly to the words with th. The student has some difficulty, so we used a mirror. I wanted her to make sure her tongue was in the right position. We reviewed consonant blends ch and sh. She practiced writing the lower case n. She reread the book from yesterday. Then she wrote a response and illustrated it."
"The student and I continued writing her proposal essay. She had found a few very good articles between our sessions so we worked on note taking. Then we worked on writing two more paragraphs in her paper. She worked on writing good topic sentences and I showed her how to take each paragraph and think through the points she wants to make before she even starts writing. I can see her skills as a writer improving every time. The main hurdle is that English is her second language, and that is a difficulty that she may need help with throughout her studies when it comes to editing her papers."