Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on an informative essay outline. We worked on finding articles to use as sources, citing those sources, and creating notecards out of those sources, in addition to talking about how to format the outline."
"We started by reading an article on types of health. We debated which type of health was most important. I then discussed the elements of a persuasive opinion essay. He developed a thesis and graphic organizer outline for a persuasive essay on why mental health was most important. He then wrote the 5 paragraph essay and I reviewed it with him. We discussed how to expand on original ideas to support his thesis and strengthen his argument."
"The student and I discussed the assignments that I gave her. She's showing that she is critically thinking more, and it's awesome. Last week I assigned her a book to read and we analyzed the first paragraph of the book and discussed its rhetoric and purpose for about twenty minutes. We then watched a video by the novelist John Green about the value of college. We first tackled the structure of the video and then critiqued Green's arguments. Afterward we did a timed prompt on her response to the video."
"Today we reviewed all the lessons we have covered this summer. The student remembered most of his parts of speech with some difficulty on pronouns vs. nouns. He did quite well at identifying common mistakes in usage of homonyms; however, we ran into some problems with possessive forms and proper use of apostrophes. He regularly misplaced the apostrophe an irregular plural forms of nouns. This is something we will be working on. Finally, we covered appositive, adverb, and adjective phrases. He was rusty, but did fair."
"Today the student and I worked on improving his writing. I had him read an article, discuss it with me, and respond to a prompt about the article. For each prompt, we worked on making an outline and coming up with several reasons to support his position. He can come up with several reasons to support his position, but all of the reasons are always very similar. We will work on coming up with different reasons to support an opinion and with writing outlines to aid in writing a response. He was on task and his comprehension of the text was very good."
"The Common App for colleges opened yesterday, so the student and I sat down today to look at essays for numerous universities. The essays are all short, none over 250 words, so we finished one and almost finished another. She wrote well and with great energy; I left her with the assignment of identifying why exactly she was applying to each particular school, which will help us when we pick up next week."