Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Practiced extemporaneous writing with the student, first with a question about whether it is better to take risks or play it safe in an academic setting, and then on the topic of the pet ownership and its benefits. While she did fine on the first topic, she excelled with the second. In part, this may be because she was more interested in the subject, but I think it was also because I asked her to take a few minutes before writing to plan out her ideas with a pro/con chart. This gave her something to consult while writing, and provided a place to go when she became 'stuck' with an idea. She seemed to really grasp how helpful this was. We also discussed using a Venn diagram as a strategy for planning a compare/contrast paper."
"I prepared a timed write for the student for this week's session. Since we have been working really hard on sentence structure, fragments, and run-ons I wanted to see how he would apply what he has learned in a test like situation. He had thirty minutes to read the prompt, make an outline, and complete his essay. Then we went over the essay together. I was very impressed with how far he has come in sentence structure. I saw a big improvement from the first essay of his that I read. We identified that he needs to work a little bit on essay structure and organization. I showed him an outline model that I find very helpful for timed writes."
"We worked on his lab report, and used recent math to arrive at percentages by which quantities differed between two sets. He did this relatively quickly, and then we worked on some math. The student understands concepts of area in shapes pretty well. Following this, we went over the events of the Civil War he had to learn, including conceptually harder issues like inflation and draft riots."